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Going to the Castle at Chateau Challain and You're Gonna Get Married

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  Site Where: Main Town Square, Maine-et-Loire, France, 49440
May 24, 2012 at 3:04 PM | by | Comments (2)

Wedding season is now in full effect and it's become clear why destination weddings are so popular--because all the worry and arrangements are done by the wedding planner. All you have to do is pack your dress and your beloved.

Quite possibly one of the most romantic ways to get married is to do it at a French chateau like Chateau de Challain’s whose turreted and gleaming white stone facade was inspired by the dreams of Albert de la Rochefoucauld and his countess Ida. Interpreted by famed Parisian architect Louis Visconti, this Neo-Gothic fairytale castle's eloquent design practically begs a bride and groom to say "I Do."

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Eee! The L'Occitane Hotel has Its Own Brand Of Toiletries!

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  Site Where: Mane, Provence, France
March 15, 2012 at 2:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

When you stay in a spa hotel owned by your favorite brand of toiletries – their only hotel in the world, no less – you kind of hope they are going to lavish you with bathroom supplies, as Soho House properties do with their unlimited inroom Cowshed products.

However, as we said on Tuesday, at Le Couvent des Minimes, which is owned by French brand L’Occitane, this is the paltry selection we got – plus an even tinier squirt of handcream as part of the turndown service.

However, all wasn’t lost on the toiletry front as it turns out the hotel has its own brand of beauty stuff – an entire line, from shower gel to shampoo to body scrub to lip balm.

The products are nowhere to be seen in the rooms themselves, but they’re for sale in the spa. Prices ranged from comparable to L’Occitane to a little more expensive. They all had a very L’Occitane feel – in fact some of the ingredients combinations were almost the same – but are done up to look a little more exclusive.

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Inside the L'Occitane Hotel in Provence

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  Site Where: Mane, Provence, France
March 13, 2012 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

There are many toiletry brands we lust after when we stay in hotels, but if we had to pick the one we get most excited to see, it’d be L’Occitane. So when we found out that L’Occitane has its own hotel – with a spa! – in beautiful Provence! – we booked a night straightaway. Le Couvent des Minimes is In a 16th-century convent, nestling in the hillside below medieval village Mane. It sounded perfect. We booked a superior room (the lowest category) on the spot.

Check in
Check in was easy and the welcome was nice – we were given a tour of the hotel ground floor (restaurant, breakfast area, bar) before being accompanied to our room. The only black mark – when we asked to arrange a tour of the L’Occitane Factory, half an hour down the road in Manosque, the lady was clueless. She didn’t know what time the tours were, what language they were in, or whether they’d have any space the next day (as it was closed Sunday, when we arrived). Slightly odd, considering this is the official L’Occitane hotel. Surely we couldn’t be the only ones inquiring about factory tours?

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Don't Wake Up On the Wrong Side of the Bed At Au Vieux Panier

March 1, 2012 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ever have those moments when you walk into a hotel room and get caught off guard by something unexpected, causing you to drop your bags and go inspect whatever it is, before you've even had a chance to close the door?

Yeah, we've had a few of those ourselves—usually involving an insane killer view or a cool bathroom amenity. But never have we seen anything like this photo, which was taken inside the Au Vieux Panier in Marseilles, France. The hotel has only five rooms, each of them designed by a different artist (kind of like The Gladstone in Toronto), and most recently, graffiti artist Tilt stopped by to add his colorful touch to the space. Or, at least half of it.

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The Shangri-La Paris Gently Hints At Its Asian Roots

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  Site Where: 10 Avenue d'Iéna, Paris, France, 75116
January 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM | by | Comments (5)

As we previously reported, The Shangri-La Hotel in Paris was once the residence of Napolean's grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte. This week, The Independent showed up to give the sprawling estate the once-over. Four stars were awarded for the rooms, and (somewhat oddly) value, and an impressive five stars for service, making this newcomer to the City of Lights a serious contender on the luxury scene.

No stars were awarded for Horse-Drawn Carriage-ness. Oh, wait, that's not actually a category. Though, any hotel would be wise to include horse-drawn carriages as couples start seeking the most romantic spots for next month's V-day.

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Could an Olympics Hotel Showdown be Brewing Between London and Paris?

Where: Paris, France
January 24, 2012 at 12:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Paris may have lost the 2005 Olympics bid to London, but the City of Light and Louis Vuitton is hoping to hand their 'cross-the-Chunnel metropolitan peers their comeuppance by stealing away tourists come summertime. According to a recently published report by express.co.uk, Pair-ee is being touted the " 'cheaper, safer and more attractive" alternative city from which to watch the 2012 Games.

