20 rue Berthollet, 5e, Paris, 75005, France
The "seven" may refer to the level of heaven you'll find at this wacky boutique hotel, or the 007 room, but most likely the seven suites, where a team of designers and artists were let loose to riff on imaginative themes like Secret Agent, Sublime, and Nuit Chic. Dangerously hovering at the edge of kitsch, the hotel is really just having fun, and that's refreshing. This is clearly a couples lodging, but kids will get a kick out of the levitating beds and baths.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If themed hotels don't do it for you, please take our advice and look elsewhere.
With themes like Cabaret, Lovez-Vous (with a terrace and hot tub) and Eden, you get the picture...this is an adults' wonderland, with design elements that range from charmingly whimsical to over-the-top. Even standard rooms break the rules with Plexiglas furnishings and showers, "levitating" beds, and ceilings and floors embedded with fiberoptic lights that make even the smallest rooms feel theatrical.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Rooms are smaller than you're led to believe on the hotel's website; the seven suites are roomier but still cozy.
The space-age baths, complete with plexiglass showers and fiberoptic lighting, are in the room. Suites have tubs or showers, some with steam. Tiny toilets are separate, thankfully.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Bathrooms are decidedly not for the prudish. You will be on full view.
A glitzy (and overtly sexy) reception area, lounge area and a cozy bar inhabit the first floor, plus a small courtyard terrace where you can enjoy a drink or coffee.
A plentiful continental breakfast is served in the breakfast room or in room.
At the small, cozy bar you can indulge in a cocktail, glass of wine or spirits. Late hours make it convenient for a nightcap.
Five minutes from the Censier-Daubernton station, and from the Port-Royal RER, direct to both airports
Les Papilles cave à manger (10-minutes by foot at 30 rue Gay-Lussac) is as Parisian as it gets and we love it, reserve in advance. Le Pré Verre is also a neighborhood favorite, with excellent wines by the glass and a good prix fixe menu. For one of Paris's truly great views and good Middle Eastern fare, we love nearby Le Zyriab restaurant, at the top of the Musée du Monde Arabe. It's also a great spot for afternoon tea out on the terrace. Chocolate lovers get thee to Franck Kesterner, near the Luxembourg Gardens, a master chocolatier with an adventuresome spirit.
This is not a big cocktail bar neighborhood, but students congregate at Teddy's Bar, a cozy, popular watering hole for good value drinks and happy hour. There are also several popular neighborhood bars along the Rue Mouffetard worth checking out.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Heed our words, this hotel is not a hotel for everyone. But those up for a little quirky fun and playful sex appeal will enjoy this highly unusual hotel.
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