44 rue Madame, Paris, France, 75006
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Relaxation, Romance, Shopping
Expert review of Villa Madame
This used to be a good-value budget secret, now it's rather less secret and a much heavier budget but it's got sophisticated urban charm down to a T. The Villa Madame was redecorated in 2009 by Michel Jouannet, who recently revamped Hotel Cipriani in Venice, and it combines discreet luxury and the intimate approach that suggests you're walking into someone's private residence – a table rather than reception counter, fresh flowers, and the owner's collection of Oriental ceramics around the living room.
On a sidestreet named after "Madame" de Savoie, wife of future Louis XVIII, it is beautifully placed for sunning and people-watching in the Jardins du Luxembourg, Great shopping and the St-Germain café scene nearby.
The 28 rooms and suites are classic yet contemporary with pared-back lines and luxurious fabrics, I particularly like the velvet balloon back chairs found in different colours all over the hotel. There are framed fashion sketches and watercolours on the wall, lovely Hermès products in the bathrooms. For a romantic treat, go for one of the mansarded top-floor rooms with its own private roof terrace.
Chic yet relaxed. Two spacious lounges with small tables for breakfast and sofas deep in cushions for books and boardgames.There's an open fire in winter, a Japanese-style patio garden for summer.
Breakfast is served in one of the lounges. There is also Afternoon Tea and room service, and a good selection of wines and spirits at the bar, which organises unusual after work "cocktail games" two Wednesdays a month.
Polite, welcoming multilingual staff.
Lots of couples; all ages and nationalities.
Doubles from around 200 euros.
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- 44 rue Madame, Paris, France, 75006
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