Housed in a 300-year-old building with stone and brick walls, this dazzling boutique hotel keeps to a rigorously modern style inside, with custom leather beds. The free breakfast is deluxe.
Rooms facing the inner courtyard are super quiet. The suites are huge and in a different league. Try to upgrade.
Simple and chic. The rooms have exposed stone walls, reading lamps on articulated arms, big TVs, embroidered robes, speaker docs for iPhones, Nespresso machines and modern desks. Some suites have spas, fireplaces that burn real wood, Murphy beds, kitchenettes and an interior spiral staircase up to the second floor.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The cow-hide rugs in some of the suites may offend some guests.
Sexy slate bathrooms with stainless steel sinks provide the wow factor--as do the monogrammed robes. Some suites have glassed-in showers, three-head shower jets, soaker tubs with therapy jets and antique law-foot tubs.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The pedestal sinks in the Standard Rooms offer little counter space. Floors don’t heat up, sadly.
In the European tradition, the lobby is intimate (i.e. small) but full of character. There is a stone wall behind the reception desk, which glows from inside, like a pearl.
For only $3 per person, turn your free breakfast into room service. The breakfast is opulent, with fluffy pastries, cheese, yogurt, hot and cold eggs, breads and designer coffees. You can nibble your toast and sip your O.J. in the magical courtyard during the summer season. Restaurant Toast! is a culinary gem with a courtyard.
In Lower Town, the hotel is in a prime location for vacationers, near galleries and boutiques. The staff will help you get to the nearby parking lot and give you an electronic key card to get in and out. Getting to Upper Town requires a bit of a climb or take the eco-bus.
Stay put and eat in the hotel’s restaurant, at Restaurant Toast! (0-minute walk). They serve excellent foie gras, served many ways. Order it seared with pork belly as an appetizer. Ask for a seat on the terrace.
Head over to Café-Bar Artéfact (5-minute walk) in the Auberge St. Antoine for live jazz and martinis on the weekends.
WHY WE LIKE IT
What a quaint approach! The hotel is on a pedestrian street that could be in Paris. See the flower boxes and ivy? We love the architectural authenticity, as well as the mod-cons, such as the elevator, iPhone docking stations and oversized flat screen TVs. Breakfast is included, which is a nice perk, as is the free WiFi, not to mention the spacious bathrooms in the suites.