I spent NYE in Paris. I had the idea to spend NYE in Paris many months before January 1st and booked myself and my boyfriend into the boutique style hotel Le Metropolitain. This hotel is part of the Radisson group of hotels and had touches that reminded one of that like the Nepresso machine in the room (which I love) and their usual bathroom amenities with the lovely bergamot smell. However for the most part this felt like the boutique hotel experience it was.
The staff were attentive, friendly, chatty and of course helpful (the bartender while helpful was not the cheeriest however he can be forgiven for being made to work NYE!). This hotel only has 48 rooms of which 10 are suites, I stayed in one of the Classic rooms. This category has the smallest size rooms at 20 sq/m. It’s perfect for one and just enough room for 2 (there has been no skimping on the bathroom, it takes up a lot of the floor space). I loved the full length windows which opened up. In our room it allowed for leaning out over the juliet balcony for a view of the Eiffel tower at the end of the road. Fantastic. It is recommended to shut the window before morning as a very loud garbage truck comes by at about 6am!
This room, like our room in Rome, had a designer involved in the hotel and room designs and like in Rome I suspect it had to have been a man. The evidence being that the only mirrors were in the bathroom where the lighting was poor and none were full length. Neither my boyfriend nor I liked that the toilet was visible through the glass wall that divided the bathroom from the passageway to the room’s door. I really think they need to install some sort of sliding door across the toilet cubicle part of the bathroom for a little more privacy. The hotel, despite its small size, does have a pool which unfortunately I did not get to try due to someone forgetting their swimwear (we did try to find some but January in Paris isn’t swimwear season apparently). There is also a large restaurant on site. It was hard to tell if it was popular with the locals due to the fact that most Parisians escape to the ski resorts for NYE and so they only had the restaurant available for breakfast during our stay.
The location is great, a very nice neighbourhood on the Right Bank in the 16th arrondissement where you will be steps away from the Palais de Chaillot which has a fantastic balcony for viewing the Eiffel Tower. Make sure to be there on the hour after dark when the Eiffel tower twinkles and sparkles, it’s magical. There are shops and restaurants steps away and a short stroll you will find yourself on the Champs-Élysées. The closest Metro stop is less than 5 minutes away, Trocadéro with lines 6 and 9. If you are in the area and would like to try a traditional French bistro we really enjoyed the friendly atmosphere at Le Poincare and the steak tartare was to die for.
As you could see the Eiffel tower from the hotel bar that is where we spend NYE. Surprisingly Paris doesn’t have any official parties and joining the crowds in the rain on the Champs-Élysées where most gather didn’t appeal. Watching the Eiffel Tower twinkle at midnight in front of the hotel after a nice dinner in a neighbourhood restaurant and drinks in the cozy bar was much more my speed.