By Sandra Serpero
Week end in Paris : Four new Parisian hotels
Nestled in the capital’s vibrant and attractive districts, these hotels with their strong characters elegantly embody a new generation of urban establishments. In keeping with the times, they are a sign of a fine art of living, asserting themselves through their meticulous decoration and offering seductive and sophisticated services.
Monsieur George: the most elegant
Located in the heart of the 8th arrondissement, this new showcase in the Group’s collection offers travelers from here and abroad the chic of a timeless address that bears the first name of the illustrious first president of the United States, George Washington, and of the street of the same name that welcomes him. Imagined in the spirit of a family home by Anouska Hempel, an exceptional and talented personality, this boutique hotel has 46 well-kept rooms and suites, all unique and charming. The “Windsor” rooms are filled with grey taffeta and puffy velvet, while the “Benjamin Franklin” rooms and suites are inspired by the white clouds. The wow factor? The “Garden” suite, a 45m2 duplex that opens onto a private garden. To prolong the pleasure, head to the Galanga restaurant which welcomes guests and Parisians from breakfast to lunch, from snacks to aperitifs and from dinner to a last drink in a velvety turquo-moroccan-inspired space. Add a cocktail bar and an insider’s cellar. And for the wellness touch, a spa by le Tigre which offers therapies and massages and even private yoga lessons in your room. The verdict? All the comfort of a 5-star hotel, with the added bonus of absolute chic and kindness at all times.
Monsieur George, 17 rue Washington, Paris 8ème. Telephone: 01 87 89 89 48 48
Hotel Opéra Liège Paris: the greenest
This 4-star hotel located in the 9th arrondissement with 48 rooms and 2 duplex suites, offers since February a 100% plastic-free single-use experience in all its spaces (kitchen, bar, rooms). Hand in hand with the startup Racing For The Oceans, which has signed its first hotel collaboration here, the Hotel Opera Liège is part of a responsible tourism approach. How does this work? By replacing plastic bottles with glass models, by eliminating all packaging in the mini-bars in the rooms, by favouring short circuits for “food and beverage” products which are delivered protected but without plastic packaging… In the hope that this pilot project will inspire other hotel groups in France and abroad. A great initiative.
Hotel Opéra Liège Paris, 9 rue de Liège, Paris 9ème. Telephone: 01 53 72 85 00
Freshly installed on rue des Martyrs in the 9th arrondissement, the Hotel HOY embodies with panache the essence of the era. A place of reconnection, sharing and well-being, this building contains 22 rooms designed as cocoons that combine feng shui and Parisian architectural codes. And also, an all-vegetable restaurant offering holistic cuisine that is as nutritious for the body as it is for the mind, a florist with Japanese inspiration designed by the artist Chiaki Kokami (La Floreria) and, as a highlight, a vast yoga room on the first floor that makes HOY the first yoga hotel in the capital! Do not imagine a small, confined and uncomfortable room, since this room can make the most beautiful centres appear grim: this large room heated to 30° and lit by infrared light comes alive to the rhythm of inspiring playlists and a dynamic yoga flow for lovers of this trendy discipline. The mood? Experience the present moment, the soul of HOY delivers an avant-garde vision of the urban refuge with respectful habits: zero paper policy in the rooms, organic paint, reusable bottles proposed to the client for their escapades in Paris… What we love: no television in the rooms, instead a stretching bar! The verdict: a highly benevolent place, concerned about ethics and sharing, where it’s good to be.
HOY hotel, 68 rue des Martyrs, Paris 18ème. Telephone: 01 77 37 87 20.
The Hotel de Pourtalès: the most arty
Located a few meters from the Place de la Madeleine, this sublime mansion built in the 19th century and classified as a Historic Monument, has come back to life under the artistic direction of the architect Agathe Labaye who has completely redesigned the place without betraying its soul. A subtle blend of classic, contemporary and avant-garde, she has been inspired by Paris, its colours and vibrations to imagine couture and intimate interiors. The Hôtel de Pourtalès, more confidential than a hotel or a palace, offers exceptional, comfortable and singular living spaces. A total of 11 Parisian apartments of contemporary design, 9 exclusive suites and 2 luxurious rooms with unique tones. The craziest one? The Garden Duplex of 345m2 with a spectacular ceiling height, featuring a monumental painting by Redfield & Dattner. The promise? To offer a new hotel experience with à la carte tailor-made services including a permanent concierge, a chef at home and a dedicated bodyguard. The verdict? A singular universe steeped in history that will charm lovers of art and intimacy.
Hôtel de Pourtalès, 7 rue Tronchet, Paris 8ème. Telephone: 01 42 68 40 60