Chic sleeps in Paris
The Big Six: from outdoor Jacuzzis and inky interiors to views of the Eiffel Tower
Saturday 23 November 2013
Hôtel Verneuil, St-Germain-des-Prés
This elegant 17th-century townhouse couldn't be better placed to help you enjoy the quiet delights of Paris. The Musée d'Orsay is a stroll along the Seine, the Louvre is a hop across the Pont du Carrousel and the artsy, independent shops of St-Germain fan out on all sides around the hotel. Having recently changed hands, it has also undergone a renovation with interiors by Charlotte Inchauspé that deftly combine bright flashes of colour, with ancient oak beams and sharp, modern bathrooms.
Hôtel Verneuil, 8 Rue de Verneuil, St-Germain-des-Prés, 7th (00 33 1 42 60 82 14; bit.ly/verneuil). Doubles start at €199, room only.
Hôtel Marignan, Champs-Elysées
This recent addition to the Golden Triangle sits just off the Champs-Elysées. In contrast to the swirl of overpriced cafés and tourist shops nearby, the hotel's interiors are restrained, with neutral shades, clean lines and Mid-Century Modern furniture. Some of the larger suites boast balconies with views of the Eiffel Tower. Hit the bar for champagne cocktails before tucking into classics such as escargots at the restaurant.
Hôtel Marignan, 12 Rue de Marignan, 8th (00 33 1 40 76 34 56; hotelmarignan.fr). Doubles start at €319, B&B.
Hôtel de Nell, Faubourg-Montmartre
Opened this year, the Hôtel de Nell has muted, pared-back interiors by Jean-Michel Wilmotte and a bistro-style restaurant by chef Bruno Doucet. The rooms are largest on the upper levels: the first-floor Classique is snug and sparse, while the fifth-floor Prestige reveals a Japanese bathtub, separate shower and double sinks. Splash out on the top suite to find champagne, chocolates and a long balcony.
Hôtel de Nell, 7-9 Rue du Conservatoire, Faubourg-Montmartre, 9th (00 33 1 44 83 83 60; hoteldenell.com). Doubles start at €400, room only.
Hôtel des Atmosphères, St-Germain-des-Prés
The Hôtel des Atmosphères offers an antidote to the French capital's classic hotels. Step inside to find walls lined with prints by photographer Thierry des Ouche, mismatched mini lampshades dangling overhead and bright fabrics spread about each of the 56 quirky rooms. Algotherm toiletries add a luxury feel, but downstairs the mood is happily informal, with a low-key breakfast room, honesty bar, gym and sauna.
Hôtel des Atmosphères, 31 Rue des Ecoles, St-Germain-des-Prés, 5th (00 33 1 43 26 56 02; hotelatmospheres.com). Doubles start at €180, including breakfast.
Hôtel Armoni, Ternes
Opened in February, the Hôtel Armoni provides luxury digs at an accessible price. The tone is indulgent, with caramel-coloured walls, cream headboards and deep chocolately throws. It's all finished off with black-and-white photos and full-length mirrors, propped up to one side. Beyond the front door, you'll find the Arc de Triomphe and the Palais des Congrès concert hall standing out amid a largely residential neighbourhood.
Hôtel Armoni, 7 Villa Berthier, Porte de Champerret, Ternes, 17th (00 33 1 42 12 44 00; hotelarmoniparis.com). Doubles start at €159, including breakfast.
Hôtel Félicien, Auteuil
Fashion designer Olivier Lapidus is the creative force behind this new haunt in the upmarket 16th arrondissement. Rooms vary from the dark and moody Elegante options to the Silver or White suites on the Sky Floor, which are bathed in light shades, with an outdoor Jacuzzi and deckchairs. The downstairs spa is in partnership with L'Institut du Bac while the Black Bar blends inky interiors with decadent drinks.
Hotel Félicien, 21 Rue Félicien David, Auteuil, 16th (00 33 01 55 74 00 00; hotelfelicienparis.com). Doubles start at €129, room only.
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