Hotel Sezz

nr Eiffel Tower, Paris, France Book from

Reviewed by Tom Bell
Super-cool design hotel on the quiet side of town with luxury and privacy assured
Some hotels have it, others don’t, Hotel Sezz has it in spades. We trawled through the contemporary design hotels of Paris, and unanimously crowned the Sezz la belle demoiselle. It's a very sexy hotel indeed - a standard for others to follow. No flaky imitation nonsense here, no pretentious superficiality designed to impress; instead designers who have merged architectural substance with an aesthetic joie de vivre making this a thrilling place to stay. Always functional, always pleasing, it is a hotel which is hard to pick holes in.

The 26 exquisite rooms elate. There’s a bath for two in the suite with rolled white leather headrests at each end; sublime walls of raw Portuguese stone, its fossils lit by rows of halogen lamps; super-comfortable beds dressed in the crispest Egyptian linen; and walls of mirrored glass in stupendous bathrooms. The Seine is at the end of the road, the Eiffel Tower is a short walk. Add to this some of the loveliest staff who are likely to find in France and you have a very special place to stay indeed.


  • Stunningly-designed rooms; elegant, stylish, cutting-edge, hard to leave
  • Stupendous bathrooms, as good as they get
  • Great staff: informal, attentive, there to help


  • No restaurant, but there is a small Veuve Clicquot champagne bar and room service
  • The 16th arrondissement is quiet; the nightlife is over on the other side of town
  • Not for the budget traveller, nor for those who like soft, pastel decor and feminine touches
  • The breakfast is an expensive extra

Best time to go

There is a price supplement per person per room during the salons (the 3- to 4-day trade fairs and fashion shows), of which there are ten throughout the year, Prêt-à-Porter being the best known. September, October and March are the busier months.

Our top tips

We loved the design - courtesy of Christophe Pillet, whose black plastic desk chairs are in all the rooms, alongside a book of his work. You won't need to bring reading matter: each room has a collection of great design books, the sort you actually want to sit and read.

Photographers will love it here too: the downstairs walls host photographic exhibitions, and the whole building invites arty snapshots. Somehow the colour grey glistens throughout the hotel, warm as the evening sun. Tubes of illuminated glass hang like wind chimes from ceilings, vases of white light stand a metre high, a single stem rising from within.

Great for...

City Style
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Design Hotel
  • 26
  • Breakfast only; bar + room service available
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Steam Room
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


"First and foremost comes function, then the room is dressed to please the eye, finally it is lit to bring out its beauty." Designer Christophe Pillet's philosophy is sound, and his style comes in impeccably measured doses: not too much to drown the senses, not too little to starve the heart.

Deluxe Rooms are a fraction smaller than you’d want them to be, though some compensate with French windows and tiny balconies giving views of the Seine (go for these). There are charcoal grey blankets, sofas built into alcoves, double-glazed windows. A (big) step up are the Junior Suites: the very lap of luxury, with swivelling plasma screen TVs and spot-lit artwork on the walls. Big shag-pile rugs in lobster red or electric lime add colour to black wooden floors. The Junior Suites have orange leather tub chairs, the Suites come with red leather Murano sofas. Two Suites have partial views of the Eiffel Tower; they are expensive but highly indulgent (these are the rooms with the double baths). Then there is the Loft Eiffel, set on the 6th floor, with a view over Paris’s rooftops and the tip of the Eiffel Tower. Finally is the Eiffel Suite, by far the biggest room; this loft-style bedroom benefits from a living area (with a sofabed), and a PS3. This is all topped off with views over the Eiffel tower and a complimentary half-bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne to sip on as you overlook this famous skyline.

Bathrooms are a highlight in a hotel full of highlights: polished stone walls, double sinks in groovy plastic, taps that emerge seamlessly from mirrored walls, cymbal-sized shower heads in the ceiling for your own personal monsoon. Waffled bathrobes hang in the cupboards, big white towels and slippers, too. Some bathrooms hide behind smoky mirrored walls, others are more conventionally placed behind doors. They impel frequent washing; this a hotel in which it is impossible to stay dirty for long.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Ipod dock
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet


This is essentially a B&B hotel, but there's also an in-room snack and sushi service for those with sudden attacks of the munchies. There is a small dining room with a glass roof and a couple of ornate birdcage tables at either end of the room, each with padded pink leather seats.

Breakfast is served between 7am and 11am. Unless you want it brought to your room it’s a help-yourself affair (tea and coffee are freshly made and brought to you). You get fresh fruit salads, sweet figs, muesli, hams and cheeses, and baskets of croissants, brioches and pains au chocolat, as well as a hot selection, including eggs, sausages and pancakes. Freshly-squeezed orange juice comes at a premium, but there are jugs of concentrated juice on tap, plus soy milk and cow’s milk, or to get you in the holiday mood, champagne.

There’s a substantial room service menu. Sushi from a local Japanese restaurant is delivered until 10.30pm. On top of that you get 24-hour service for soups, pastas, fish, meat, and the ever popular club sandwich.

Before going out to dine, have a pre-dinner drink at the bar La Grande Dame, then wander up to Rue de Passy for a wide choice of restaurants. You’ll get good brasserie food and friendly service at Le Tournesol, steak frites and a student crowd at the bar around the corner; or book three months in advance for a table at two-Michelin-starred L’Astrance. Staff will happily advise on what’s hot and book you a table.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee maker
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service


  • The Eiffel Tower is a ten-minute stroll across the bridge; you can’t miss it! On a good day (no queues for the lifts) you can get from your room to the top in 25 minutes

  • Keep going and you can follow the Champs de Mars down to the Ecole Militaire, then walk up through Invalides to the Musée d’Orsay

  • Boat trips up and down the Seine set off nearby

  • Try the Rue de Passy for some shopping; accompanied shopping tours and gallery visits can be arranged

  • Beyond this is the Bois de Boulogne, with its rose gardens, kids' park and rowboats on the lake (avoid weekends - and night time!)

  • A lesser-known gem of the 16th arrondissement is the Musée de l’Homme at the Trocadéro (a 7-minute walk); it mixes pre-history with anthropology and ethnology to fascinating effect

  • Another gem nearby is Palais de Tokyo, a modern art museum not far from Trocadéro

  • Finally, if you fancy a morning stroll, the Allée de Cygnes is a raised bank in the middle of the Seine, running between the nearby bridges of Bir-Hakeim and Grenelle. The southern point is marked by the Statue of Liberty, a replica of New York’s, though somewhat smaller (and a gift to the people of Paris from Parisian Americans in the late 19th-century). The walk there and back takes about half an hour

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets


Although children are welcome and there are cots available free of charge in the Suites, this is not a great place to take kids due to its design.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Cots Available

Baby equipment:

Baby cots available on request

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

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