La Belle Juliette leaves a sweet taste in your mouth, thanks to its confectionery-coloured interiors (rose-pink furniture, parma violet paints, humbug-striped sofas), tiered cake-stands, and soufflé-loving chef.
Save room for teatime, when the cake stands all but groan under the weight of gorgeous gateaux. Twice a month, the hotel hosts a musical mélange in the restaurant-cum-salon. The spa menu takes its cues from ancient Chinese medicine. Pick your pampering ritual according to which bits need TLC. Sore feet? Have the Peking at Your Feet soak, scrub and massage. Tired paws? Go for Happy Hands.
Spend some time relaxing in the hammam and swimming pool, and of course, stretched out on the massage bed in one of the treatment rooms. Absorb some French history with a walk to Notre Dame (www.notredameparis.fr) and the Abbey of Saint-Germain des Pres on Rue Bonaparte. Stroll up and down the hotel’s own street, Rue du Cherche-Midi, exploring the boutiques and bistros. Leave your diet at the door and venture out for Pierre Herme’s first pastry boutique (www.pierreherme.com). See which bands are on tour at Nouveau Casino (www.nouveaucasino.com). Browse the fashion and homewear at Le Bon Marché nearby (www.bonmarche.co.uk). Of course, you mustn’t miss the Musée d’Orsay (www.musee-orsay.fr).
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