“Originally built in 1807 on the famed Rue de la Paix in Paris, the Hotel Westminster has witnessed extraordinary historic events in the centre of Paris, all the while retaining its authenticity and originality.
Named in honor of the Duke of Westminster and his patronage to the hotel during the 19th century, the Westminster is decorated with his coat of arms ever so discretely. His visits have set the tone of welcoming royalty ever since.
In 1877, the hotel began further construction under the direction of architect A. Gautier. Even today, the hotel has retained its original Haussmanian façade and bears his signature.
In the 1920s, the hotel was decorated in an impressive assembly of antique clocks that graced the rooms and suites.”
Helen, owner and creator of the blog London meets Paris, posted on 03/12/2019:
“…feet away from Place Vendôme and the Palais Garnier, Paris’ majestic Opéra House. Rue de la Paix is home to some of the finest designer shops in Paris, right next door is Cartier, opposite is Tiffany’s and of course many others such as Breitling, Alfred Dunhill and Bulgari. Rue de la Paix leads on to what is surely Paris’ most beautiful square, Place Vendôme where the newly renovated iconic Ritz Hotel is situated.
The Place Vendôme was built around 1681-1699 by order of the French King, Louis XIV and designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart.
The original Vendôme Column was destroyed during the French Revolution. Place Vendôme has such a regal feel not least because there are even more super-lux couture designers here, but the buildings are the epitome of French neo classical style which adds to the understated glamour of this beautiful square. Then there’s the historic green Vendôme Column in the centre erected again in 1806 commissioned by Napoléon to celebrate the victory of the Battle of Austerlitz and modelled on Trajan’s column in Rome. The column is complete with the statue of Napoleon.
The hotel with its striking black and gold awning and dramatic all-glass entrance is full of timeless Parisian charm…
Off reception is the entrance to the gorgeous richly decorated wood-panelled Dukes Bar which leads through to the One Michelin starred Le Céladon restaurant…
There are 102 rooms in all at the Hotel Westminster, all very different…whether it’s a Standard Room or a Suite, all are equipped with the same facilities, rich fabrics and marble bathrooms.
…I was so impressed I had to immediately phone my husband who couldn’t join me on this trip to let him know all about not just my Suite but the hotel too which he couldn’t even remember staying in…I had a list full of things to do in Paris sticking to the Opéra neighbourhood…
Later that evening, I came back to the most generous surprise. The hotel provided half a bottle of champagne on ice, half a bottle of Merlot wine and some delicious macarons, I was truly amazed by the hotel’s generosity.
Champagne is my favourite tipple so I enjoyed a couple of glasses while getting ready for dinner…Wrapping myself in the warm fluffy bathrobe was just what I needed.
Breakfast is sumptuous at the Hotel Westminster served at Le Céladon…Everything is mostly self-service…
The Hotel Westminster is a super-classy…hotel in one of Paris’ most sought after and extravagant locations. Given its glamorous surroundings…it’s also extremely reasonably priced. The hotel is within walking distance to many of the 1st and 2nd arrondissements’ famous sights – The Palais Garnier,
Café de la Paix, the Tuileries Gardens, the covered passages of the Grands Boulevards, the Louvre Museum, Place Colette and the Palais Royal including the Jardin du Palais Royal.
I’m so grateful to the Hotel Westminster for inviting me to stay…
My stay was part of a collaboration with the Hotel Westminster. My upgrade to a Suite, champagne, macarons, wine and dinner at Le Céladon were complimentary…”