So if you know me and you're my friend in real life and on Facebook/Instagram, you know that I am OBSESSED with contests (sorry not sorry for tagging you as my ami(e)! Looking at you--Sutanya, Piper, Anthony, Allen, and even my aunt Syndey)! I love free shit and there's this unexplainable thrill to entering the contests--what if I win this all expenses paid trip to Argentina?! I've won a lot of cool things, including a road trip to Spain that I had to unfortunately turn down, but this was truly something else.
This time, I won a one night stay at one of the Palaces in Paris (a Palace is a status given by the French government to hotels that are better than 5 stars!), the very expensive and regal Mandarin Oriental Paris. I specifically won a night in one of their rooms with breakfast for two, valued at 1,139 EUR! I was over the moon and I literally screamed with sheer joy before Christmas dinner at Anthony's parents' home. Oops.
So on Saturday, Anthony and I filled up our Longchamp x Jeremy Scott Weekender bag and made our way from our home in the 6ème to the fancy Rue Saint Honoré. We checked in at a little past 3PM to not seem too eager (hahaha). It was luckily SNOWING in March so we had an excuse to be holed up in our winnings. We were greeted with two glasses of the finest champagne and then introduced to our very own guest services representative (different from the receptionist) Sophie and I even got to meet Guillaume, the head of PR! So cool.
Then we were taken up to our room on the 4th floor where Sophie showed us all the great amenities and even showed us how to use the virtual library that's only available to Mandarin guests. To break the ice, I shared that I only stayed at the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore as a kid. I am so strange and awkward around strangers (Jesus take the wheel)! Sophie was kind enough to give us a direct number to call if we needed anything at all. Talk about superb customer service and making us feel SPECIAL.
Once we were left to ourselves, Anthony and I spent the next hour checking out all the cool details. Waiting in our room were two plates of fresh cut berries, an edible chocolate Eiffel Tower, two different flavored bottled fruit juices valued at 15 EUR each, and a personalized card from Raphael, the marketing director (p.s. Raphaelle has the most beautiful handwriting)! The attention to detail in the room and the whole hotel was impeccable. There was a Mariage Frères teapot, Diptyque toiletries (this really killed me as I am a HUGE fan), a rotating Bang & Olufsen TV with the most beautiful remote, the Man Ray inspired artworks, and so much more. On each floor, they even have a little corner with a sofa and books you can browse through.
After we gorged ourselves with berries, champagne, and chocolate, we decided to hit the hotel gym. The gym was super cute with towels and Evian water bottles available at every machine. There was a cool machine with clear elastic bands and a mirror so that you could check yourself out as you worked out them pecs. Downstairs, there was a gorgeous indoor pool, so you could listen to the water as you worked out, and a spa that uses Guerlain products. Talk about serene! They also provided crisp magazines, fruits, cold refreshing towels, and mint, lemon, and honey infused water.
We made our way back up to our rooms, took a shower with the provided Diptyque products (can you tell that I'm still not over this?), and then walked five minutes to one of our favorite restaurants in Paris, Ferdi! This is Kim and Kanye West's favorite place to dine in the City of Light and also where most of the Victoria's Secrets Angels came to spoil their diets after the show. The place is crazy popular during fashion weeks and it's tough to get a reservation but very much possible if you just shoot them a text a few weeks in advance.
This time at Ferdi, we ordered the Bomba Latina assortment plate, the famous Mac Ferdi cheeseburger, the famous Mac n Cheese with freshly shaved ham, drinks, and the famous Churros with melted dipping chocolate (Bella Hadid's favorite!)! We love that the place is intimate, the service is chill, and the ambiance is fun and fancy without being pretentious. A meal for two comes out under 100 EUR which is great for Paris in my opinion.
We made our way back to our room under the snow and rain mix (bizarre for March!) and came back to a room completely made for turn down service! They even gave us the option to order different pillows! They had unique scents, such as coconut milk, and different firmness levels. Anthony gave a quick call to housekeeping and we were promptly brought four new pillows--talk about being SPOILED! Shortly after, we passed out from our well deserved food comas, on a bed that only dreams are made of.
In the morning, we decided to sleep in and not go to the pool as planned. We live such busy lives during the week that we really wanted to relax on our staycation. Then we went to stuff ourselves at the breakfast buffet at Thierry Marx's Camélia. I have it on my bucket list to try afternoon high tea at every Palace in Paris so this was very exciting. They had a huge buffet of freshly baked pastries, from flan to brioche to pain au chocolat, fresh fruit, hams, cheese, breads, jams, etc. The list goes on forever. You also had the option of ordering eggs from the kitchen so we both opted for an omelette! The omelette came with ham, bacon, mixed vegetables, and cheese and it was out of this world. It was accompanied by a roasted cherry tomato that really blew me away. We also ordered fresh orange juice and a latte!
After breakfast, we packed our bags and checked out, rested and full from an amazing stay at the Mandarin Oriental Paris. Our little staycation adventure went by so fast! If you have the funds and you are in Paris, I would definitely recommend staying here.
An extra special thank you to Sophie, Raphaelle, Guillaume, and the Mandarin Oriental Paris staff for making our staycation contest win beyond perfect. We will be back!