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13 February 2015

Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal © DR

The Saint Valentine Hotels

By Laurence Gounel

PLUME VOYAGE serenades you with a selection of the latest up-and-coming Parisian hotels, from the most architectural, the artiest, the most chabdabada, the most discrete, or alternatively, the most woaaah…so that you can slide – unnoticed – into the softest of sheets.

  • The Cinq Codet Hotel: the architectural one

    Having opened at the end of last year, the Cinq Codet is an audacious project. Firstly, because it is located – unlike all the other glamorous boutique hotels – in a buzzy area; behind the military academy, on the left bank, to be precise. But, in perhaps a less sexy vein, it has also established itself in one of the former Telecoms centres. Has the gamble paid off? YES! With the help of Jean-Philippe Nuel, this architect made full use of this atypical architecture by designing 29 kinds of rooms. The bedrooms and suites, which resemble artists’ studio and decorated with photographs, paintings, designer furniture…
    We love: the loft-style décor in the lounge bar, with the large guest table, conceptualised like a central island for casual breakfasts, and to converse with the “show cooking” chef.
    Our favourite room: one of the duplex suites, which look like two little apartments. You might think that it is your very own pied-a-terre. And you just have to tilt your head to catch a glimpse of Invalides.
    Too much: The outdoor Jacuzzi that ‘bubbles’ between sprigs of bamboo and a swing seat. You would think you were far away from everything…

  • The Réserve Paris Hotel: the golden triangle one

    This is the grand opening at the start of 2015, and it is just a stones’s throw away from the Champs-Elysées. After setting up ten apartments in Trocadéro, Michel Reybier (owner of the Réserve Genève, the Rèserve Ramatuelle and the Cos d’Estournel wine estate) has created his next hotel in Paris, devised as a special private hotel, where guests share a specific travel philosophy. There is no lobby, nor reception, but a succession of intimate salons, a smoking room, wine cellar in each suite, and an indoor pool…and above all, the felt décor is teamed with flecked furniture, all designed by Jacques Garcia.
    We love: The extensive library – books on art and history… – reserved exclusively for guests with an honesty bar. At night fall, the hotel atmosphere takes over.
    Our favourite bedroom: One of the suites, with a balcony overlooking the Grand Palais, but even the ‘classic’ rooms are spacious and their marble bathrooms are no exception to the rule.
    It’s all just too much: the bar which, unlike other establishments that fuss over cocktails, prefers to offer a 400 strong wine menu. Connoisseurs, you have come to the right place; it’s a treasure chest!

  • The Grand Hôtel du Palais-Royal: the chabadabada one

    This little hotel is located in the heart of Paris – within walking distance of all the action…Opéra, the Louvre and the Tuileries gardens…and yet, it is calmly tucked away on the rue de Valois. It would almost go unnoticed, and yet everything about it is so well-known; interior design by Pierre-Yves Rochon (himself!), sculptures of workshops from the Louvre, fabrics from Pierre Frey and Manuel Canovas, made-to-measure furniture…all is in excellent taste and the bedrooms boast a perfectly Parisian charm. And for a lucky few, a panoramic view makes these rooms worthy of an even more prestigious mention.
    We love: The Lulli restaurant. And the chef is both inventive and rigorous in his choice of products and his combinations. A short, effective menu. A special mention is owed to the pastry-chef. We’ll definitely be staying for dinner!
    Our favourite bedroom: A panoramic suite with a lovely terrace, so that you can make the most of the spectacular view over the Palais Royal gardens and the Council of State, amongst others. These are views that you don’t get to see very often from this angle…
    It’s all just too much: The Carita spa, an intimate, pocket-sized space with a duo cabin and signature treatment that lasts 90 minutes, alternating between hot-stone massages, stretching and reflexology. Also open to non-guests!

  • Hotel La Demeure: the arty one

    If you can forget the grandiose luxury, this is a familial, three-star hotel full of spirit. The design was entrusted in young duo Flavie + Paul (Flavie Papin and Paul Jouan) and we must say that it has paid off. The idea? To recreate a maisonette in Paris, to live like you would at home, but with the addition of a few wonderful original creations: the sublime wooden flooring in the salon, 2015-style low beds, certain trompe l’eils which animate the curtained walls, and every piece of furniture, which have been chosen for their optimum functionality.
    We love: the guest table with its Macbook and maps of Paris that detach from their notepads, the sexy evening salon with its luscious carpeting and mirrors and fire, which flickers against the curtains. There are also Nespresso machines in every room.
    Our favourite bedroom: The angle bedrooms with their fireplaces or, for curious guests, one of the six themed suites (Cinema, Food, Highlife…)
    It’s all just too much: The green patio, perfect for breakfast on sunny days, with iPads at your disposal.

  • Hotel Le Bourgogne & Montana: the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ one.

    It is one of the most discreet hotels on the left bank, almost within touching distant of the Hotel Matignon. If you follow the muffled hubub of the Place Gaveau, you come across another, undiscovered side of Paris, far from the tourist circuit, and this newly renovated hotel. Within walking distance, why not take a stroll and check out an exhibition at the musée Rodin, wander over to the other side of Invalides, take a trip to the buzzy 7th arrondissement, to Rue Saint-Dominique and Rue Clerc. On the inside, the place is chic and sufficiently elegant to make you want to hide away in your room. Even the bathrooms are aesthetically pleasing, with their graphic vintage checks.
    We love: the very deco wallpaper and the arrangement of unusual volumes in the bedrooms. Discretion is a must in this tranquil, affluent hotel and room-service is extremely efficient. Perfect for a ‘hideaway’ stay, without even leaving your bed!
    Our favourite bedroom: one of the ‘Seductive’ rooms, with a coquette vibe and a view over the rue de Bourgogne.
    It’s all just too much: the indulgent, high quality breakfast spread, with Milliat juices, delicious viennoiseries, Echiré butter, coffee on demand, a mature cheese platter and handmade jams.

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