Offering Pierre Marcolini chocolates and Hermès toiletries (as well as Hermès-designed suites) are just some of the little perks proffered by this compact boutique hotel between the Tuileries gardens and the Louvre. A friendly welcome, cozy spots for a relaxing drink, and interiors designed for utmost ease after a day of sightseeing strike just the right homey chord.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no coffee or tea-making facilities in the room, but complimentary hot drinks are served all day in the lobby or mezzanine lounge.
A sleek, contemporary atmosphere prevails, in creamy neutrals accented with vibrant colors in design furnishings and original artworks. Lingerie queen Chantal Thomass (whose boutique is a minute away) decorated the magnificently whimsical Cabaret suite in tribute to the Moulin Rouge, while her Opéra suite brings out your inner ballerina. Hermès designed the handsome Confidential suites with chairs in their famous top-stitched saddle leather.
Upper floor with balconies cost not much more and are worth it for the views to the Tuileries and 17th-century Saint-Roch church.
Bright modern baths are a nice size, and range from pleasant neutrals to more colorful—or black—tiles, some with both a tub and walk-in shower and all with luxurious Hermès toiletries.
The hotel's elegant reception area leads to a cozy mezzanine lounge and honor bar designed to resemble an upscale library.
A full buffet breakfast, with healthy hot and cold selections, including cheese, meats, eggs, gluten-free breads and pastry, is served in a bright and contemporary vaulted cellar.
Book online for a free breakfast and save 20 euros.
A few minutes from the Tuileries metro station, servicing line no. 1, Paris's fastest central line. For shoppers, nearby Rue St-Honoré pretty much has you covered. Between haute heavyweights, like Hermès, Chanel and McQueen, you'll find tons of small French gems you won't find elsewhere: i.e., Goossens jewelry (CoCo Chanel's original costume jewelry maker) and fabulous Vebreuil bags. Culture lovers never fear: the Louvre and the Musée des Art Décoratifs are a 5-minute walk away, as are the beautiful Palais Royal and Tuileries gardens. In short, you're in the thick of the action.
If you feel like a classic Parisian lunch or teatime, two historic tea salons (both now chains)—Angelina, renowned for its velvety chocolat chaud and sinful pastries, and the original Ladurée, a gilded jewel box on nearby rue Royale—are a quick walk from the hotel. For a more contemporary experience, and some of the most outstanding pastries in Paris, Jean-Paul Hévin's chocolate boutique and tearoom (231 rue Saint-Honoré), and an outpost of superstar pâtissier Pierre Hermé (4 rue Cambon), are just minutes away.
Some excellent wine bars within a few-minutes walk include Les Juveniles—an expat hotspot—featuring small producer wines and top-value gourmet menus at lunch and dinner. Verjus Bar à Vins, below its gastronomic restaurant, parallel to the Palais Royal gardens on rue de Montpensier, serves a small but choice selection of wine and gourmet tapas. For a classy cocktail, pop into Le Meurice's atmospheric Bar 228 piano bar or the legendary Hemingway Bar at the Ritz—both helmed by a famous Parisian barman. They'll set you back a bit, but it doesn't get more Parisian than this.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Small, chic and refined, with service that makes guests feel right at home, set the Pradey apart. But its most obvious advantage is a location in the heart of Paris within easy walking distance of enough monuments and shopping to keep you busy for weeks.