Presenting the October News from the Chess Hotel
We are well into the season of autumn now, and as we present our October news our thoughts are turning increasingly towards the Christmas season. It’s never too early to begin making your festive plans. With this in mind, this month we would like to make a few suggestions for a touch of retail therapy to brighten your autumn. Shopping in Paris is always a delight, but at this time of year the experience is heightened by a sense of anticipation. At The Chess Hotel you can be certain of comfort and relaxation as we provide the perfect base for your shopping expedition.
Shopping experiences to be enjoyed close to the Chess Hotel
At the Chess Hotel we are pleased to enjoy a prime location right in the centre of Paris. Close by are the department stores of the Boulevard Haussmann and the magnificence of the Opera Garnier. Also within convenient walking distance can be found a number of other historically and culturally important landmarks that may not be as well known internationally, but are nonetheless of great interest. The Place Vendôme and the Rue Saint-Honoré can be thought of as iconic Parisian locations, due to their distinctive architecture and the history they present. However, they are also superb locations for shopping, offering an in-depth selection of some of the most fashionable brands in the world.
Then, to help you to relax after a busy day’s shopping, why not stop by the Café de la Paix, where excellent food is served amidst Second Empire opulence to produce an overall effect that is undoubtedly and exhilaratingly Parisian.
Place Vendôme; The symbol of luxury and elegance in Paris
Located in the first arrondissement, just north of the Tuileries Gardens, is a masterpiece of urban design that was laid out in the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Originally created to reflect the glory of the Sun King, Louis XIV, and his military might, it remains an architectural treasure to this day. Napoleon I had the central column erected to commemorate a military victory in 1810, and a statue of the emperor stands imperiously atop the monument today. All around the square are luxury stores embodying a refinement and elegance that is entrancing, adding to the unique ambience of the Place Vendôme.
The Café de la Paix; A Parisian institution
Located within the Intercontinental Paris Le Grand Hotel can be found the Café de la Paix. Named after the Rue de la Paix, this famous café restaurant located close to the Opera Garnier will charm you with its elegance, woo you with its fascinating history and seduce you with the excellence of the cuisine prepared by the head chef Christophe Raoux and pastry chef Dominique Costa. Here, amidst the tasteful glamour of a bygone age recently meticulously restored to its full magnificence, you can dine in the company of the ghosts of Emile Zola, Oscar Wilde and Marlene Dietrich.
Enjoy world class shopping; Rue Saint-Honoré
Paris is famed worldwide for being a capital of quality shopping. One of the leading streets in the city for high end retail is the Rue Saint-Honoré, just a short, pleasant stroll from the Chess Hotel. This picturesque thoroughfare, with its delightful architecture and sense of history, is the home to a plethora of upscale shops. Here you can find the atelier and boutique of Dominique Sirop, as well as brand name stores such as Pierre Cardin, Hermes, Lancome and many more. Then, after all that shopping, why not stop for a break at the prestige Dalloyau tea room?
The Chess Hotel, a chic 4 * hotel close to the Opera Garnier