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Hôtel Madame Rêve
Hôtel Madame Rêve opened at the end of last year and has already established itself as the place to see and be seen. Housed in a 19th-century post office building on Rue du Louvre, there are 82 rooms and suites offering views of the Eiffel Tower and Notre-Dame, as well as two restaurants and a rooftop terrace. The interiors are seriously slick – expect warm décor with oak furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows and modern decorative accents.
Rooms from £330 per night.
Cheval Blanc Paris
In the La Samaritaine building, overlooking the Seine and the Eiffel Tower, this hotel is in a great location. The listed property has been remodelled by architect Edouard François – think Parisian-inspired sculptures and marble flooring throughout. There are 72 rooms and suites, four restaurants (Plénitude is headed up by Michelin starred chef Arnaud Donckele) and a rooftop bar with views of the city skyline. The best part? The wellness floor with a Dior spa where you can book bespoke treatments to try out some of the brand’s best products.
Rooms from £950 per night.
Hotel du Sentier
Hotel du Sentier is a mixture of old and new. In the stylish Sentier area, which is known for its cool bars and art-deco buildings, this one gives you options – including spacious rooms filled with light from beautiful original arched windows, and larger suites with small living areas and outdoor terraces. The interiors are simple yet chic, with dashes of pink and green throughout, while the relaxed bistro has an elegant feel. The original Frenchie restaurant is just a short walk away, as is Gros, another good bistro.
Rooms from £200 per night.
Airelles Château de Versailles
For something a little further afield, this opulent hotel is set within the grounds of Versailles, offering an experience like no other. Four years in the making, the ultra-luxe boutique hotel features 14 rooms and suites, an Alain Ducasse restaurant, Valmont spa and 15m indoor pool. The hotel is spread across a trio of buildings all designed in 1681 by Louis XIV’s favourite architect, with rooms featuring original wood panelling, 18th-century chandeliers and flooring restored by some of France’s most talented artisans. To replicate the Versailles vibes, all technology has been carefully tucked away (telephones are hidden and rooms don’t have TVs). Guests also have exclusive access to the palace itself and its sprawling gardens.
Rooms from £1,450 per night.
Soho House Paris
Soho House recently opened its first Paris outpost. It’s only open to members as yet – but the 19th-century apartment building in Pigalle has been carefully restored with a mixture of traditional French design and Soho House’s signature flair. There are 36 rooms – we have our eye on the Attic rooms which have great city views – and you’ll also find a cabaret room for live music, a courtyard, a Club Room and a heated outdoor pool on site.
Prices available on request.
Bulgari Hôtel Paris
On Avenue George V, in the middle of Paris’ golden triangle, this hotel is the seventh addition to Bulgari’s collection of properties around the world. Renowned Parisian architects Valode & Pistre (who also redesigned Gare du Nord) have designed an impressive 76-room hotel with views of the Eiffel Tower. The hotel also has a fine dining Italian restaurant, as well as a luxury spa with a 25m pool, and a spacious courtyard garden where you can enjoy coffees and pastries in the morning. For special occasions, guests can book the penthouse suite with a private rooftop terrace and beautiful city views.
Rooms from £1,110 per night.
Here, Some Of The SL Team Share Their Favourite Hotels…
Fashion & Creative Director, Lu Hough, says: “My favourite place to stay is the Hotel Des Grande Boulevards. It’s by the group behind the Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden. The interiors are incredible, it has a really cool restaurant, a rooftop and a very Wes Anderson vibe. It feels like a destination in itself rather than just somewhere to sleep for the night.”
Deputy Editor, Charlotte Collins, says: “Hôtel National Des Arts et Métiers is a little gem between Le Marais and everything the first arrondissement has to offer. I’ve stayed there four times – it’s great in the summer when they open the rooftop terrace, which has panoramic views of the city.”
Senior Fashion & Shopping Editor, Elaine Lloyd-Jones, says: “Le Meurice is a historic hotel in the middle of the city. The breakfast room is so OTT but totally beautiful – think oil paintings and crystal chandeliers.”
Group Sub-Editor & Features Editor, Harriet Russell, says: "For something more affordable, but still chic, you can't beat the convenience of Hotel Verneuil in Saint Germain. The interiors are a minimalist's dream – and take it on good authority that they do a great breakfast."
Junior Writer, Sherri Andrew, says: “Mama Shelter hotels are always fun, so if you’re after a cool spot for a weekend with the girls, Mama Shelter Paris East has everything you need, including a rooftop bar, video booths for retro-style snaps and Instagrammable bedrooms.”
RESTAURANTS & BARS
Tom Mayer was Anne-Sophie Pic’s sous chef at her three Michelin-starred restaurant – until he opened his own restaurant last month. The zero-waste and zero-plastic Granite has already received rave reviews thanks to its elegant five and seven-course tasting menus which showcase the very best of French produce. Menu highlights include squash and acacia seed mousse; charcoal-cooked scallop with smoked turnips and beurre blanc dill; and pigeon green curry with kaffir lime.
