A quiet side street in the upmarket Gros Caillou residential district of the seventh. Despite the name, it's actually closer to [node:168958] than the [node:168774].
Bedrooms are comfortable rather than exciting, putting the emphasis on soothing colours and finishes. Most have photographic motifs (clouds, dunes...) that flow over the ceiling. There is well thought-out lighting and clever details, such as tiles that continue between bedroom and bathroom to increase the sense of space, and practical full-length mirrors. Small City rooms are best-suited for shorter stays or solo business travellers; Premium rooms are good-sized with Saarinen Tulip chairs, and I preferred them to the Open Space mini-suites, which have a curtained off lounge area and a balcony.
The ground floor is the hotel's best feature, with an invitingly eclectic style and varied spaces that are intended to become the lived in heart of the hotel. Beyond the lobby, there's a lounge with leather club chairs and bookshelves, then the long bar area and finally a small verandah space – offering sheltered respite for smokers. There's also a secret roof terrace on the fifth-floor with vine, kiwi plant, plenty of chairs and fake lawn.
Eating and drinking
There's a choice of "express" breakfast for seven euros or more elaborate "parisien" for 19 euros; the lounge bar takes its wine selection seriously, with evening wine tastings (the owners are from Bordeaux), while le Goûter, Afternoon Tea features cakes from Hugo & Victor; all are open to non-residents.
Quietly formal with an emphasis on personal attention; despite the hotel's change of hands, many of the staff have stayed on from its previous incarnation and know the district well.
Who stays there
Business travellers during the week, weekending couples, Americans who adore nearby rue Cler.
Rack rates are rather steep but look out for special deals.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Mature travellers
- Escaping the crowds
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Convivial ground-floor lounge and bar
- Calm bedrooms
- The roof terrace