Hôtel De Vendôme
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A discreet bourgeois house with bags of charm.
Rates: from €300 per night
Added extras: its seventies restaurant
Services: wifi and restaurant
Place Vendôme, a fiefdom of Parisian luxury, the bling-bling jewellery area and home to many of the city’s five-star hotels; the Ritz hotel, the Mandarin Oriental and the Hotel Costes, which is the ultimate celebrity haunt. But that’s not all – there’s one that is harder to find. Its frontage is discreet and housed in a building dating back to 1685, you’ll find a bourgeois house with bags of charm.
The lobby is all varnished wood and marble-clad and the 29 rooms and suites are just the same. Take the Deluxe suite for example, overlooking rue Saint-Honoré, it is a vision of sky blue and pale pink with a period chandelier hanging over the king-size bed, while an entirely marble bathroom is the cherry on top of this super-luxe arrangement.
Don’t miss the gourmet restaurant on the first floor. Decor is super seventies and the dishes are Breton-inspired, designed by young chef Josselin Marie. This added detail makes it a worthy competitor for the other hotel giants in this glittering area.