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Hotel Byblos, St Tropez

Hotel Byblos turns 50: Every Year’s A Party

The Hotel Byblos turns 50 but every year’s a party at this St Tropez haunt of the rich and famous.  I celebrate a little earlier, here in the capital.

Happy Birthday, Hotel Byblos

If you’ve ever visited Hotel Byblos in St Tropez, then I won’t need to tell you how amazing it is.  This year it turns 50, and from what is planned, it doesn’t intend to slow up or slow down at any point. In fact, I don’t know another hotel who flies over the Head Chef to London to help those who can’t make it, celebrate.

Hotel Byblos, St Tropez

I was a guest of the owner of Groupe Floriat and The Corinthia‘s private dining room in Massimo Restaurant was transformed, with a couple of familiar images, for a couple of hours at least.

Hotel Byblos, St Tropez

Hotel Byblos, St Tropez

Hotel Byblos, St Tropez

Hotel Byblos, St Tropez

A 720° experience

The hotel has launched an app which is downloadable, both for iPhone and android, which allows the visitor to enter the world of the Tropezian palace.  It gives the visitor the freedom to book a table at the Hotel’s Ducasse Restaurant, Rivea, or at the B.  It’s a 720° experience which includes a visit to the famous nightclub Caves du Roy.  A list of must-visit places, recommended by the Hotel’s Head Concierge helps you make the most of your stay, including events in the town and locale.

Early Birthday Party

We began, pretty much like you would at Byblos, around the pool, with a glass of wonderful champagne.  A series of appetisers came around, including market-fresh crudites with the Hotel’s anchovy paste.

Hotel Byblos, St Tropez

Hotel Byblos, St Tropez

As you would in St Tropez, a short stroll from drinks to the restaurant for a marinated sea bream dish, uses a limited edition Olive Oil No 50 commissioned for the celebrations.

Hotel Byblos, St Tropez

Sisteron Lamb is tender and incredibly tasty.  The meat is light pink and has a very delicate flavour.  Flocks graze on large natural pastures.  From the plains of La Crau to the summits of the Alps. They feed on the natural grasses and herbs which include thyme and rosemary.  Flown in and served with Capoun de Blette, a speciality from Nice, and a herbed jus.

Hotel Byblos, St Tropez

Hotel Byblos, St Tropez

Cheese was from Banon in the region and a soft Tomme.

I was hoping for the signature dessert but the Head Chef, Vincent Maillard, did exceptionally well with the small space he had.  A marvellous Citrus Tian, a Provence speciality is a fabulous alternative and Summer in a dish.

Hotel Byblos, St Tropez

The Hotel closes for the winter but gird your loins.  Grab your oversized sunhat and Hermes pool slides, Louboutin’s and floor length slip dress (white of course) because The Byblos reopens on April 13.

To find out more about Hotel Byblos, in addition to my musings, visit their website.

It’s A Must – Why This Boutique Hotel In Paris Is One Of The Best Ever

It’s a boutique hotel in Paris, directly on the Seine, opposite the Gare d’Austerlitz and a quick walk from the Gare de Lyon, perfect for the business traveller and tourist.  Designed by Parisian boat architect Gérard Ronzatti and constructed in Rouen, Normandy.  It’s 80m long and 20m wide and is the largest vessel moored on the Seine.

We hopped straight off the Eurostar and straight onto the RER, and within 15 minutes we were at the Quai.

Paris Boutique Hotel

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Boutique Hotel: The Rooms

There are 54 rooms on here, and you can choose from Rive Gauche rooms which overlook the quay and Rive Droite rooms which face the river

Paris Boutique Hotel

We stayed on the top deck in the Sunset Suite which had taken its inspiration from the Jaffa Cake, one of four suites, and we LOVED it. Maurizio Galante, the haute-couture fashion designer, is responsible for this all-orange room.

Paris Boutique Hotel

Paris Boutique Hotel

Paris Boutique Hotel

If you’ve slept on a sizeable barge on a commercial waterway, you’ll understand that it can get quite busy.  Even if those large vessels do pass, there’s little effect from any wash.  In fact, you only realise you’re on the water when you look out of the window.

Paris Boutique Hotel

Our room had a bath and separate toilet, safety deposit box, and all the mod-cons, including decent wi-fi.  I think there was a flat screen television although we didn’t switch it on.  Everything from adaptors to toiletries, umbrellas and fluffy bathrobes and eco-friendly slippers.  They’ve even got folding micro scooters or ‘trotinettes’ for your enjoyment which we used to scoot to Eric Kayser’s bakery for breakfast on Friday morning.

Paris Boutique Hotel

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Check-in time is a later than average, 4 pm although it’s a very regular check-out at noon.

All rooms are non-smoking, but there are designated smoking areas, basically outside.

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Boutique Hotel: The Public Areas

The bar is intimate, and I’m sure it’s packed during the summer months. Their menu is a great read, expect decent cocktails and an elegant tapas menu.  It’s also from this menu between 5 pm and 11 pm you can order room service.

Paris Boutique Hotel

Paris Boutique Hotel

Be aware that there is a floating pontoon directly opposite the hotel which doubles up as a ‘party boat’, according to some reviews on Tripadvisor.  So check with the Hotel that your sleep won’t be too disturbed. There are ear plugs in the wardrobe for a reason.  We were lucky.  I’m not sure whether we were well lubricated, or it doesn’t come alive on a Thursday night in late November.

Don’t stay here if you want to penny pinch; the drinks are expensive, the rooms aren’t cheap and if you’re not prepared to walk or take the RER, suck it up.  It’s a great example of a Boutique Hotel and the only floating hotel in Paris.  I’ll be back.

Staff are relaxed yet attentive, my kind of service.

Part of the Elegancia group.

OFF Paris Seine, 20-22 Port d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

Paris Boutique Hotel