What if these troubled times were the ideal moment to kiss and make up with Valentine’s Day? Paris’ luxury hotels certainly intend to celebrate February 14 in #staysafe style.
We agree, Valentine’s Day is first and foremost overly commercialised, a tad cheesy, and rarely done in good taste. But that was then. Now any reason to celebrate is welcome! To such an extent that this 14 February 2021 is set to be the first in a long line of post-COVID Valentine’s. But as we’re not quite there yet, let’s make the most of what’s on offer in the here and now. And in that spirit, hats off to Paris, which is doing its best to rekindle the flame. Here at SoBARNES, we can't recommend revisiting these luxury hotels highly enough, or at least those still open. Even more so given that although their restaurants and bars may be closed, their room service is still open for business. Ideal for Valentine’s Day, no?
Starting with the Lutetia on the Left Bank, which is playing the classicism card in Saint-Germain-des-Prés with a room or a suite romantically decorated with rose petals, a champagne diner for two and two typically Parisian breakfasts (the most important meal of the day, after all!). With an added extra to make the experience exceptional: access to the spa, gym and pool:
On the Right Bank, a short walk from the Elysée, Le Bristol is pulling out all the stops with a room also covered in rose petals, in addition to the house special cocoa candy. As night falls over Paris, Chef Eric Frechon is putting his stars into creating an intimate room service meal. The turbot with Kampot pepper and black truffle, the fattened chicken in vin jaune and the frosted pink champagne will feel all the more exotic right now! Brunch and champagne will be served the next morning, delivered as if by magic to the foot of the bed. Here too you’ll have access to the panoramic pool (strongly recommended by SoBARNES).
On the same side of the river but with a different décor is La Réserve, opposite the Grand Palais. The dinner cooked up by Jérôme Banctel is served in the cosy cocoon of the rooms with a cocktail specially mixed for the occasion to kick things off. And a high calibre breakfast included, of course. The icing on top? Access to the spa, with a treatment for two. The lucky sweethearts will feel as though Paris is truly at their feet...
The other option to is bring the hotel service to you. The Peninsula is giving you the opportunity to celebrate February 14 at home with a gourmet dinner, delivered within Paris and to 22 surrounding towns. The same goes for the Crillon, which is serving a four-course menu from Chef Boris Campanella, including a dessert to share by Pastry Chef Matthieu Carlin. Young pastry chef Quentin Lechat, at the Royal Monceau, has created the Pomelo’ve as his Valentine centrepiece: a pink grapefruit heart accompanied by almond powder, candied ginger, pomegranate seeds and rosehip, all flocked with red thanks to the raspberry powder. A work of art, available to click and collect for a few days only. A true Valentine’s exclusive.
So how much will all this set you back? We prefer not to say. It wouldn't be polite, after all, to reveal the price of a gift.
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