La Plage Parisienne by Les Costes
With some of the most stylish interiors on this list, La Plage Parisienne is a product of the Beaumarly group, which also owns some of Paris’ most famous spots, including Café Beaubourg, Hôtel Amour and Brasserie Thoumieux. Martin Brudnizki is behind the interiors – the striking red and pink dining room overlooks the beautiful Mirabeau bridge. Here, diners can choose from dishes like red tuna carpaccio with sesame seeds, sea bream ceviche with yuzu, and crab linguine.
Bibo by Dani García at Maison Delano Paris
After opening Bibo at Mondrian London Shoreditch last year, three Michelin-starred Spanish chef Dani García will open Bibo at the new Maison Delano Paris hotel in the coming months. In the prestigious 8th arrondissement, occupying an 18th-century mansion on Rue d’Anjou, the restaurant will serve elegant and modern Andalusian dishe, like pulled oxtail ravioli with mashed potatoes and mushrooms, deep fried marinated seabass, and whole lobster paella.
Jean Imbert au Plaza Athénée at Le Relais Plaza
Le Relais Plaza has been one of Paris’s most lavish spots for nearly a century. Now, celebrity chef Jean Imbert is gearing up to open an ambitious eatery overlooking the courtyard garden, once home to Alain Ducasse’s celebrated restaurant. The new dining room revolves around a grand marble table, where diners will be treated to classic French dishes. The menu remains tightly under wraps until opening, but we’re expecting good things.
Akira Back At Prince de Galles Hotel
Akira Back will open his namesake restaurant in Paris this spring. Back’s first European outpost will see his signature pan-Asian fusion dishes served inside the Prince de Galles hotel, a beautiful art-deco building. The interiors aim to transports diners to a stylish Japanese home, with dim lighting and contemporary design. Signature dishes include ‘Show Me The Roll’ featuring shrimp tempura, salmon belly aburi, spicy tuna and chipotle mayo; octopus crudo with onion salsa and olive oil; and marinated beef tacos.
Here Are Some Of The SL Team’s All-Time Favourite Restaurants & Bars…
SheerLuxe Founder & Editor, Georgie Coleridge-Cole, says: "While you can't deny a weekend away in Paris is lovely - there's something really indulgent about just going for the day. For me, it starts with a picnic breakfast on the train, a quick gallery visit or walk along the river, lunch at L'Avenue (a bit of a cliché but it always brings the glamour) and a mooch around the shops. That's all it needs - short, sweet and a real treat."
Lu Hough says: “For brunch, I always head to Café Charlot, a traditional Parisian café in trendy Le Marais. We always sit outside (under heaters in the winter) with wine and frites, and watch the world go by. For great vegetarian food, Pink Mamma does really good Italian food, while Malro serves delicious Mediterranean dishes."
Charlotte Collins says: “The first place I always visit is Les Philosophes in Le Marais. It’s the best place for people watching over a bowl of French onion soup. Plus, if you’re after something a bit glam in the evening, Balagan is a cool Israeli restaurant in the middle of the city.”
Sherri Andrew says: “For classic French food served in a beautiful dining room, Au Pied de Cochon is a legendary Parisian brasserie. From escargot and cuisses de grenouilles to french onion soup, plates are generous and feature lashings of butter. The crème brûlée is delicious too. I also recently went to Lavomatic, a really cool bar hidden behind a launderette shop front!”
ART & CULTURE
Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition Takeover
From now until Sunday 15th May, the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation is showing exhibitions at several museums and galleries across Paris, including the Louvre, Pompidou Centre, Museum of Modern Art, Musée d’Orsay, Picasso Museum and Yves Saint Laurent Museum. Celebrating YLS’s life and works, each museum is focusing on a different theme to pay tribute to the designer. For example, the Louvre will highlight his love of gold, while The Picasso Museum will look at the artist’s influence on the designer. Don’t miss the exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art which documents YSL’s use of colour.
Paris Art Fair
From 7th to 10th April, Paris Art Fair will bring together 150 galleries at the Grand Palais Ephémère (the pop-up version of The Grand Palais). This year, the two themes are ‘Natural Histories’ and ‘Art & Environment’, with modern and contemporary art from established and up-and-coming artists and designers on display. Whether you want to discover new names or look for unique pieces for your home, we’re expecting good things.
Grand Palais Éphémère, 2 Place Joffre, 75007
Momix: Alice, Down The Rabbit Hole at The Folies Bergère
International dance collective Momix are performing at The Folies Bergère from Thursday 24th March to Sunday 10th April. Alice, Down The Rabbit Hole is a ballet inspired by Lewis Caroll’s seminal work. Audience members will be able to discover Wonderland through inventive choreography, acrobatics and illusionism. To show Alice’s body growing, shrinking and growing again, dancers will extend themselves with props, ropes, and other bodies.
32 Rue Richer, 75009
One Orchids Show at Jardin des Plantes
Now until Thursday 21st March, Jardin des Plantes is hosting the One Orchids Show. The Botanical Garden has over 1,000 unique orchids on show, arranged in natural settings throughout the garden’s greenhouses. This year, four French orchids producers – Ryanne Orchidée, Vacherot & Lecoufle, Orchidium and Cour des Orchidées – have put the display together, which includes several rare varieties from Africa and Asia.
57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris