This classy addition to the Parisian five-star scene is our newest favorite black-book address. So nice—and at the crossroads of Paris's hippest hoods—we're tempted to keep it all to ourselves.
If you're looking for a superchic lodging within walking distance of the Marais, Bastille, Canal St-Martin, and the hip 11th arrondisement, look no further.
Rooms flaunt a luxe, 50s-era Mad Men glamour and a rare attention to detail in glossy hand-crafted wood or transparent glass armoires, smashing custom furniture in velvet or faux reptile, chic lighting, and Pierre Frey wallpapers and textiles. About a quarter of the rooms have balconies or skylights, and these we especially covet. Families or groups of up to eight can rent their own private garden house, with three bedrooms and a private terrace.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no fabulous views, but the garden courtyard and Rue Bréguet views are charming enough, and a few top floor rooms can spot the Bastille's gilded "genie de la liberté," the hotel's chosen mascot.
Elegant chevron-marble baths sport top-of-the line gilded Italian fixtures, a shower or bath, and separate toilets with sinks in larger rooms, Maison Margiela bath products and fluffy robes and slippers.
After the reception area and boutique—where you can purchase some very spiffy things, from yummy soft pj's to a globe of iridescent butterflies—the restaurant and terrace are the place to lounge.
A sleekly beautiful spa area contains a sauna, hammam, and a tiny pool, but not so tiny that you can't get your mini-laps in.
There are no treatment rooms, but you can book a massage in your room.
The tiny fitness room offers the four requisite fitness machines, one of each, that is.
Chef David Lanher presides over a posh art-filled dining room, with a range of plush velvet or leather seating to suit the see-and-be-seen crowd as well as those looking for a more romantic nook, or out on the fresh garden terrace with a vegetal wall. A concise seasonal menu of bistro classics changes daily with the best of the day's market produce.
The rounded bar is open daily for an apéro, cocktail, or pretty much your heart's desire. The hotel plans to invite live musicians, but that will be more of an impromptu nature for the moment.
A five-minute walk to the Bastille and Chemin Vert metro stations; two minutes to the Bréguet-Sabin metro station.
Just enough off the beaten path to be blessedly quiet and out of the Marais throng, but close enough to the happening neighborhoods to walk right into the action. Just as perfectly situated for kamikaze shopping and museum missions in the Marais, as for forays into the lively Bastille, shopping and dining on the Rue de Charonne (one of our favorite streets), or more of the same by the tree-lined Canal St-Martin.
Carnavores will love the newest addition to the Marais dining scene; fresh off Carbón's busy grill comes rib-eye steak for two, lamb shoulder, whole Landes hen, and other fleshy delights. For a delicious healthy lunch, stop in at Merci, Paris's top concept store and a place you're headed anyway, for one of the city's best vegetarian lunches (both about a 10-minute walk).
If you're dining at Carbón, you'll have the choice of the chic upstairs bar for a cocktail or apéro, or Mina, an atmospheric vaulted bar in the restaurant's cellar, serving up some extraordinarily intricate and evocative drinks. At Candelaria you can nibble some pretty wonderful Mexican food and sip an even better cocktail (10-minute walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
It's new, we know, and it does need a trial period, be we can't help but be captivated by this jewel of a hotel. We stake our bets on a long and fruitful success.