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I love boutique hotels. Even if I live nearby, I like to discover a new neighborhood by waking up in a hotel there. I have never even used VRBO! Here are some of my favorites:
Saint James Paris
43 Avenue Bugeaud, 75016 Paris
+33 1 44 05 81 81
The Saint James is a Relais & Chateaux in the 16th arrondissement by the Arc de Triumph. The hot air balloon wall paper combined with the leopard lobby is a visual feast. It's not very central for walking around but the rooms are huge and it is very quiet at night.
I always travel with Corroon bags and luggage. I enjoy supporting emerging designers and it’s also fun to collect unique high quality pieces that bring good energy to your trip.
My dream carry on bag is Myriam Schaefer's Joyce bag (named for James).
And these awesome headphones so I can tune out all of the noise.