There are many wonderful neighborhoods that work well as a home base in Paris with kids, but the grande dame in terms of convenience is the 1st arrondissement, the geographical heart of the city. Hotels in this area are coveted, as they enable guests to walk to practically any of Paris’ major sights and attractions. The family-owned Hotel Regina has stood in the very heart of this arrondissement since the 1900 Paris World’s Fair, and hasn’t lost its allure.
The big news is that Hotel Regina just completed a top-to-bottom, 17-million-euro renovation, including three dedicated family suites. The 99-room property has 32 suites in all, many of which have incredible views of Paris’ most famous landmarks. The reward for this latest effort is that the French Tourism Development agency just awarded Hotel Regina five-star status.
We had the opportunity to experience the property this summer as a family and loved our experience. Here’s a look at what we discovered about why Hotel Regina is a great kid-friendly hotel option in Paris:
The renovation brought 2015 upgrades to the Hotel Regina, but the exquisite Parisian grandeur from another age remains unchanged. Magnificent handcrafted wood and iron finishes are in such wonderful condition that they look as if they were created yesterday. Brocade fabrics are a mainstay of the design, but feel light and fresh. These immaculate old-world reminders are paired with just a handful of striking modern elements, like the bold fashion week photographs behind the check-in desk and concierge. The result of these subtle contradictions is that Hotel Regina feels timeless. And likewise, it offers a place for all guests, just as it successfully weaves designs from different ages together.
Although this prime Rue de Rivoli location is prestigious, the ambiance is friendly, unpretentious, and caters to families and couples equally. Paris is a city where the term boutique hotel can be synonymous with a most decidedly not-kid-friendly scene. Not so here.
There’s no clearer sign that a hotel wants to embrace families than rooms designated just for them. The Family Suites at Hotel Regina include 50 square meters of space, with two interconnecting rooms, a private entrance and two bathrooms. This setup means that families have room to spread out and parents get downtime.
Our Prestige Suite was comprised of two bedrooms with a spacious living room and one very special bathroom — the shower overlooked the Eiffel Tower! Like the design in the public areas, guest rooms are furnished with an old-world-meets-modern-comfort flair. Neutral tones with plush pops of color make guest rooms fresh and charming. They are well-appointed, but not fussy.
The starting rate for a Superior Double is 360€ per night and Family Suites start at 690€ per night, a great value for a five-star hotel with this much space in the very heart of Paris.
I rarely lead a kid-friendly hotel review with the concierge team as a hotel highlight, but this is most definitely necessary when describing the Hotel Regina. I can’t say enough about how the concierge staff — in fact, the entire front desk team — goes out of their way to make each and every guest feel that their needs are met. Navigating Paris can be overwhelming and intimidating. This staff takes that away.
We had the misfortune of losing a piece of luggage en route to Paris, and the concierge team coordinated calls to Air France throughout their shifts to make sure we had our bag in hand before leaving the city again. We could not have accomplished this without them.
Their restaurant suggestions were excellent and they have a palpable “can-do” attitude that is not always a prime characteristic of such a team in Paris. Bravo!
The interior courtyard is just one of a few lovely places to grab a bite and a beverage within the hotel. There’s the cozy English Bar and a gourmet restaurant in a grand salon for afternoon tea. A kids’ menu is available both in the restaurant and through room service. The daily breakfast includes an array of buffet and made-to-order options.
There isn’t a long list of amenities at the Hotel Regina, and it only takes a minute to cross the intimate lobby lounge, but no more is needed in this location. Over the summer months, families can walk right out to the fair, with rides and games in the Tuileries Garden. Restaurants of all shapes, sizes, and price points are within easy reach. Left Bank delights are reachable within a few-minute walk across the Seine.
CB! Vacation Consulting specializes in planning family vacations in France with children of all ages. We do everything from booking rooms to planning engaging activities with vetted guides and service providers. Get more information and request assistance on the Ciao Bambino family vacation consulting homepage.
Editor’s Note: Amie was given a media package to experience Hotel Regina with children. As always, our opinions are our own. Photos by Amie O’Shaughnessy except where noted.
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