It’s a 4 Star hotel!
It all started because I was doing 3 things at once while booking my flights. You see, this September has been a chaotic month in Israel. We’ve had Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur, AND Sukkot all in September. The Boys have been home for nearly the whole month (there is no camp as these are religious holidays) and there were about 5 working days during the month. The problem with this is that the rest of the world is ramping up after August and we have to ramp with it. So even though there are a ton of days off during September for religious people - I took 1 full day off - Yom Kippur. The rest of the time has been a juggle, as every client seems to have a major project deadline of October 1st.
All of this resulted in me booking my flight to Paris a day earlier than I should have. And I didn’t realize this mistake till right before takeoff to Paris - when I’m frantically calling my associate to find out what’s wrong, and why isn’t he on the flight - and he messages me back, “What are you talking about? The event is tomorrow.”
Fabulous. I’m flying into Paris a day early and I have no hotel room. I’m laughing at myself, and my blunder, the entire way to Paris.
ADVENTURE! No worries, there’s an app for that - JustBook! I met the developers last year at a conference. It’s German! German’s pride themselves on high quality! Everything in there must be great!
I get to CDG airport, get the 15 minutes of free WiFi, download the app, find the cheapest hotel in Paris (I’m there unexpectedly on my own - I am NOT spending a lot of money on a hotel room) and get a supershuttle to the hotel.
This is what the place looked like in the app.
(Even better - the room was 134 Euros)
Normal right? 4 stars, which is great. Design hotel, also cool. And “Playful”. Who doesn’t like Playful? Maybe “Vice” should have given me a clue, but my head wasn’t there - so it didn’t. I book it.
I get to the place before check-in (which is at 2p). My room isn’t ready, but I get a taste of what I’m in for in the lobby…
I’m thinking to myself, Ok, it’s playful. And designed. And looks like a virgin brothel, if there was to be such a thing. Not that there is. Or that I hope there ever would be. But if there was, it would look like this.
I sign for the room. The hotel clerk looks at my signature, which is admittedly huge (goes with my ego) and tells me I’m going to love my room.
I get to my room, and I burst out laughing.
I couldn’t stop taking pictures, and posting them. Yes, this hotel is designed. No detail is left untouched. It’s over the top in its kitschy fabulosity.
In case I want to do my makeup lying down, of course.
And just so you can see it in all of it’s glory…
http://instagram.com/p/e3trodJwew/ (I can’t embed video here)
The bathroom even has a blacklight.
To be fair, I think it’s the cleanest room I’ve ever stayed in. The area of the hotel is a bit out of the center, but fine and the people who work here are really lovely.
Thank you Vice Versa for making my unexpected early arrival to Paris that much more entertaining. What an adventure!