If you'd like a nice dose of luxury with your boutique hotel, look no further. For a small (37-room) lodging, Le Roch packs in pretty much every indulgence you'd expect from a five-star hotel: upscale dining, a spa and pool, and beautiful spacious rooms designed by Sarah Lavoine, a sought-after Paris designer. On a pretty street in the heart of Paris, the location puts you within walking distance of A-list shopping and sights.
Lavoine makes excellent use of light, color, and chic contemporary touches to make these airy spaces feel like the Paris apartment of your dreams. Rooms are bright and spacious—or at least feel that way—with huge windows and mirrors to amplify the space, luxe materials—velvet, walnut floors and pocket doors—glossy furniture, original artworks, all in white with jewel-toned accents or beautiful saturated colors. Suites have terraces with pretty potted plants.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Some muffled street sounds can be heard on lower floors street side, but upper floor and courtyard-facing rooms are silent.
Spotless-white metro-tiled baths have either a spacious walk-in shower or a bath with hand shower, up-to-the-minute fixtures and all the amenities. Bath products are by the luxury French perfumer Fragonard.
Rue Saint-Honoré is one of Paris's three top shopping areas (the others are the Marais and the Golden Triangle), with enough designer booty to keep you busy for days.
The stylish lounge is set up like a cozy living room, with artworks, a library, and fireplace and breakfast-dining room that opens onto a courtyard open in warm weather.
One of the highlights of the hotel, this spiffy daylit pool is perfect for laps and cleverly opens straight onto the steam room--just swim right in!
The basement spa offers a range of massages and treatments by Codage, a Paris institution.
The small mirrored fitness room has enough basic equipment for a decent workout.
Expect total elegance at the hotel's fashionably dusky restaurant (also the breakfast room) offers three meals a day, with a menu designed by two-Michelin-star chef Arnaud Faye (and implemented by Remy Bererd), which excels in fresh, local and vegetarian cuisine. Outdoor seating in warm weather is a bonus.
The hotel is a few minutes walk to the Pyramides metro and Palais Royal-Musée de Louvre stops, which get you pretty much anywhere. Upscale territory indeed, but still cool enough not to qualify as stuffy, case in point... you're a few minutes walk from Paris's oh-so-cool Colette concept store and all the chic shopping on the rue Saint-Honoré. Almost equidistant from the Palais Royal, Opéra Garnier and the Tuileries, this is an exceptionally convenient neighborhood to visit tons of Paris's top sites and museums--on foot!
Juveniles is our favorite Paris restaurant-wine bar, bar none. The prix-fixe lunch is one of Paris's best-kept secrets. Verjus, and its wine bar just down from the restaurant, are a good choice for fresh market-driven cuisine and English (the chef is American).
Verjus Wine Bar is a tiny place, with stools only, but good wine choices. Also, there's Hemingway Bar at the Ritz--need we say more? It's the Ritz! It's fancy and has excellent cocktails.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Every inch of this elegant hotel exudes style, but without the attitude that sometimes comes with. As chic as it is, you'll feel totally at home, but with enough extra pampering to make every minute of your stay a sheer delight.