At the good end of rue de Vaugirard (Paris’s longest street) – very near to the Jardins du Luxembourg and Odéon theatre, with St-Germain shopping, the boulevard St-Michel and all the sights of the Latin Quarter nearby.
A theme of Parisian fountains runs through the 30 bedrooms and although I'd feared it might be kitsch, it actually works very well, with giant blown up images that frame the bed – so you might have the Luxembourg gardens or place de la Concorde – matched with accent walls, and interesting fabrics for curtains and bed throws. There's good lighting, Epeda mattresses and discretely installed air conditioning. Bathrooms are amazingly large, especially those in superior rooms that have separate shower and bath, decorated in little black tiles. Streetside rooms are brighter than those on the courtyard, though even this is quite attractive. Two fully-adapted wheelchair-accessible bedrooms open onto the courtyard.
A high-ceilinged, beamed hallway, where Franck Rezzak’s fantastical mural hangs behind the reception desk and a dignified salon, which mixes comfortable Neo-Baroque velvet armchairs, a painted fire in the fireplace, exposed stone and unusual bookshelves. A small creeper-covered courtyard has its own little fountain and a few tables and chairs. Another nice touch is the daylit corridors wallpapered with a collage of old engravings, and there's even a minuscule lift, not bad for a 17th-century building.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast in a vaulted stone cellar – decorated with more blown-up images of old Paris. Drinks can be served in the salon.
Unobtrusive yet helpful desk staff.
Who stays there
So far, a mix of French and international visitors.
It's not yet well known, so there can be some good deals.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Culture vultures
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Great new design
- Beautiful building
- Minuscule lift