“Super-cool design hotel on the quiet side of town with luxury and privacy assured”
"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.
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.
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.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking