49 rue Pierre-Charron, Paris, France, 75008
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Expert review of Pershing Hall
Coloured light washes set the tone as soon as you enter the stone entrance hall of the mansion built by the Count of Paris before becoming the World War I HQ of American General John Pershing – spot the stars and the flame of liberty in the ironwork – and now converted into chic contemporary hotel by architect Imaad Rahmouni and style guru Andrée Puttmann. However, the real showstopper is the 30-metre high vertical garden in the courtyard, a lush jungle of tropical greenery created by star botanist Patrick Blanc.I visited this hotel when it first opened and if anything it's even better now, with a sort of assured confidence and just 26 rooms that make it a glamorous destination for grand-style living with a discretion lacking in the city’s more show-off palaces.
Golden triangle amid the upmarket couture houses off the Champs-Elysées, yet on a relatively quiet street.
The 26 bedrooms are pared back yet welcoming, with natural oak doors and pretty details like the crystal balls on the bedheads and layered voile curtains. Attractive suites have a separate living room with curvaceous sofa and chaise longue, and there is lots of cupboard space, and angled mirrors for inspecting your purchases, plus DVD and CD player in every room. Bathrooms have a clever shutter system so that you can open onto the bedroom or close it off for privacy.
The vertical garden is a stylish rendezvous with tables in the courtyard and romantic balcony perches up above. A retractable roof makes it an indoor-outdoor experience all year round. High ceilings, Corinthian columns and a grand staircase recall the building's prestigious past brought right into the 21st century by the brilliant lighting and extravagant bar.
Breakfast in the courtyard (served until noon) is popular with Parisians for business meetings as well with hotel guests; later on the restaurant serves modern French cuisine with cosmpolitan touches. The first-floor bar has soaring ceilings, artful lighting and DJs most nights.
The Talika spa is reputed for its soothing massages and facial treatments. There's also a high-tech gym.
Young and helpful.
Style-conscious international travellers, both business and leisure, and romantic couples.
Look out for good special offers. Breakfast costs 28-32 euros.
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- 49 rue Pierre-Charron, Paris, France, 75008
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service