Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Springtime in Paris... and Beyond

It’s no wonder that April in Paris has been captured in everything from Hollywood films to iconic photographs to the eponymous jazz standard. Indeed, all of France is lovely this time of year: the weather is balmy, cultural festivals abound and gardens everywhere are in bloom. Jetsetter have collected memorable experiences in the City of Light and beyond, whether you’re looking for a sleek fashion hotel on the Left Bank or a 15th-century castle in the Loire region. Bon voyage!

Hotel Keppler from $367 per night
Tucked away on a quiet street in the fashionable Golden Triangle, the Hotel Keppler offers a dose of color and warmth during the drizzly season in Paris. It’s an intimate place, run like the private home of a connoisseur. Interiors by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon channel pure high-style Paris.

Hotel & Spa de la Bretesche $208 per night
Set on the boundary between Brittany and the history-rich Loire region of France, this Relais & Chateaux hotel and spa feels like a castle from a fable. The stone buildings of this 32-room property stand stately and formal, though inside all is lively, contemporary design, with vivid reds, chocolates and golds playing against ancient dark woods. Everything has a history: The bar was once a stable, and the restaurant was once a coach house. And outside, an archway in the courtyard leads to a gorgeous 18-hole golf course that frames the 500-acre property.

Hotel du Louvre $1163 per night
The Hotel du Louvre — one of the oldest luxury hotels in France — surely has the best location in Paris. It’s surrounded by icons: the Opera Garnier, the Comedie Français, the Palais Royale and the Louvre itself. The balconies are so close to the facade of the Louvre, you’ll believe you could reach in and touch the Mona Lisa. That may be impossible, but art lovers can nevertheless peer through the museum windows from their rooms, making their stay feel like an impromptu viewing at an intimate gallery.

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