Indagare’s Henley Vazquez updates us from Paris, where she is on a mother-daughter trip with her five-year-old, Sofia.
Everyone already knows about the Bristol’s gigantic, perfect rooms and great service, so it comes as no surprise that they are already nearly at capacity for this Fall, partially because the Ritz has closed for renovation.
I also discovered the new kids’ playroom in the spa where parents can drop kids off for free while they get a massage. It’s adorable and part of the whole “we love you, we love your children” mood at the hotel. Using my daughter as a guinea pig, I can attest that the Bristol’s is as good at pampering the kids as the adults (providing pint-sized bathrobes, slippers and cute bath amenities).
Another new discovery is Pink Flamingo Pizza (www.pinkflamingopizza.com), a funky little place with a few locations. The pizzas have gourmet toppings and diners can eat in or place an order and go to a park and wait for the waiters to bike over the pizza and wine. When you order, you are given a brightly-colored helium balloon to hold so they can find you in the park. This is a great idea for families looking for a casual night. They also park a VW bus with a table in it out front of the restaurant—ranking as one of the coolest table in town, in my opinion.
I checked out D’Aubusson (33, Rue Dauphine; 33 143 294 343; www.hoteldaubusson.com) this morning, which is in a great location in St.-Germain on the river, providing easy access to the Right Bank. The rooms on the back of the hotel are the oldes and there are some nice loft duplexes, ideal for families. All rooms are clean, have traditional French look and small but well-maintained bathrooms. The staff is friendly and there is a pretty inner courtyard for guests to have breakfast. It is not right for everyone, but a good choice for those looking for value on the Left Bank.