Built for the Marquis de Sers, with a horse-drawn-carriage entrance, inner courtyard, expansive salons, and a monumental staircase, this beautiful structure was transformed into a hotel in 1935. Renovated in a bold modern style with hints of traditional aesthetics, Hôtel de Sers is a magnet for the trendier set who appreciate all the 21st-century amenities fit for a modern king and queen.
Eiffel Tower views from this hotel are a big plus, but views over the 18th-century church and courtyard are also lovely and serene—but for the chiming of church bells.
This is the rare Parisian hotel where all the rooms are spacious, compared with the city standard, and pleasingly proportioned, with sophisticated color schemes that evoke calm and plenty of style. Rooms with a balcony (or two) can be found on the inner courtyard or streetside (Eiffel Tower views), and some rooms have luminous atrium-like extensions.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Though this is a five-star hotel, they do not have coffee-making facilities. However, complimentary coffee and tea are available in the lounge.
Contemporary marble baths are spacious and very well-equipped, with huge showers and ample baths, luxury bath products, and extra-fluffy towels.
The lobby possesses all the elegance of a prestige hotel in a melange of modern luxe and references of the hotel's 19th-century pedigree in gilt-framed oil portraits. Lounge areas conjure a Parisian living room, but the bar is the real draw for hanging out.
Massages are available in-room, though you can book the small basement steam room for no extra charge.
The mini fitness room offers just the basics to get the blood moving before a nice steam in the hammam.
An à la carte breakfast with plenty of hot and cold choices is served in the restaurant or the leafy garden patio under a retractable roof that's open in warm weather. The well-regarded Restaurant de Sers serves a modern gastronomic menu at lunch and dinner that is creative, seasonal, and particularly sensitive to vegetarians. The Sunday brunch is a lively affair and the only meal served in the restaurant on Sunday.
Adjoining the restaurant, the contemporary bar and lounge is stylishly clad in blond wood with comfy seating arrangements for settling in for a cocktail and finger food. We find no good reason for the ever-changing colored lighting behind the bar mirror, but guests don't seem to mind.
For high-end shopping you've hit the jackpot, as the hotel is minutes from Paris's famous Golden Triangle, formed by haute shopping streets Avenues Montaigne, George V, and Champs-Élysées. Here you'll find all the big names—Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Hermès, Aläia, and on and on... For a curated selection of the top designers, head over to Montaigne Market concept store. Yummy.
5-10-minute walk to George V metro station, serving line no. 1, Paris's central line. You can also get several buses on Avenue George V, a minute away.
Set on a quiet street between the Champs-Élysées and Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, not far from the Élysée Palace, the president of France's residence, this is an upscale, mostly residential neighborhood, home to many of the city's best hotels and within walking distance to some major tourist sights, including the Arc de Triomphe and the wonderful Musée Jacquemart-André (with its famous tearoom), as well as loads of high-end shopping. Though you may feel a bit off the beaten path, the hotel is close to public transport that takes you pretty much anywhere in Paris quickly.
Many, if not most, of Paris's great gastronomic restaurants are within a 5-15-minute walk of the hotel (many in other hotels), including Le George (at the Four Seasons George V), La Scène (at Prince des Galles), Alain Ducasse (at the Plaza Athénée), and their wonderful Art Deco bistro Le Relais Plaza, with Wednesday jazz nights, and Epicure (at Le Bristol), to name a few. If these are beyond your budget—and for most mortals, they are—three-star chef Eric Frechon of the Bristol designed the menus at both Mini Palais (10-minute walk) and Drugstore Publicis (10-minute walk) and both bistros' late-night hours and outdoor terraces make them neighborhood favorites.
In this pricey neighborhood, picking out a café that appeals to you and settling in for a glass of wine to watch the world go by is not a bad option. But if it's a little nightlife and a good cocktail you're after there are a slew of elegant hotel bars to explore. We love the gorgeous bar at La Réserve and Les Heures at the Prince des Galles (both within a 10-minute walk). Mini Palais, at the Grand Palais, is also a great place for a cocktail, especially out on the terrace in warm weather, and they stay open till 2 a.m.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A smallish 5-star hotel, the Sers cultivates a certain intimacy that guests appreciate, along with most of the other perks of a proper luxury hotel, including exemplary service. There are plenty of benefits to outweigh the lack of a spa, including voluminous rooms and some partial Eiffel Tower views.