Exploring the neighbourhood
Market: a bustling produce and flower market is set up twice a week, just steps from the hotel, on President Wilson Avenue, between the pont de l'Alma and Place d'Iéna.
Architecture: the 16th arrondisement is home to 19 Guimard buildings, characterised by cast iron balconies surrounded by sculptures. Must-sees include the Castel Beranger from 1898, on 14 rue La Fontaine, for its "noodle" effect façade and seahorse sculptures; on 39 boulevard Exelmans, the former workshop of Carpeaux; and 2 rue Eugène-Manuel, for its rose thistles eternally climbing an ochre wall, imagined by the architect Klein and ceramist Muller. To organise visits, contact the Centre de Monuments Nationaux. Tel. (33) 1 44 54 19 30.
And finally: the Beauséjour Villa and its Imperial Russian edifices feature elements from the Russian Pavilion unveiled at the World Fair of 1867. La Maison russe, located at 3 ter de la villa, is a traditional dacha, a Russian country house made of brick and stone, with a refurbished wood façade. At number 6, the two-storey isba was constructed in part from Tsar Alexander II's former stables. The two structures are not open to the public.
Balzac's House: set in the heart of what was once the village of Passy in the 16th arrondissement, La Maison de Balzac - Balzac's house - is the only one of the novelist's Parisian homes still standing today. It is housed in the outbuildings of a "folly" built in the late 18th century. Pursued by his creditors, Balzac took refuge there on 1 October 1840. He became the tenant of a five-room apartment situated at garden level. Hiding behind the pseudonym of "Monsieur de Breugnol," the novelist lived in this "temporary shelter" for seven years and wrote Une ténébreuse affaire, La Rabouilleuse, Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes, La Cousine Bette and Le Cousin Pons. 47 rue Raynouard. Tel. (33) 1 42 24 56 38.
The Marmottan Monet Museum: overhanging the Ranelagh gardens, this museum is dedicated to Monet, but also showcases canvases by Berthe Morisot and Paul Signac. 2 rue Louis-Boilly. Tel. (33) 1 44 96 50 33.
The Guimet Museum: featuring one of the Western world's largest collections of Asian art. 6 place d'Iéna. Tel. (33) 1 56 52 53 00.
Carette: the French tearoom is an iconic place to stop for tea, coffee, macaroons or a club sandwich, featuring a gorgeous view over Trocadero from its bustling terrace. A must while in Paris. 4 place du Trocadéro. Tel. (33) 1 47 27 98 85.
Chez Antoine: built in 1911, the bistro sits beneath a Guimard balcony fashioned after a majestic tree and its roots, proposing a peaceful stop amidst floral tiles and a canvas of a country dance. 17 rue La Fontaine. Tel. (33) 1 40 50 14 30.
Au Régal: established in 1934, the restaurant is renowned for its succulent vatrouchka and 25 kinds of vodka! 4 rue Nicolo. Tel. (33) 1 42 88 49 15.
La Patisserie des Rêves:111 rue de Longchamp. Tel. (33) 1 47 04 00 24.
Noël: Embroidery reigns supreme at the luxury white goods/linens specialist, founded in 1883. Here, from ceremonial table linen to pocket handkerchiefs, each and every item is exquisitely embroidered. 1 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie. Tel. (33) 1 40 70 14 63.
La Réserve de Peau d'Ange: featuring sterling silver baby rattles, 19th century lace baptismal dresses from Valenciennes, handkerchiefs, Louis XVI sun mirrors, silk keychains, and more. This iconic luxurious gift shop is a treasure-trove. 15 avenue Mozart. Tel. (33) 1 45 25 46 18.
La Pastorale: this tiny antique and trinkets shop is like stepping into a dear friend's home. Since 1990, the romantic and eccentric owner Nad Laroche claims to "create a new window display, ripped from the pages of a poetry book." 118 avenue Mozart. Tel. (33) 1 45 25 73 56.
Tête Brulée: this workshop boutique offers chic and trendy ready-to-wear items for teens, as well as a nail bar. 73, rue des Vignes.
Baccarat: featuring its famed luxury crystal. 11 Place des Etats Unis.
And all the boutiques on Avenue Victor Hugo, a few steps away from the hotel.