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This Will Make You Think Twice Before Paying Cash For Your Next Hotel Stay

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  Site Where: Blvd. J.F. Kennedy, Antibes, France, 06600
December 21, 2011 at 10:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

Ah, the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc. Its very name conjures images of sailboats on the French Riviera, pristine terry cloth robes, and Leonardo DiCaprio sunning himself by the infinity pool. One thing the idyllic hotel does not usually get associated with is fraud.

According to the Daily Mail, Jean-Claude Irondelle is being accused of "misappropriating" over EUR 740,000 euros—and that's just between 2003-2006. In total, it is unknown how much Irondelle may or may not have slipped into a separate account for himself during his 50-year run.

But a big piece of the puzzle lies in the fact that Irondelle frequently accepted payments in cash directly from the big A-listers that stayed the hotel, seeking VIP treatment. Well, at least we know someone benefited from that money...

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Click-Clack-Clomp Your Way Through Paris On a Horse-Drawn Carriage

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  Site Where: 10 Avenue d'Iéna, Paris, France, 75116
December 15, 2011 at 4:00 PM | by | Comment (1)

Thanks to the Shangri-La, Paris can add more reserves to its romantic cache. If strolling the City of Lights' snowy streets this holiday isn't enough to sate your taste for the maudlin, guests of the hotel can book a horse drawn carriage ride from December 23-27.

The tour will take you and your S.O. to the Trocadero, located across the Seine and providing prime views of the Eiffel Tower for you and your sweetheart to "ooh" and "aah" over with delight. Shangri-La's old-fashioned carriage—a white stunner complete with top hat-clad driver—is perhaps the closest some may get to feeling like Cinderella, without fear of the equine-led ride turning into a pumpkin at midnight.

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Woosh, Woosh! Get Your (Apres) Ski On at These Three Euro Resorts

December 8, 2011 at 4:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

While it's possible to find passable skiing conditions any time of year, depending on location, it's winter time that ski aficionados spend the year anticipating with zeal. Europe, with its bounty of snowy climes, is home to some of the world's best and most exclusive ski chalets—locations that provide near perfect powdery conditions for "woosh-wooshing" downhill.

We've sussed out some of the continent's most luxurious ski hotels for this feature; they're places you can kick back with spiked hot cocoa if you so choose, yet still get you up close and personal with slopeside action. Take note, Jonny Moseley-types.

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More 'Buzz'-worthy Bee News From a Hotel in the French Alps

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  Site Where: 73120 Courchevel, Savoie, France
December 1, 2011 at 1:38 PM | by | Comments (0)

Slough off dry winter skin after a day of skiing with some honeyed help

Bees, the hottest in hotel trends? The insects have been creating a lot of, ahem, buzz on the hotel news circuit, with many a locale housing beehives to make honey on-site. But they're not just being used to produce jars of sweet stuff for kitchen use: at Hotel de Charme les Airelles in the French Alps, five hives are kept as a resource for Spa Valmont for Les Airelles. And no, the little stingers aren't being used to give guests' lips an Angelina Jolie-esque fullness.

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Old School Veuve Clicquot Estate Sheds WWI Damage for New School Makeover

Where: Reims, France
November 14, 2011 at 5:30 PM | by | Comment (1)

Is that neon-lighting we see in the background?

Long operating hotels are working double time to keep up with their slick newer counterparts, undergoing minor facelifts or totally gutting their interiors to compete with fresh faced, showy young'uns. Truth be told, we often enjoy staying at places with a bit of time-worn character, but when a building's facade bears damage from World War I, even us history buffs think it's time for an extreme makeover.

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Want To Get Your Name In The Credits Of A DSK Hotel Porno? Here's How

Where: France
November 4, 2011 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

Trust, us, we're as sick of hearing about the gosh-darned DSK hotel maid sex scandal as the next person, but this new item caught our attention. Fast on the heels of yesterday's saucy tidbit about the W London porn story, we bring you possibly the worst—or best? we can't quite tell—hotel sex news we've heard yet: My Porn Production is working on a porn film about the infamous Sofitel scandal, with the working title DXK.

Think we're making it up? French news outlet The Local alerted us to the imminent production, which will reportedly cost €200,000. And the best part? With a simple €50 donation, you can have your name in the credits!

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