10 hotels to travel close to home

What if we treat ourselves to a great escape… a stone’s throw from the house? To change your scenery for a night, get some fresh air and feel a bit on vacation, you don’t have to travel hundreds of kilometers. You just have to play tourist by going to sleep near your home. All over France, hotels compete in imagination to offer experiences for two. Gastronomy, cocooning, idleness and more, if affinities … We promise you enchanted parentheses.

Make yourself a canvas in your room at the Hotel Paradiso, in Paris

L'hôtel Paradisio de MK2, premier hôtel-cinéma à Paris.

© Romain Ricard – The Paradisio hotel by MK2, the first hotel-cinema in Paris.

We all dreamed about it one day: curl up in a private screening room to make your own cinema in complete privacy. By opening in Paristhe first cinema-hotel, the Karmitz brothers, owners of the MK2 cinemas, granted this wish. In the Cinema Suites of the aptly named Paradiso, the 7th Art takes care of the direction and dictates the scenario. And you take the lead, projectionist for a day or a night for as many in-room sessions as you want. In this place entirely dedicated to the cinema, the latest films showing as old classics are available, also visible in the open air, on the roof terrace, when the sunny days have returned, or with exclusive access to the 6 screens of the MK2 cinema. Nation, adjoining the hotel and its 36 rooms.

Enjoy the spa at the Caserne Chanzy Hôtel & Spa, in Reims

Pause bienêtre à la Caserne de Chanzy.

© Spa Deep Nature – Wellness break at the Chanzy barracks.

Fire, firefighters … In these times of covid, we have never had so much need for a change of air! In Reims, the Caserne Chanzy Hôtel & Spa deploys the large scale to get out of the daily grind. And it sparkles with a duo formula offered every weekend in this bright Art Deco fire station transformed into a luxury hotel signed Autograph Collection by Marriott. During a sacred interlude, enjoy meals served in your room, specially concocted by the Grande Georgette brigade, bottle of champagne and view of the cathedral as a bonus. And we are pampered at the bright and shimmering Spa Deep Nature where face-to-face treatments and massages make you bubble with pleasure.

Spend a naughty night at Mama Shelter in Lille

To entertain its guests, Mama Shelter is renowned for its expertise. In its Lille address, just the decor is already a whole program with in addition superhero masks or cartoons arranged on the headboards. Shall we get caught up in the game? Yes, especially since the chain also has fun spicing up the stay with a Sexy Mama Box containing enough to spend a night … not quite like the others. Come on, we’ll tell you everything: feather duster, vibrator, masturbator, lubricant, massage oil, condoms will be there, among others. To recover, dinner in your room, welsh or mussels and fries, will not be too much. So, dare!

Dinner in your room at the Imperator, in Nîmes

L'une des chambres de l'hôtel Imperator, à Nîmes.

© Stefan Kraus – One of the rooms at the Hotel Imperator, in Nîmes.

A little romance is what we need. A stone’s throw from the Maison Carrée, the famous Arena and the beautiful Museum of Romanity, what could be better than an ancient but regenerating break at the Impérator, a legendary address in the capital of the Gard. From March 15, Maison Albar Hotel reopens the doors of its 53 rooms and 8 private houses to welcome applicants to regained serenity. Food lovers will also be delighted because the creative, atypical and gourmet cuisine of the multi-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire inspires the menus of Duende (1 Michelin star) and the Impé brasserie. The meals served in room service thus promise to brighten up the stay as the lengths in the two swimming pools, with personalized reservation slots.

Do yourself good at the Grand Hôtel Dinard, at Barrière in Brittany

Since January 22, for weekends and school holidays, the Barrière hotels have once again been letting in the light, from the beaches of Touquet in Hauts-de-France to the Planches de Deauville in Normandy and the salted heather of Brittany. , from Dinard to La Baule. Objective: well-being and the outdoors in the heart of winter. At the Grand Hôtel Dinard, as in the other addresses of the group, meals are served in a room transformed into a private dining room, dry treatments provided at the spa by appointment. But we also take in the sea air by frequenting the spectacular golf course of Dinard, two throws of a small white ball. And the Grand Hôtel Dinard also lends classic or electric bikes for iodized pedaling … Phew, let’s breathe!

Be amazed at the Hôtel Dieu InterContinental in Marseille

Fancy a romantic getaway with the Mediterranean as a witness, Notre Dame de la Garde and the Old Port taking care of the decorum? Then head to a private terrace of the Hôtel Dieu InterContinental in Marseille. By booking an Executive terrace room for the night, you will have the Phocaean city at your feet. In this cocoon with a view, dinners (two menus, three courses, half a bottle of champagne) and breakfasts will be all the more memorable. As a pampered VIP, you will also benefit from private access to the Spa by Clarins, which has just reopened, and even, in the “Celeste Idylle” version for two, 30 minutes of personalized treatments.

Be cocooned between stars and snowflakes in La Bouitte, in the Alps

Spa de l'hôtel La Bouitte.

© Matthieu Cellard – Spa at the hotel La Bouitte.

Imagine … the roofs of the chalets, the majestic fir trees, the snow-capped peaks, the sinking valley and the happiness that rises as the road climbs towards Saint-Martin de Belleville and the small hamlet of Saint- Marcel. It is there, in the Alps, in the Vanoise massif, that La Bouitte is perched, the warm and refined Relais & Château 5 of the Meilleur family. “ Make life better *” is his credo and it has never been so topical. What a joy then that this true gastronomic service delivered in the 15 cocoon rooms. The same cozy atmosphere at Spa La Bèla Vya, privatized on request for singular, intimate, unique moments face to face with the mountain.

Forget the spirit of the times at the Palais Gallien in Bordeaux

Right in the historic center of Bordeaux, the Palais Gallien, the city’s last 5 *, is a witty setting. 22 rooms and suites including 8 with jacuzzi are nestled in this beautiful residence honoring the three emblematic philosophers and writers of Bordeaux. The 3 M, -Montaigne, Montesquieu and Mauriac-, inspired the spirit of the place. What to meditate on the state of the world and the things of life. But with philosophy, because the romantic pack with rose petals and champagne, room service meals at La Table du Montaigne and the relaxation offers with in-room massage should comfort all epicureans.

Put Lyon at your feet at Villa Florentine

Piscine en terrasse à la Villa Florentine.

© Andrea Stenger – Terraced swimming pool at Villa Florentine.

Wow, what a view! The roofs of old Lyon cascade down to the Saint-Jean cathedral, majestically erected below, and the city of light sparkles in the setting sun. From the terraces of Villa Florentine, a former convent transformed into a luxury 5 * Relais & Chateaux, you have a front row seat. Panoramic swimming pool and hot tubs, outdoor and heated, make the experience even more thrilling in these times of restrictions. Ready to take the plunge? Booking a room opens (regulated) access to this privilege. And it is in a bathrobe that you can then enjoy the meal served in your room.

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