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5 Things to Do at Paris’s Fouquet’s Barrière When You’re Too Jet-lagged to Leave

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July 11, 2014 at 2:21 PM | by | ()

We’ve all had those days while traveling overseas when you can’t quite get the gumption to leave your cozy hotel world and explore the greater world outside. We recently had one of those days while staying at the celeb hangout, Fouquet’s Barrière in Paris (a Luxury Hotels of the World property), and have put together a list of things to do if agoraphobia hits you too.

1) Food glorious food: Fouquet’s has five restaurants and three bars, not too shabby considering the hotel has only 81 rooms. Our favorite places to hang out were at Le Bar Marta, with its black and white 1930s Hollywood glam design and La Petite Maison de Nicole because, heck, if it’s good enough for Jay-Z and Beyoncé, it’s good enough for us. The food at La Petite Maison is best-described as gourmet southern France comfort food. That means Macaroni with Truffles and Provençal Ratatouille. If you go on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening you can groove with one of the resident DJs.

2) Shop at the front desk: There is no reason you can’t still shop if you don’t leave the hotel. If you’d like to buy the monogrammed robe you can certainly do that, but you’ll also find five proprietary perfumes, yo-yos, aprons, pencil sets and Panama hats. Some products are on display throughout the lobby, some in your room, and some are found at the front desk.

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3) The Spa: U Spa Barrière has just revamped itself into Paris’s first Shiseido spa and there are treatments galore. We tried the Future Solution LX Facial Ceremony, which uses Shiseido’s reportedly most advanced skincare line, but you might want to check out the one-hour Japanese Jet Lag Therapy to perk you up.

4) Hang out in the garden: The hotel’s garden terrace and bar is an Alice in Wonderland-esque spot filled with puff-topped topiary in varying heights that fits nicely with your altered reality. Let the sun re-adjust your time clock as you sit amongst the quirky butterfly and bulldog statuary. And the drinks are pretty darn delicious too.

5) Loll about in your spacious room – The smallest room at Fouquet’s is 400 sq ft and comes with a sitting area, desk, walk-in closet, large bathroom with full tub and walk-in shower, and a separate toilet area. Every room has access to the butler staff and includes a complimentary unpacking service.

All of the non-alcoholic drinks in the minibar are complimentary as is the Wi-Fi, so you can get jazzed up on Fanta, listen to your choice of music from the pop-up TV in the dresser-like piece of furniture, and surf the web till it’s time to bliss out in your marble- and mahogany-surround tub while watching the mirror TV. Or you could just call it a day and go to bed.

One insider note to note: Fouquet’s has its own line of toiletries that we very astutely noticed was the same fragrance found at Trump Toronto, whose French GM knows the crowd at Fouquet’s quite well.

Rates in July go from 690 EUR ($945).

[Photo Gallery: Janice Tober / Photos in article: Fouquet’s Barrière]

Disclosure: Janice stayed at Fouquet's as a guest of the hotel.

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