Oui Paris

Posted on: September 12th, 2017 by Carrie Young No Comments
So you’re planning a vacation to Paris, and are looking for somewhere nice to stay. Those recently renovated historic 5-stars? Maybe not this time. Say you’re looking for something a bit more intimate and perhaps a bit more modern. So what’s a glam gal or guy to do? Consider instead a series of relatively new boutique hotels popping up around The City of Light. Take Maison Albar Hotel Paris Céline, for example, which opened earlier this year. This hotel stands out for its stylish but modern decor inspired by the Art Deco movement of the 1920s. Its cuisine is also top-notch- chef Yannick Lahopgnou trained under three-Michelin-star chef Yannick Alléno at his restaurant Le Meurice. And thanks in part to its relatively small size, the menu can change every day. Then there’s the Hôtel Providence with its highly memorable decor and relaxed, cozy vibes. Rooms are often appointed with gorgeous wall coverings. Think palm frond and gold leaf wallpaper, and in one instance, an oriental rug motif. Then there’s Grand Pigalle Hôtel and Hotel Vernet.

But perhaps the best example is Le Roch Hotel & Spa. Located in Place Vendôme and opened just this year, Le Roch is a harbinger of this fairly new string of properties that are doing it just right: offering the feeling of a fabulous pied-à-terre rather than just a room, the feeling of luxury without gilding the lily. As the phrase boutique hotel suggests, Le Roch itself isn’t that big. Inside, it feels like a converted apartment building- deeper than it is wide. On the ground floor, there’s a stylish lobby with a lounge, bar, and a two-wing restaurant that serves up three meals a day with such memorable dishes as la planche sea bass with nectarines and almonds and black mullet with passion fruit. Come for the food, but linger to appreciate the decor. Dark jewel-tone velvet fabrics complement marble tabletops; richly hued orchids dot the space, as do striking gold light fixtures and dramatic printed textiles. These chi-chi modern boutique hotels deliver a clean, modern, sumptuous and cozy Parisian experience. And are the city’s best kept secret.

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