This is A Love Story at Hotel Napoleon Paris
Paris and Love are synonymous. They just go together. Paris is the City of Light and also the city of Love. It was with great pleasure that we discovered that Hotel Napoleon Paris was also founded on love, a love story that will bring out the romantic in us all.
The Love Story
A wealthy Russian businessman named Alexander Pavlovich Kliaguine met a young Parisian student at a Literary fair in Paris. They fell head over heels in love with with one another. They wed in the1920’s and as a wedding gift, he gave her the Hotel Napoleon Paris in one of the cities most prestigious neighbourhoods, the 8th arrondissement. This was so that his sweetheart could entertain high society in a luxurious environment.
To this day, the hotel stays in the hands of the Kliaguine family and is one of the few hotels in the world that does not belong to a chain.
Many of Russia’s elite came there to enjoy themselves with Alexander Pavlovich Kliaguine and his new wife, and it soon became a very popular hotel with other people such as Errol Flynn, Orson Wells, Steinbeck, Dali and the everywhere man, Ernest Hemingway.
About the Hotel Napoleon Paris Today
The hotel has the ideal location that would woo any young girl. It is located next to the Arc de Triomphe which Emperor Napoleon had erected, 100 metres from the Champs_Elysees and is surrounded by stunning architecture that notable Baron Haussmann created.
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With just 51 rooms and 51 suites, this hotel retains the intimate feel that first attracted the young suitor. The reception areas are regally decorated in royal ruby red and gold patterns. The décor is very French society, and this is what makes the hotel so attractive to guests, both past and present. While it has all of the amenities that modern travelers want and need, it still retains that feeling of Paris in the 1920’s when Paris was the place to be. Paris had claimed their rightful place as a beautiful and cultural city years before. However, it came onto the world stage after the Exposition Universelle of 1889, when the Eiffel Tower was unveiled (so to speak).
The rooms have views of either a lovely courtyard or look at the Arc de Triomphe, and the Eiffel Tower as ours did. They are elegantly designed with rich purples and golds and though renovated, retain that Parisian charm of bygone times. Each room is decorated in different colors and has traditional fabrics and trims with all of the modern amenities, including some lovely Napoleon toiletries by l’Occitane in cute and very Parisian petit shopping bags.
The Influence of Napoleon on the Hotel Napoleon Paris
The Parisian Bivouac Cafe has beautiful frescoes of Napoleon’s military campaigns adorning the walls. The woodwork, lighting and warmth from the fireplace and the rich and elegant colours and furnishings allow you to relax and reflect on Paris as it is meant to be. Of course dining in such surroundings is very pleasurable.
The hotel is filled with French history throughout all areas including the stairwells and are a testament to the Napoleonic history and the history of Paris itself.
Seamless Service at Hotel Napoleon Paris
We were very impressed with the staff and their total efficiency, and friendliness. We had arrived a little earlier than book-in time, and the man on reception sent us through to the Bivouac Cafe for coffee and chocolates on the house. Though we ask for nothing, we were very impressed at breakfast and throughout our stay and the comfortable and attentive efficiency.
The Hotel Napoleon Paris is based on a love story. It is a beautiful love story and the fact that the family still owns the hotel is a testament to this. The location is lovely, and the hotel is old world charm with modern conveniences. What more could one want in the city of love?
40 Avenue de Friedland, 75008 Paris, France
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What a great way to show what to expect for every girl’s checklist! Now I’m informed where the specific hotel I should stay in when I go there (which I don’t know when but I’ll figure it out) . Thank you for informing me on this historic place.
The address is 40 Avenue de Friedland, 75008 Paris, France. You will love the love hotel
The Hotel Napoleon does look very romantic. Thanks for sharing all the history that really makes it a very special hotel.
There is nothing like an amazing story behind a hotel to make it that much more special.
Ah… Where was my Russian nobleman when I needed him? Such an extravagant gift and a lovely hotel. I love places like this that are unique, privately owned and have you thinking, “If these walls could only talk…!”
Me too, as soon as I heard the story I was hooked. He really loved her and the family keep it because of that, or so I was told.
Hotel Napoleon looks delightfully luxurious. I love the history of it.
I also love a good story with any place, it makes it more special
I would love a few nights at Hotel Napoleon! Such a great location, I am picturing me, strolling down the Champs-Elysees in the spring 🙂
People do like to promenade down the Champs-Elysees and this is an ideal hotel to do it from.
Hotel Napoleon seems to be a real great find. We’ve been trying many different hotels over the years in Paris. You’ve just convinced me to try this one!
Thanks and it is lovely hotel in a great location. Really nice staff as well
Love that bed image with the Paris mag, frame it 🙂 What a gorgeous hotel and room, love it!
LOL Noel, I had to do it. It seemed so right in the setting.
Now that’s quite a wedding gift to give – certainly raises the bar for romantic gestures! What an amazing location; we usually stay a little further out but also do enjoy being right in the thick of it from time to time. Also love the relatively small scale of the hotel which gives it a more personal touch. With the standard on display here, the Hotel Napoleon has gone right to the top of our list for our next visit to Paris.
I did mention to Gordon that it left his gifts a little to be desired. It is a lovely hotel.
Looks like a lovely hotel. I didn’t think Paris could get any more romantic but staying at Hotel Napoleon, with its charming history, takes it up a notch. I can never grow tired of this lovely city and hope to go back later this year – this is a very tempting option.
I will never grow tired of Paris either and it is a city with so many stories.
I stayed at this hotel about 10 years ago and recall we had a view of the Eiffel Tower, albeit quite distant. The location was good, with the Champs Elysees only a stone’s throw away, and I think I’m right in saying it’s the nearest hotel (or at least it was!) to the Arc de Triomphe.
It is still the closest to the Arc de Triomphe and and just 100 meters from the Champs-Elysees. We were able to enjoy the light show from the Eiffel Tower so it was fun.
We loved wandering around the 8th arr. on our last stay in Paris. What a divine stay this looks to have been. Although our favorite Parisian hotel is also in the 8th, Hotel Napoleon could certainly woo us. 🙂
We are generally in the 2nd arrondissement so this was different for us and we joined the promenade each evening up the Champs-Elysees