I became familiar with the song ‘April in Paris’ some years ago, when I bought an old recording of Sarah Vaughan singing it… I listened to it non-stop for the entire duration of Spring that year.
The song conjures up such wonderful feelings and images…
“April in Paris,
Chestnuts in blossom,
Holiday tables under the trees…..”
That beautiful golden era of Jazz, is one of my ‘wishlist’ ages; one of those times I wish I’d experienced for myself. The early 20th century heyday, when music and fashion trailblazers, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Coco Chanel, among so many others, roamed the cobbled streets and hidden corners of Paris… sipping whisky in the cabaret clubs and laughing together over coffee in the many cafés…
So you can imagine my delight when I was invited to stay at Hotel de la Trémoille, one of the hotels where Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington regularly met in the 1960s …and it was during one of their stays that they spontaneously let rip with their jazz ensemble on the street corner… how I would have LOVED to have seen that!
And I suspect they were in town filming the below – The Battle Royal scene from the movie ‘Paris Blues’ (1961) with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and his Orchestra, Sidney Poitier, and Paul Newman. Just amazing.
And it’s not just cool jazzers who have stayed here… the hotel also counts Charles de Gaulle, Orson Welles, Johnny Depp and Madonna among their satisfied guests. Oh, and Poppy. Obvs.
Located on a quiet street in the heart of Paris’ swish 8th arrondissement, the five-star Hotel de la Trémoille, with its 93 rooms, is situated bang in the middle of the ‘Golden Triangle’, surrounded by designer boutiques, (THAT Dior where Carrie Bradshaw flies across the floor) diplomatic residencies and bound by the Champs Elysees, Avenue Montaigne and Avenue George V. The Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Faubourg Saint-Honoré and Tuillerie Gardens are all just moments away as well, so the location really could not have been any better for us on a little city break.
We had taken the Eurostar, so was very easy to hop on the metro once we arrived. A few stops later and we were there, checked in and shown to our gorgeously sunny room…
I had with me my two trusty city break must-haves – my Jude Cabin Suitcase from Revelation London, and dark chocolate brown buttery leather tote, from Pittards England. Everything I needed fitted easily into these two brilliant bags – they were the perfect combo.
The room also had a secret breakfast hatch, where room service or laundry could be left for you, without anyone needing to knock the door or disturb you in your jimjams. This was a very exciting development for me. I toyed with the idea of the hatch being magical, like the post box in that film with Sandra Bullock.. and perhaps I should leave a letter for Duke Ellington there. With a sandwich. And memories of Owen Wilson in the Woody Allen movie ‘Midnight in Paris’ flooded back and I thought that I might actually meet Ella Fitzgerald, accompany her on the piano downstairs in the bar and perhaps CHANGE THE COURSE OF HISTORY.
But then I got distracted by the minibar…
We spent the day mooching around the city (and you can see everything we got up to over here) and had dinner that evening, in the hotel’s Louis² Restaurant.
The meal was delicious and the perfect end to a long, tiring and exciting day in Paris.
There is a shining grand piano in the bar, where you can currently hear a fabulous jazz pianist play on Thursday nights. A Möet & Chandon service is offered on these elegant evenings, whisking you back to 1960s swinging Paris…. And if you are a real jazz lover you might be interested to know that the Paris Jazz Festival is coming up and Paris will be playing host to International Jazz Day on April 30th this year…
And if you’re looking for somewhere magical to stay, well look no further.
April in Paris has never been better. Or more luxurious.
Rates for a double standard room start from €360 (£283) per room per night including a continental breakfast and wi-fi. For further information or to book visit www.hotel-tremoille.com or call +33 156521400.
I and LM were guests of Hotel de la Trémoille. And if I hadn’t loved it I wouldn’t have written about it.