Hôtel le 'A'
4 rue d'Artois, Paris, France, 75008
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Culture vultures, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Art, Romance, Shopping
Expert review of Hôtel le 'A'
A clever collaboration between artist Fabrice Hyber and interior decorator Frédéric Méchiche, Le 'A' has all you'd want of a small upmarket hotel with an indvidual arty touch on top. Given the area, the atmosphere behind the 19th-century facade is more of cosseted good taste than radical art shock, but Hyber is an interesting artist, and his paintings, sketches, ceramics and wall hangings that punctuate the hotel give it the feel of a rather superior collector's townhouse.
On a quiet street in the smart businessy district between Faubourg St-Honoré and the Champs-Elysées, with a metro stop just round the corner.
A is also for alphabet for each of the 26 rooms: sleek exercises in seagrass and black and white, with an original artwork by Hyber in each room, white upholstered chairs and sofas, stripy carpets, and adjustable dimmer lighting. The CD-DVD player is a plus (discs can be borrowed at reception). Bathrooms have walk-in showers and mosaic stripes. "Superior" (standard) rooms are small, though cleverly set out. If you can go for a Junior Suite with comfortable sofa, or for romance, the two room attic "apartment" at the top.
The public areas are particularly successful: a drawing room-library with fireplace and bookshelves stacked with art and design books, and a tranquil bar area under a glazed roof.
There's a choice of continental or buffet breakfast, and a tranquil bar (house cocktail is called Aphrodite).
No in-house facilities but a tie-up with a nearby spa.
Professional and generally helpful, there's a concierge service for booking restaurants, etc.
Art and fashion people, honeymoon couples.
More information on Hôtel le 'A':
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- 4 rue d'Artois, Paris, France, 75008
- High-Speed Internet, Room Service