CHECK IT OUT LE ROCH HOTEL & SPA, PARIS
One of the smartest pieds-a-terre in Paris, newly opened six months ago with interiors by local designer of the moment Sarah Lavoine, has added an elegant day spa to its chic line-up.
With only 37 guestrooms, a restaurant headed by an up-and-coming chef and stellar location in the city’s elegant 1st arrondissement, an easy walk from the Louvre and Tuileries Garden, Le Roch Hotel & Spa is housed in a classic former public building cleverly adapted by award-winning architect Vincent Bastie.
Lavoine’s interiors are modern but cosy and feature solid walnut floorboards, jewel-like pastels on walls and chairs and bespoke furniture, some made by the designer.
The new Design Hotels member styles itself as a home away from home with book-lined shelves and squishy sofas by the fire and, because this is a Parisian hotel, services include a personal shopper. The day spa features an indoor, naturally lit pool with swim-through hammam; cult Parisian brand Codage has designed the treatment menu.
Guestrooms are petite with the entry level Cosy Room measuring 20sq m, but all the little luxuries are here, from smartly dressed bed and flat-screen TV to music streaming, free Wi-Fi and in-room tablet.
Bathrooms feature handmade Moroccan tiles, suites have large marble bathtubs, plus four have an ensuite hammam.
The entire sixth floor, including the premier suite with terrace, can be block-booked to provide the ultimate Paris apartment.
DON’T MISS: A private tour of the nearby Louvre. The Localers outfit offers an excellent threehour, no-queues excursion of the vast museum led by an art historian.
Book a 5pm tour on Wednesday or Friday when crowds are thinner. More: localers.com. DINING IN: Two Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Faye designs the menus and chef Remy Bererd delivers the refined dishes in the elegant in-house restaurant and courtyard garden.
Try the pan-fried scallops with leeks and candied lemon; venison haunch with bacon, potatoes and cocoa; or sirloin steak with winter vegetable and hazelnuts.
DINING OUT: The hotel’s head concierge Benjamin Camus Durand (the youngest Clefs d’Or concierge in the world) recommends Daroco, “an Italian restaurant located in the old famous shop of Jean Paul Gautier, Racines 2 serving creative and refined plates in a cosy atmosphere” and Cafe des Abattoirs, one of the best addresses located near the hotel, at the start of Place du Marche Saint Honore.
ASK THE CONCIERGE: Benjamin says he loves the Palais Royal so relax in that famous garden or find a cafe under the arcades and be sure to drop by Galerie Vivienne, one of the oldest covered passages in Paris and home to luxury boutiques.
CHECKING IN: From €350 ($492). More: designhotels.com.
ALSO TRY: Amastan, Le Pigalle and L’Hotel (all in Paris); Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, Monaco.