Paris is one of the handful of places in the world that needs nothing by way of introduction. However, events and wonderful places do change. To that end, we present a famous French humor-illusionist, Eric Antoine along with pretty little boutique places to stay for his shows.
What exactly is a humor-illusionist? A comedian that does magic and laughs, that’s what. A huge hit in France, this talented magician slash funny man is currently performing his second show, Mysteric. The show combines performance, humour, magic, conjuring tricks, dance, music, poetry, and let’s not forget Antoine’s pal the invisible assistant Bernard. Okay, if you are a great magician, you are allowed your version of Harvey the rabbit.
The new performances are scheduled for from November 24 2012 to November 25 at the majestic Olympia Hall. So, for convenience and a chic night or two in the city of lights, we suggest the following hotels which are no illusion nearby.
A bit over a kilometer from the hall, Hotel Keppler is a superb boutique affair you can tell is as luxurious as it is convenient to all things central Paris. Boutique four star stays are, as some may have guess, the way to stay in this fantastic city. For the 3 nights surrounding the Antoine shows, Keppler can be had for less than €1000. The images show the value, but the amenities lists concretes them.
Free Wifi, a fitness center, chic dining and cocktails, sauna, balconies and terraces, and the puffiest pillows in Paris, you examine for yourself, and map it.
10 rue Kepler
75116 Paris, France
You want the full French pastry treatment, you say? Another wonderful boutique hotel is just a few meters away from Olympia Hall, and I really mean a “few” meters. Situated at 19, rue Caumartin, the interior design by Jacques Garcia will transport you, quite literally.
Step from the city streets of the world’s most romantic city, and into 19th century Italy, what could be more sensual? Only 20 rooms though, ensures you had better book now to be situated in four star luxury, down the street from the real magic. Actually the real magic is just being in this part of Paris, more on that later. 3 nights here go for about €540.
Hotel Athenee Paris
19, rue Caumartin
+33 1 40 17 99 29
Alright, you don’t like 19th Century Italian interiors? Across the street from Athenee sits another four star luxury stay with a different take on being sumptuous. Say hello to Art Nouveau and a touch of modern elegance. All the rooms of this hotels offer the crisp feel of fine materials and Earthy color coordination. As you can see from the image, Hotel Le Péra whispers “clean, please touch me”. Comfort is accentuated.
Only two rooms are left for the nights suggested. Costing somewhere around €630 for a comparable room to the other selections, makes this hotels a pretty easy selection, or at least a great choice. Amenities include all those usual four star suspects, but breakfast in bed is appealing for me. Map this fantastic boutique stay, and save the difference on transit fares perhaps. The guest suite below is welcoming, isn’t it?
Hotel Le Péra
Rue De Caumartin 17
+33 1 53435400
Just down the street from Olympia Hall sits an old friend for a lot of people. An Art Deco Best Western, if you can imagine that, Opera Richepanse’s 38 rooms are luxuriant as well, but with a little special flare you can see in the image below.
Only two rooms left for your 3 night getaway to illusion, but here you get breakfast for two for only €10 more than the regular rate (no discounts check). For only €880 (plus or minus) Best Western has offered another solution to Paris transit owes. And you get your own terrace too. Room service and all the usual four star suspects are featured as well. Map this one too.
Best Western Hotel Opera Paris Richepanse
14, rue du Chevalier de Saint George
+33 (0)1 42 60 36 00
There you have some near perfect solutions for wondrous stays while enjoying France’s funniest and most amazing illusionist. Oh, you want other things to see and do? Well, the
Jardin des Tuileries is a stone’s throw away, Musée du Louvre a short walk farther, and shopping wonders like Villeroy et Boch are situated all about your home away from home. Entertainment wise, a parting suggestion is the Moulin Rouge for dinner and a show. Cliche, sure, but something any Paris visitor should enjoy once.
Photo credits: Hotel images – courtesy the individual hotels. Eric Antoine image – courtesy Montreux Comedy Festival.