6 av. Frémiet, 16e, Paris, 75016, France
An elegant Haussmannian building on the outside, a sleek contemporary lair with interiors by French furniture designer Christophe Pillet on the inside, this small, stylish hotel on a residential street a few steps from the Seine mixes rough stone walls with splashes of brilliant red and mustard yellow for the ultimate bachelor-pad feel.
The hotel favors a more personal touch, with "assistants" whose mission is to cater to your every need during your stay.
Sleek, spacious rooms sport handsome grey stone walls, with wood floors accented with bright carpets and design lighting and furniture. Most rooms have large windows and ample light and the Eiffel Tower suite offers good views of the tower across the river.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some beds are in the center of the room, a hip touch, but it does make for a potentially awkward flow pattern.
Large bathroom, some with one-way-glass walls separating the sleeping areas from the bathrooms, have tubs big enough for two or bath-shower combos that feel slightly smaller. Luxury bath products by Italian perfumers Aqua Parma are a nice bonus, as is the cute rubber ducky!
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you're an absolute sticker for privacy be sure to ask for an enclosed bathroom.
The owner has pushed the trend of scaled-down reception desks even further by not having one at all. The bar and breakfast nook on the first floor, as well as a stylish lounge where you can enjoy a drink or work quietly on your computer.
The small espace bien-être ("well-being center") offers a selection of treatments and massages, plus a small Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The spa can't be booked for a private session, so if you're going as a couple go at an off hour for a bit more privacy.
A quality continental breakfast, with both hot and cold choices, is served in the downstairs breakfast room. Light meals of a standard quality are available via room service.
YOU SHOULD KNOW If you're hungry, it may be worth your while to dine out, as the hotel doesn't have a proper restaurant, and there are plenty of good choices in the neighborhood.
The Grand Dame honesty bar, sponsored by Veuve Cliquot Champagne, stocks several choices of the reliably excellent brand, along with other drinks and light bar snacks, which you can imbibe from 11 a.m. to midnight in the comfy lounge.
Elegant and upscale yes, but this not the most central neighborhood, though it does have the advantage of being a few steps from the Seine and within walking distance of some major tourist sites, including the Eiffel Tower and its park, and the theaters and museums at Trocadéro. It's just a few minutes on foot to the Passy metro and five minutes from RER C, which takes you directly to Versailles.
If you're in the mood for a blowout meal, Astrance, one of Paris's truly great restaurants, is a few minutes away (hint: the 70 euros lunch menu is a great introduction to French haute cuisine and a fine way to spend an afternoon.
A reliably good Thai restaurant (not a cuisine the city excels in), Aux Trois Nagas, a few minutes away, is quite popular and serves a gastronomic Asian fare.
This is a quiet area, not known for its nightlife, so you may want to travel a little farther afield for the happening spots. That said, the Shangri-La hotel is a treasure trove for great drinking and dining, and their Le Bar Botaniste is a elegantly cozy (and pricey) place to down a craft cocktail or two. A little upscale, Monsieur Bleu, at the Palais de Tokyo, is a superchic spot with a sprawling outdoor terrace and killer views of the Eiffel Tower.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Extra attention to style and service, plenty of in-hotel advantages, and a quiet spot on an elegant street just steps from the Seine, recommend this intimate hotel to those seeking a hotel with plenty of chic that's close enough to tourist sites but far from the teeming crowds.
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