This petite boutique hotel, located in a luxurious corner of the 8th arrondissement, is made up of 12 generously proportioned luxury suites, and offers a taste of opulent Parisian apartment living. The contemporary Italian restaurant Tosca is exceptionally good and service is low-key and attentive.
Located on a quiet street of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré with designer flagships (Hermès, Chanel, Dior) right on the doorstep, and Mr Macron’s residence, the Elysée Palace, just next door. The hotel is well placed for exploring the historic splendour of the Right Bank: the Grand Palais and Champs-Elysées are less than ten minutes’ walk away; and the Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens are less than fifteen minutes away by foot. Métro: Miromesnil (Lines 9 and 13).
Style & character
The look is classic French opulence, with rooms made for sashaying à la Coco Chanel. On the ground floor, a small lounge features polished marble floor, a marble fireplace and tastefully flash décor, including plush Second Empire style chairs and marble busts – plus oil paintings, planted orchids and coffee table books to finish.
The restaurant Tosca, also located on the ground floor, is all grand Italian kitsch: think mirrored walls and plush banquette, with a muted brown zebra pattern on the chairs and tasteful low lighting via gold wall-mounted lanterns. The decadent stylings continue into rooms, where luxurious thick-pile carpet combines with elegant wall mouldings and gold-framed oil paintings.
Service & facilities
There is one person on reception at any time and the service is low-key and attentive. Guests also have use of butler service as standard. The staff in the Tosca hotel are excellent – knowledgeable about the food, warm, friendly and super efficient. There is no gym or spa. Instead, guests may organise personal training, yoga classes and in-room spa treatments using the hotel’s partners.
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The property comprises 12 suites across six floors. Two suites can also be combined for families and large groups, who wish to have their own floor. Rooms are bright and airy thanks to floor-to-ceiling French windows. Décor is light and bright too, with off-white walls, white bedding, plush beige carpets and soft furnishings, all offset with touches of gold on the furnishings and picture frames.
Furniture and walls feature Second Empire-style moulding and the grand look is completed by ornamental vases and antique books. The king-sized beds are made up with luxury French linen and are dangerously comfortable (serious warning – I overslept two hours), and soundproofing is effective. All rooms have a kitchenette, tucked in a cupboard, with tea- and coffee-making facilities, sink and microwave. The minibar offers a range of high-quality, if eye-wateringly expensive spirits and wines (€18/£16 for a double measure of gin).
Each suite has its own dressing room area complete with Elizabeth Taylor-worthy vanity table. Bathrooms are decked out in gleaming beige-toned marble and feature very powerful rain showers and deep bathtubs in all but two suites (Junior Suite Parisienne). Fluffy robes, slippers and Lorenzo Villoresi products are provided.
Suites feature two large wall-mounted televisions in the living space and bedroom, which are set up with international news channels, plus BBC and ITV. Rooms on the third level feature narrow balconies with elegant ivy-draped iron railings, with larger balconies on the fifth level. All rooms have views over pretty Rue du Cirque.
Food & drink
The in-house Italian restaurant Tosca, presided over by Michelino Gioia, serves modern Italian cuisine done to perfection. A range of exquisite antipasti, pasta dishes and main dishes are on offer. Flavours are expertly combined in the mackerel and raspberry vinegar starter, as well as the delicious pasta entrées: think burrata, fresh tomato and raw shrimp, or veal ravioli with mushroom cream and raw cocoa. The sea bass main, served with braised chicory, was also done to perfection.
Dishes are accompanied by delicious fresh Italian breads and Puglia olive oil. The desserts don’t disappoint either: the hazelnut mousse with lemon coeur fondant is impossible not to finish and the in-house ice cream is light and subtly flavoured – the almond is particularly tasty. The service is excellent and the waiters are happy to advise on food and wine orders. Head waiter Francesco was particularly charming and ran a perfectly timed service.
For breakfast, which is included in the nightly rate, guests may order from an à la carte continental menu, which can be taken in-room or in the restaurant. The coffee is particularly good.
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