For my second trip to the Côte d'Azur to hit the Cannes Film Festival, I decided to channel more Hollywood-sur-mer and less reporter-with-sensible-shoes. Parisian chic meets nautical street is relatively straightforward: Throw slightly undone hair into a silk scarf, add luxe shades, match both to a flowy sundress, et voilà! Classic French Riviera style. But with a calendar full of late-night festivities, I wondered, Is it really possible to go from beach to cocktails with just a minor wardrobe tweak?
These gray-and-yellow kicks, intended as a glib response to #shoegate, 4½-inch heels and all, never truly had their moment on the red carpet. And I wasn’t daring enough either, to have them make their début at amfAR’s 22nd annual Cinema Against AIDS Gala, not even for the marine-themed after-party presented by Moncler at Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc. (Though one intrepid partygoer—my hero!—wore Converse with her short beaded dress, see slideshow).
Such high-stakes glam is not your run-of-the-mill “cocktail party.” So just maybe I did change my shoes and add a bit of diamanté. But the maritime effect of Eden-Roc’s terrace gave me pause. Are casual or even yacht shoes the most appropriate footwear for these events? In heels you could slip on the residue covering the floor from the popping corks of all that champagne. Not to mention the danger of high-stepping in stilettos to keep up with John C. Reilly’s dancing like crazy or the close call in which someone-who-shall-remain-nameless’s pointy-toe shoe almost pinned a chiffon feather dangling from Paris Hilton’s dress to the floor. Grippy Top-Siders could surely navigate those choppy waters.
Safety first! That’s our party motto. (Or, Three sheets to the wind.)
– Stephanie Rushia, InStyle Deputy Copy Chief
Top and dress: BCBG Max Azria Sunglasses: Dior Scarf: Vintage Dior Heels: BCBG
Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe has the perfect location for your stay in Paris. Within less than two miles from the 5-star hotel, the best of Paris awaits you: the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees, Grand Palais, Musée A. Jacquemart, Musée d’Art Moderne, Musée d’Orsay, Palais de Tokyo d’Orsay, Grand et Petit Palais, Louvre, Lido, Opera Garnier, and much more! With so much to see a soak in the tub will be the perfect way to end your day.
I had the pleasure of staying at Citadines - Tour Eiffel for 3 nights during my visit to Paris. Located in the former village of Grenelle, Citadines - Tour Eiffel is in a prime location situated across from a major metro hub with tons of cafes, restaurants, and marketplaces all within walking distance. It is also quite close to the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, Invalides, and Champs des Mars. In fact, while staying there, I was able to easily take the metro across the street to Versailles (with a transfer) for the day which made things quite convenient.
The really cool thing about the hotel is that some of the rooms on the upper floors of the hotel feature really beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower.
However, what makes this hotel standout from many others is that it is known as an aparthotel or apartment hotel because it also functions as a place to stay for extended periods of time if you wish. People can stay for a few nights, a few weeks, a month, a few months, even a year if that is what they wish. This makes this a great place for families or individuals looking to relocate who may need a habitable living space centrally located in the city they are trying to relocate to. It also makes it a great place for people who are looking to try to live in a city to get a feel for the city while having the comforts of home.
An intriguing facet of staying at an aparthotel is that not only do you have the comforts that you would associate with an apartment such as a fully functional kitchen and living area but you get the amenities and benefits of hotel living as well. For example, Citadines aparthotels offer various cleaning arrangements for all guests as well as other perks that you would typically associate with staying in a hotel. Only you can enjoy these perks during your extended stay in any of the Citadines locations all over Europe and the Asia Pacific.
I had a great stay there during my time in Paris. I had the misfortune of getting quite sick with bronchitis while in Paris and the staff at Citadines Tour Eiffel were really wonderful when it came to getting me the medical help I needed and making my stay pleasant while I recovered. I really enjoyed the fact that there was a Monoprix right across the street. The Monoprix there had a huge grocery section which allowed me to buy reasonably priced groceries that I was able to store in the refrigerator. This was a great relief to my wallet since it let me save money on certain meals since I could use the kitchen in my room.
And of course, I loved the views. But that goes without saying, right? :)
Here is a little tour of the views and rooms:
This was the view from my hotel room while I was taking long exposures of the Eiffel Tower at night. It was nice to be able to do long exposures right from inside my room! :
(I took this photo with my Sony A99 of my Sony a7R propped up on my travel tripod which is the Brian Evolution 2 Tripod made by 3 Legged Thing)
And here is the photo I was taking of the night view of the Eiffel Tower while taking that behind the scenes photo above:
If you follow my Instagram, I posted a video of the Eiffel Tower’s light show that I filmed with my phone from the window of my room at Citadines - Tour Eiffel. It’s a pretty impressive view and I had a blast watching the light show every night.
I had the pleasure of getting a tour of some of the most in-demand suites at Citadines - Tour Eiffel. This is the view from the most in-demand room there due to the absolutely awesome view that you can have from the comfort of your bed:
And this is the balcony view from that same room. It’s a great place to hang out and take in views of Paris:
Because I can’t get enough of that bed view of the Eiffel Tower, here it is with the windows open:
The suites for people enjoying extended stays feature some really great modern looking amenities and design including washers/dryers:
There is also a configurable dining area:
This is the living area in some of the larger suites which is separate from the bedroom(s) and kitchen and dining space:
And this is a kitchen that is similar to the one that was in the room I stayed in:
Since Citadines is an aparthotel, it also features extras like sofa-beds in some of the rooms to accommodate more people and/or overnight guests:
And finally, let’s talk about that view again…So beautiful:
If you are interested in viewing these photos larger, feel free to check them out in their own Flickr album here: