There's something just a bit naughty in the air at this eccentric and opulent boutique hotel. Is it the history as an 18th-century pavillion d'amour (inn for trysts)? Is it that in 1900, Oscar Wilde permanently checked out in Room 16? Or Jacques Garcia's more recent makeover—rooms done in yards of rich fabrics in colors like ruby red and emerald green? It could be all of the above, plus the intimate bar and restaurant that allows you to mingle with the Parisian beau monde. A exposed stone grotto holds a countercurrent pool and steam room. Michelin-starred chef Julien Monbabut runs the kitchen of Le Restaurant with an outstanding menu of light and classic French cuisine.
Hotel Award Winner | 2011
Oct 18, 2014
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Sep 30, 2010
We just returned from Paris and a stay at L'Hotel. It was a wonderful experience. The staff is very nice and accommodating. They had patience with my poor command of French and didn't switch to English unless I did (always appreciated). Plus, I got sick and the staff made room for us for another night, even though they were technically booked. The public spaces are amazing. It is the place to stay on the Left Bank. The decor is quirky and exotic.
When you step into the hotel, you feel as if you've stepped back into time. The central, circular atrium is like nothing you've ever seen. Most of the chandeliers have flickering light bulbs. At night, the entire hotel seems lighted by candles. We booked a Grand Room at rack rate (not cheap). It was very large, taking up the entire front half of the hotel. Incredibly charming. The only minus is that "non-smoking" means that no one is smoking while you're in it. It did not have the scent of smoke, but it did have the scent of the room atomizer that tries to remove the scent of smoke. It wasn't a big deal, though. Lovely amenities, fabulous bath tub. Separate shower with a rain shower head. The pool and hammam in the wine cellar were fantastic, and pretty easily booked each day, even though we were there in high season. (I have never seen Paris so crowded as it was last week!) The restaurant was likewise wonderful, though the seats are terrible uncomfortable. The space is very chic. Overall, this is THE place to stay in the Left Bank. Much more chic than the Hotel Montalembert or Relais Christine.