On a side street on the southern fringe of the Latin Quarter; it's mainly residential here but just a few minutes walk to rue Mouffetard with its street market and cafés, and an easy bus ride to [node:168630].
Each suite really is quite different – four different designers were involved. 007 has a slinky 60s feel: an image of Sean Connery lifts to reveal a giant screen for watching all the Bond movies on DVDs provided in the room. Alice in Wonderland has a rabbit climbing out of the wall, a Cheshire Cat on the sofa and lots of mushrooms on the bed, presumably to help you shrink or grow taller, and we did like the double loo and chess set; Sublime is the most romantic, with thick textured carpet and vast circular white bed. On Off at first sight looks the most ordinary but has a clever double decor. Diamant Noir is black and sparkly, though I suspect could soon seem tiresomely dark. The seven suites are clearly the USP here but it's good to see they haven't stinted on the ordinary rooms either, with twinkling sky ceilings, cleverly lit glass open wardrobes, fibreoptics and levitation beds. Well, suspended, underlit beds. Levitation rooms have a glass-walled shower behind the bed. Absolute Levitation rooms have a shower for two, and in Suspended Bath, your bath floats too. Most intriguing. i-Pod docks, WiFi, Nespresso machines come as standard and all rooms and suites have an olfactory system, that can waft different scents (fireplace, sea, champagne) through the room to accompany an image on the screen.
Lots of atmospheric lighting. Downstairs, the reception area has mini high-backed velvet sofas, ceramic petal lamps and mildly mind-boggling coloured mirrors that give the whole thing a mysterious light. On the other side is a bar with plenty of seating, suspended bubble glass lamps and a tiny patio.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is served in a fresh modern basement that converts into a wine bar at night. Plus the ground-floor lounge bar.
Staff were friendly when I visited but we waited ages for the receptionist to get off the phone to help us – it's probably a little understaffed for a place aiming at 4-star quality.
Who stays there
Only opened recently but numerous British and Americans as well as French.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Design and architecture
Pros & Cons
- Amusing room designs and amazing lighting
- Slightly understaffed