Hello, my loves!
As some of you already know, I am in France right now! I am so excited to be here because it is one of my favorite countries for so many reasons. Yeah, yeah.. I know, typical girl who likes all the French clichés: lovely and delicious desserts, the romanticism of being in Paris, the beautiful castles, the history of this country and that little je ne sais quoi that just makes you fall in love with this place.
I traveled to Paris from Los Angeles in a 10 hour nonstop flight, which was amazing because the only thing worse than a super long flight is having it split with another long flight. As we arrived in the City of Light, tired but anxious to begin our journey, we took an Uber straight to our first stop: Le Citizen Hotel.
The first thing I noticed as we drove by with our Uber driver was that we were going somewhere we haven’t been before, which was exciting and interesting because I love to go outside the typical touristy places where it’s so crowded. I love to see how the real people live in their cities.
When we finally got to our destination, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful Canal de St. Martin next to us while we were grabbing our luggage. It was my first time seeing this side of Paris and since we arrived at 5pm and in the middle of spring, the sun was still out and the canal was full of people enjoying themselves by the water, drinking and having fun. It was already a good omen.
The next thing I saw is our hotel, Le Citizen Hotel, which is right in front of the canal. We came in and a lovely woman greeted us and gave us the key to our room and an ipad with free wifi. We were so excited to see it and to stay there because we had already read some amazing reviews about it.
As we came up to our room and opened the door, a beautiful sight was waiting for us: the room had a very organized layout and a lot of resting areas to enjoy the magnificent view of the St. Martin canal, and I couldn’t believe how modern and how cozy it was at the same time. It definitely gives you an apartment-style vibe and makes you feel at home.
I immediately dropped my stuff and ran to see the view because I knew it was something not to missed. Oh, was I right!
Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and the good weather; I saw crowds of people walking to and from the canal into the street while drinking and enjoying their Sunday afternoon.
After checking out the view, I did my favorite thing to do when I arrive at a hotel: the bed test. It passed! Le Citizen Hotel’s bed was extra comfortable and big which I looooved. It didn’t hurt that it had around 6 pillows to rest your head on either. The view next to bed was as delightful as the bed itself.
The restroom was simple with blue tiles and a sliding door right in front of the shower.
I loved how there were many seating areas in our room. We had one next to the windows with a cute table.
Another one to lay down and watch the view on. My boyfriend, Pierre, immediately laid down by the window because he loves a good view and some good ol’ sunrays.
And yet another one to maybe sit down and enjoy your breakfast or to read a good book on. Three steps away you could also find a cute little chair with a mini-desk area to make some calls down to the lobby or to charge your phone.
After showering, we had the opportunity to go down to the canal and really check it out for ourselves. We found out that we were located in the 10th district, near Place de la Republique, which is a very nice and hip neighborhood. The canal was filled with young people and there were almost no tourists in sight, which I particularly loved. There is a 5-minute walk from the hotel to the Jacques Bonsergent metro station, and a 10-minute walk to Republique metro station.
The next day, I woke up to a delicious complimentary breakfast. It consisted of freshly made crêpes, delicious buttery croissants, different kinds of sweet and salty breads, a variety of jams, orange juice, coffee, and the best of the best: avocado toasts. I couldn’t have been more spoiled because 1. I was in Paris, 2. It was my birthday, 3. The hotel had avocado toasts that they offered without me even asking. Taking the following pictures was more difficult than it seemed because I just wanted to eat it all.
I also loved the fact that they offered bathrobes and slippers to lounge around in.
To make our stay complete, I really wanted to try the Japenese restaurant, Maru, that they have downstairs in the lobby area, but we were really out of time so we couldn’t. Even though I left without being able to dine there, I loved how cute it looks and it seems to be one of the go-to areas for the locals while enjoying the view of the canal, so I’ll have to try it next time.
All in all, Le Citizen Hotel was an amazing experience that I definitely recommend if you love to get the real vibe and “feel” of Paris. This to me was a refreshing stay that I will surely never forget.
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Stay tuned for more on my adventures and experiences in Paris and other parts of France that I got to visit.
My stay was complimentary of Le Citizen Hotel but as always, all opinions are my own and would never recommend something I don’t genuinely like.