This hidden 19th-century mansion, bejewelled with a beautiful walled garden in hilltop Montmartre, is the last word in Parisian chic. Suites are spacious and eclectic, and the fashionable cocktail bar and restaurant, with dreamy summer seating, is in the little black book of every Parisian A-lister.
Hidden from the outside world, down an enchanting old-world alley in the fabled artist quartier of Montmartre. Look for the unmarked black gate at No. 23, ring the buzzer to enter, and head for the second door on the left (the first leads to an exclusive pétanque court open to hotel guests). All the big-hitter sights of Montmartre – the Sacre Coeur, Musée de Montmartre (where Renoir had an art studio) and the Clos de Montmartre vineyards – are an easy walk away. Lamarck Caulaincourt (line 12) is the closest metro.
Style & character
Intimate, clandestine and deliciously private. This is that secret pied à terre in Paris you always fantasised about. Ground-floor lounges exude an exclusive gentlemen’s club ambiance with dim lighting, heavy red-velvet drapes and opulent drawing-room furnishings – if you wince at hunter trophies, skip the Petit Salon. The 1871 mansion was previously home to members of the Hermès and Rothschild families, and the house has lost none of its bourgeois-home charm.
Service & facilities
Attentive and personal. Staff are always on call and if you fancy a coffee or Mariage Fréres tea brought to your room, just ask. Without a doubt, the big draws are the lush walled-garden with ample space for lounging around beneath trees, and the neigbouring pétanque court. Additional services on request: valet parking, limousines, laundry service, massages, beauty treatments and yoga lessons.
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Five spacious suites differ dramatically in mood and décor, and I do suggest a peek at the website before reserving to ensure the right one for you. Poèmes et Chapeaux (Poems and Hats) is modern with – yes – hats for lampshades and Oliver Saillar poems strung around the monochrome space. Végétale is gorgeously green with pink floral wallpaper, cream furniture and Venetian bathroom mirrors found in Normandy flea markets by owner and passionate collector Oscar Comtet. Deluxe suite Rideau de Cheveau (Hair Curtain) is a vast taupe loft with chandelier lighting, a Napoleon III bathtub, rowing machine and artist-studio skylight to admire the Eiffel Tower at night. Niggles? Bathrooms lack dressing gowns and doors really could do with soundproofing to avoid hearing other guests on the landing.
Food & drink
Breakfast, €20 (£15.75) for continental or €25 (£19.50) with eggs and bacon, is bliss in summer when it’s served in the paradisiac garden – the honey comes from Montmartre bees. Wednesday to Sunday evening, French cuisine with world-food influences by chef Thibaut Spiwack lures a hip Parisian set to hotel restaurant Le Mandragore (€58-€72 [£45-£56] for three or five-course tasting menu); weekend brunch is a sell-out rendering advance reservations vital. The real darling with Parisian fashionistas is Le Très Particulier, the back-door cocktail bar with tasty tapas, tropical Garden of Eden décor and a bewitching summer garden. DJs spin sets from 10pm most weekends.
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