Arty St-Germain, with its art school, galleries, pavement cafés and designer boutiques and an easy walk across the Seine to the Louvre.
Staying here is all about immersing yourself in fantasy. Twenty sumptuous cocoons rich in silks, velvets and mahogancy, swags and tassels, range from "mignon" and "bijoux" (read tiny but gloriously romantic) to larger "chic" and the penthouse "apartment". The bedroom where Oscar Wilde died fighting a battle with his wallpaper is now a suitably strutty affair with peacocks on the walls, another is furnished with the mirrored Art Deco bedroom suite of music hall star Mistinguett. Other rooms vary from mahogany rich Napoleon III, Neo-Classical stripes and Venetian brocades to the Marco Polo with Chinoiserie motifs.
Cossetted clutter with an intimate salon; Neo-Classical reliefs and faux marble in the rotonda.
Eating and drinking
L'Hôtel has its own restaurant, called Le Restaurant, naturally: a decadent affair of red velvet and leopard spots, serving up acclaimed, creative cuisine. There's also a clubby, library style bar.
A gorgeous mini swimming pool and steam room in the cellar that you can reserve for your own private use.
Discrete but helpful, used to meeting customers' whims.
Who stays there
Jet setters after a Left Bank slant rather than conventional Champs-Elysées luxury, fashion folk and film stars, lovers and honeymooners.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Culture vultures
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions
Pros & Cons
- Sybaritic setting.
- Restaurant closed in August.