Inside David Beckham's £13,500-a-night hotel suite in Paris

Inside David Beckham's £13,500-a-night hotel suite in Paris

David Beckham's home in Paris for the next five months has been revealed as five-star luxury hotel Le Bristol Paris, where he will stay in a £13,500-a-night suite - well, you didn't think Becks was going to stay at a Holiday Inn, did you?

According to the Daily Mail, David will be staying in the 3,475 sq. ft. Imperial Suite at the hotel on the fashionable Faubourg Saint-Honore, just a stone's throw from the Elysee Palace, while he plays for French football team PSG.

PSG has given him a £26,000-a-month budget towards his hotel costs after he decided to donate his £700,000-a-month salary to a Parisian children's charity.

The Imperial Suite boasts enough space for three adults, or two adults and one child, a kitchen, three marble bathrooms, bedrooms with panoramic views of Paris and a dining room.

Inside David Beckham's £13,500-a-night hotel suite in Paris

The dining room is big enough for 12 people, so Beckham could invite his teammates round for dinner.

And he won't have to cook either, as resident chef Eric Frechon, with three Michelin stars, is on hand to serve up delicious delicacies.

Female First reports that a source said: 'It costs around £13,500 a night, however PSG will foot the bill.

'The local area is perfect, there are lots of lovely shops nearby, such as Hermes and Colette, plus boat rides along the Seine for the children.

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'For dining out, La Maison Du Caviar is uber-cool and loved by Karl Lagerfeld.'

The suite overlooks traditional French-style gardens and has a sitting room kitted out with furniture from 18th-century-inspired maker Taillardat and upholstery by Parisian company Manuel Canovas.

The main bedroom has its own sitting area and walk-in wardrobe, which is sure to please his wife Victoria.

If Becks gets bored he can have a drink in the hotel bar, which is said to be one of the trendiest in Paris.

As well as hotel staff, he will be provided with a chauffeur, personal assistant and bodyguard.

Don't have Beckham's budget but still want to enjoy Paris? Check out our favourite things to do in the city of love...

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Don't miss any of the city's iconic sights. How? Head to The Panoramic Floor on the 56th level of this Seventies skyscraper to look out over the city and its monuments, including a prime view of the Eiffel Tower. Situated in the 15th arrondissement, the modern office block puts Paris at your feet courtesy of weatherproofed views through plate-glass windows with handy information points.
Haven't got a head for heights? No worries, there are plenty of great views at ground level – especially among Paris's pretty galleries and passages. These 19th-century covered arcades offer a retail experience that couldn't be further from the soulless kind offered by today's shopping centres. Take a walk through the Galerie Vivienne, between the Palais Royal, the Bourse and the Grands Boulevards, to admire its mosaic tiled floors, fanlight windows and rotunda decorated with nymphs and goddesses.
If you're beloved has a taste for the gothic - or a quirky sense of humour – take them for a stroll around the sombre yet beautiful grounds of the Père Lachaise cemetery (Boulevard de Ménilmontant, nearest Metro Philippe Auguste) in the 20th arrondissement. Take in the views of the exquisite stonework on the tombs, framed by flowers and shaded by trees. Oscar Wilde, Frederic Chopin and Edith Piaf are among the famous faces to have been buried here and whose headstones you can seek out.
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Extend your offbeat route to Place de Stalingrad in the 19th arrondissement, where you'll find the double lock that marks the start of the Canal Saint-Martin, which ultimately leads to the Seine. Walk along its banks – lined with cafes and restaurants – passing under graceful iron bridges along the way, and watch the barges go by. Or slow it right down and take your honey on a cruise along its waters.
Until recently, The Penthouse at the Hotel Plaza Athénée wasn't just known as one of the city's premier hotel rooms, the glorious views to the Eiffel Tower from its terrace also gained romantic kudos when the room starred in a scene from hit TV series Sex and the City. Now the hotel claims to have trumped that view with the one it offers through a window in its new Eiffel Tower Suite. Book this luxurious pad for the night and you can snuggle up with a front-row view of the famous tower, which is captured within a specially commissioned architrave styled to look like a silver frame.

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This bookstore (Rue de la Bûcherie, nearest metro – Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame) has provided a bed to some 50,000 penniless authors since it opened in 1951 – the idea being that writers who worked in the shop got to live there, too. The store, which predominantly sells books in English, has become something of an institution, with regular literary events and a constant stream of visitors keen to pick up a new read in order to come away with a bag bearing the shop's name.

If you enjoy an ice cream in Paris, you can guarantee it'll be a Berthillon – a Parisian ice cream manufacturer that started up in 1954. Check out the main store on Rue Saint Louis en l'ile (nearest metro – Ponte Marie) for a bevy of unusual flavours, such as granny apple, prune and rhubarb. Prepare to queue down the road for your cone but, rest assured, it'll be worth it.

You don't get a much more lavish setting for lunch than a 19th-century Parisian mansion. The café at the Jacquemart-André museum (Boulevard Haussman, nearest metro – Miromesnil) – which is well worth a visit in itself for its impressive art collection – is adorned with antique paintings and tapestries. A fascinating collection of figures looks down at you from the ceiling painted by 18th-century Italian artist, Tiepolo. The set lunch menu comes in at a reasonable €16.50.

Fashion-lovers, history-buffs, and shopping queens should all go on pilgrimage to the Chanel Store on Rue Cambon (nearest metro – Madeleine) where the iconic brand began. In 1910 Coco Chanel opened her first shop – a hat store – here and had her private apartment on the second floor. Fancy buying something but can't afford to spend £1,000s? Then come away with a bottle of exclusive 31 Rue Cambon perfume to remember your visit.

Forget the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Dedicated shoppers should head to this endlessly sprawling flea market [hyperlink] on the edge of Paris (Saint Ouen, nearest metro – Porte de Clignancourt). The market has built up since the 19th century and today, in the maze of tiny, intertwining streets, you'll find over 2,000 stalls creaking with vintage fashion, furniture, crockery, books, and just about everything in between. Be sure to practice your haggling en Français before you go!

Did you know that New York's Statue of Liberty was actually designed by a Parisian, Frédéric Bartholdi, and was given as a gift to America by the French? So it's perhaps no surprise that Paris has it's own lesser-known version (Île aux Cygnes, nearest metro – Bir-Hakeim). It's just 37 feet, nine inches, to the New York version's 305 feet. But it makes for a wonderfully quirky and incongruent site, with the Eiffel Tower set behind it.

Escape the obvious romantic hotspots in the City of Love and visit Le mur des Je t'aime – the I love you wall (Place des Abbesses, nearest metro – Abbesses). Across 612 enamelled tiles you'll find 'I love you' written in 100s of different languages. Search for those you can understand or just marvel at this piece of large-scale modern art. And of course...invite someone special to go with you.

If you've ticked off the Centre Pomidou and the Louvre but want an art fix, head to the Rodin Museum (Rue de Varenne, nearest metro stop – Varenne). It displays the work of French artist Auguste Rodin, made famous by his sculptures The Thinker and The Kiss. Set in a picture-perfect mansion and with vast gardens, it's a lovely place to amble away an afternoon. And it's a welcome escape from the madding crowds at the more famous Parisian art destinations.

You're spoilt for choice when it comes to churches in Paris, with the likes of Notre Dame and Sacré-Cœur. But this chapel (Boulevard du Palais, nearest metro – Cité) easily rivals them in the beauty stakes, with three walls of near floor to ceiling stained glass. Inside the gothic masterpiece, the air dances with colours as the light catches the multicoloured glass – guaranteed to have you captivated.


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