L’Escale B&B Cassis: quiet hideaway on the French Mediterranean

If you are looking for a quiet retreat along the French Mediterranean, L’Escale B&B Cassis is a lovely chambre d’hôtes (a French version of the bed and breakfast) housed in a 1930s villa which has been recently renovated. What I like about L’Escale B&B Cassis is the location: 50 metres above the crystal blue waters of […]

Hotel Le Quartier Bercy Square: affordable chic in Paris

Hotel Le Quarter Bercy Square is a well designed affordable three-star hotel close to the Gare de Lyon, one of the main train stations of Paris. It has an interior courtyard garden and a small cafe bar for drinks, coffee and snacks. The hotel is easily noticeable out front, with a bright red door and a […]

Le General Hotel Paris: chic boutique hotel near Canal Saint Martin

Le General Hotel Paris is a retro-inspired boutique hotel designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel located in the trendy 11th arrondissement of Paris. Upon entering the hotel, you are immediately welcomed by the warm ambiance and colourful design. Decorated with bright pops of colour from pink-stenciled walls to yellow armchairs, the lobby provides a hint of the peacefulness […]

La Magnaneraie: charming hotel with lovely gardens in Avignon

Hotel La Magnaneraie is a charming hotel just outside the walls of the old city of Avignon. Its bountiful gardens and heated outdoor swimming pool allow guests to forget their worries and enjoy the climate of Provence. The advantage of staying just outside the walled city is the ease of getting to (and out of) […]

Le Grand Balcon Hotel Toulouse: elegant 1930s boutique hotel

Le Grand Balcon Hotel tucked away in Toulouse, France on the banks of the River Garonne, is an elegant boutique hotel whose decor is inspired by the 1930s and the adventurous aviation spirit of the decade. The hotel once provided lodgings for French air mail pilots such as the pioneering French aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, […]

La Maison Rouge: charming bed and breakfast in Uzes (Languedoc)

La Maison Rouge is a lovely bed and breakfast in the ancient town of Uzès, an excellent base for exploring Nîmes, Arles and the Pont du Gard. Named after the original red brick façade of the building which was constructed in the 1830s, this B&B has four rooms, each with a distinctive style. The Canopy Room has […]

La Bandita Townhouse Tuscany: luxury boutique hotel in Pienza

La Bandita Townhouse  is set amidst the cobblestoned streets of Pienza (Tuscany), a jewel of a Renaissance town near Montepulciano. Until it opened, there were few luxury boutique hotels in the town. La Bandita Townhouse could be the backdrop for an epic Hollywood romance or a heartbreaking period piece. And, really, that’s because Tuscany has […]