This cozy, contemporary haven within walking distance from the Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mars, Invalides, and the wonderful Rue Cler market street, is a comfortable base for exploring Paris. Besides the hotel's ideal location in a fashionable residential district, an accommodating and attentive staff stands out, providing service with a smile whether at the front desk or in the minimalist bar and salon.
For the duration of your booking, the hotel offers complimentary use of a smartphone, with free calls to the US and in France.
Each quiet room has crisp, milk-white–and-cream damask upholstery punctuated with a burst of lipstick red. Modern furnishings and original artworks make for a clean, fresh look that feels upscale but without pretension. Standard rooms are on the small side, but large windows—some with small balconies—and lots of light give them a more spacious feel.
Top-floor rooms have excellent views, some of the Eiffel Tower. If you're in Paris in warm weather and you're willing to spend just a bit more, it's worth it to check into the Executive suite with a terrace.
Nice-sized bathrooms are spotless and totally contemporary and you'll love the Hermès bath products.
A small reception area opens onto a handsome, spacious lobby with plenty of plush seating to enjoy a complementary espresso offered through the day and a book from the hotel library.
YOU SHOULD KNOW This is a quiet neighborhood at night but it is also very secure, being close to many French government buildings.
A bountiful continental breakfast is supplemented with quality choices, like cheese, charcuterie, and smoked salmon.
The hotel's small honor bar has something for everyone offered throughout the day.
Two minutes to the Ecole-Militaire metro station and a 10-minute walk to RER C at Invalides, which takes you direct to Versailles. The upscale 7th arrondissement has its own unique character, a mix of elegant limestone residences and stately old mansions that now house the French government, as well as some of Paris's more well known sites: the Eiffel Tower, Champs de Mars, Invalides and the lovely Musée Rodin and its gardens. Though you're away from the crowds of central Paris, this is a touristed area, but its residential status also assures plenty of affordable cafés and restaurants—especially on lively rue Cler (a must-see in the area)—as well as some fine shopping, especially at Le Bon Marché, a 15-minute walk away.
The neighborhood offers two excellent choices for a thoroughly romantic dining experience at lunch or dinner: You can follow Emmanuelle and Brigitte at Le Jules Verne, star chef Alain Ducasse's Eiffel Tower aerie; or, on a more intimate note, elegant La Table d'Aki, with just 16 seats, serves superb gastronomic menu of refined, Japanese-inflected dishes.
This is not a big neighborhood known for its bars, but at the Hôtel Cinq-Codet's chic hidden courtyard restaurant and cocktail bar (2-minute walk), you can enjoy a well-crafted pour on any night of the week until midnight. Café Bar Club Tourville, just down the street is a convivial spot if you feel like a nightcap before calling it a day.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Not only is this chic, well-located boutique hotel a good value in the upscale 7th, it's also an exemplary hotel for pretty much everything else, including views. What it lacks in luxury amenities, like a gym and spa, it more than makes up for in comfort and service.