There are countless beautiful places in the world, but only one can proudly say it was the world's first boutique hotel and that is none other than the superb L'Hôtel in Paris, the capital of love. One of the city's smallest five star hotels is also among its most discreet, a secret hideaway that hosted many celebrities over the past two centuries, from Oscar Wilde to David Bowie. Despite its huge popularity, L' Hotel has managed to flow under the radar and still remains a well-kept secret on the Left Bank.
In-demand designer Jacques Garcia has turned what was Oscar Wilde's last home into the quintessential Parisian stay - private, romantic, bohemian and stunningly fashionable. All effort is being put into offering guests that much sought-after intimacy they need and the luxury they deserve.
Nestled in St Germain-des-Pres, which has long been the heart of the bohemian style set since the 1960s, L'Hôtel has just 20 bedrooms (and a rather fabulous apartment), all of which have been individually created to offer the perfect chic French stay. The area is buzzing with bookstores, design shops, museums, churches, high-end art galleries, boutique hotels, historic cafés and restaurants, so it is truly impossible to find oneself bored.
One you step inside L'Hôtel your eyes will be drawn to the iconic spiral staircase leading to six floors of opulent, individually designed luxury bedrooms and suites, each a sanctuary with lavish fabrics, original works of art, and indulgent bathrooms. With flock wallpaper, generous interiors and impeccable details, you won’t ever want to venture out.
One of the most exclusive places to eat in Paris, Le Restaurant has the feel of a Victorian tropical garden. It offers a light, seasonal menu that’s full of classically French flavours. Continuing Le Restaurant’s Michelin-starred legacy, Chef Gregory Réjou never ceases to amaze his guests, so expect the unexpected.
Pop into Le Bar, all velvet sofas and marble pillars, for an aperitif that comes with a side order of discreet glamour. Because of the hotel’s privacy, it’s favourite for celebrities and hip Parisians.
Take afternoon tea in the hideaway courtyard and try delicate sandwiches, French pastries and scones with a range of famous Japanese Lupicia teas or enjoy a lunch in the privacy of your own terrace with a beautiful view over the city.
13 rue des Beaux-Arts
Paris - France
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