Pershing Hall Hotel

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Pershing Hall Hotel provides a striking blend of sensory titillation. Dramatic green, red and pink lighting cloaks the walls and the smell of fresh mint and limes wafts from the cocktails. A vertical, botanical wall provides the centerpiece of the downstairs lounge - at 30 metres high and spanning two floors, it provides a dramatic setting. 

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Hotel Villa d'Estrees and Residence des Arts

Susie Hollands writing for VINGT Paris

Villa-estrees The glossy facades of Villa d'Estrees "boutique hotel" is a wrapper hiding a tacky and sub-standard offering, masquerading as a four star joint. Don't be fooled. The plush looking building and décor (rip off Jacques Garcia) will disappoint. Very well-positioned in the on a atmospheric side street rue Git-Le-Coeur near Place St-Michel a stone's throw from St Germain des Prés cannot save this disaster. 

The hotel is found just off the heavily trafficked and (heavily kebbabed) rue Saint André des Arts. The ten rooms are reasonably spacious for the area with large, comfortable beds but the level of cleanliness is worse than can be imagined. Dusty bowls of old unwrapped cotton balls are left in the bathroom, white calcaire (caused by Paris' hard water) cover the expensive black marble sinks, and a generally very uncared for and unhygenic feeling remains throughout.

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Hôtel Particulier Montmartre

Shakespeare_16 In a hyper-secret passageway in the heart of the Butte Montmartre our intrepid hotel sleuth was even flummoxed. She couldn't find it and thought it must have closed down. It's THAT Discreet. 

This hotel (in a house that once belonged to the Hermés family) features five suites (4 junior (390 euros), one deluxe) and two large bedrooms by renowned contemporary artists; owner and manager Morgane Rousseau is a well-known curator. 

In the rooms themselves we have wallpaper with plant illustrations produced from a photo by Martine Aballéa, an ingenious installation by Pierre Fichefeux which enables guests to record a message for the next guests, and a display of poems and hats by Olivier Saillard among other things.

Classic movies and art books are available to borrow from the library downstairs.

It's also possible to rent the whole hotel.  Now wouldn't that be fun.

HÔTEL PARTICULIER MONTMARTRE
23 avenue Junot
Paris
75018
01 53 41 81 40

Le Volets Bleus, Biarritz Pays Basque - Chambres d'hôte de Charme

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Not in Paris but worth the trip to the South is Les Volets Bleus, situated about 4km from Biarritz in one of the most beautiful villages of the Pays Basque, Arcangues.

Like the British concept of Bed&Breakfast, but a million miles away in terms of style and panache are French chambres d'hotes.  You are effectively staying in a private home with a few guest bedrooms and often end up being treated like a member of the family.

Ex-Parfumeur, Marie de Lapasse created this exquisitely furnished property made all the more fascinating in that it is new but was constructed entirely from demolished Basque homes, so much so that is really does seem to be an "old soul" - old timber, flagstones and materials provide the ambience.  Great comfy beds and huge bathrooms with antique marble washstands and enormous baths help one settle in immediately.

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L'Hôtel Des Académies Et Des Arts

Shakespeare_20 L'Hôtel Des Académies Et Des Arts is said to be a "Haven of artistic creation in Paris." It's design pays tribute to the life of the famous twentieth century artists who began their creations in the very neighborhood where the hotel is located.

You will notice the community of figure paintings and sculptures that inhabit the hotel, from the inside out. The figures were created by two French artists, Jérôme Mesnager and Sophie de Watrigant.

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The Select Hotel * Rive Gauche


Pamela Price writing for
I V Y Paris

Running up and down the large spiral staircase in The Select Hotel was a favorite pastime of mine when I was a child. When my father was traveling through Paris we often stayed at The Select. At the time, the hotel was more like a chic hostel than the classy joint it's become.  It's location is quite perfect, nestled in the Place de la Sorbonne, where guests can enjoy the cafes in the square and the chamber sounds from the bell tower above.

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Le Georges V Four Seasons Hotel

Shakespeare_24 Le Georges V is a fabulous art déco landmark hotel dating from 1928, just off the Champs Elysées.  This meeting place for business or perhaps pleasure is the favoured spot of well-heeled Parisiennes.  This year the christmas décor is inspired by Dan Flavin's strip lights, an inventive break from the norm.  It's no surprise because the hotel's resident Fleuriste, Jeff Leatham (voted twice best florist in Europe) is a world leader in trends and has to stay one step ahead of the game.  Originally at the Four Seasons in Beverley Hills his fans include Ungaro and Cher.........

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Hotel Lutetia

On the Left Bank close to galleries, top fashion designers and the department store Le Bon Marche. The Lutetia accommodated numerous painters and writers (Picasso, Matisse, André Gide…) as well as the not so nice Nazi high command in WWII. The 1910 Art Deco gem is still in great shape.

Hotel Lutetia
45 Blvd. Raspail
75006 Paris

Le Bellechasse

The fashion designer, Christian Lacroix, was thinking like a chef when it came to creating the up-graded Bellechasse, located in the 7th arr. He has mixed ingredients from old, new, and future interior design concepts in order to whip up a luxurious hôtel cuisine . Its character is meant to reflect the charming area it is set in, with classic architecture and modern art. It's worth stopping by to check out the eclectic drawings for the Bellechasse designs and get a taste of the unique visionary concepts of Lacroix. C'est "une voyage dans le voyage."~Christian Lacroix

Hôtel Bellechasse
8 rue de Bellechasse   
75007 Paris
Tél: 01 45 50 22 31

Murano Urban Resort

I heard rumours about bad customer service here (fancy being kept waiting in the lobby after a transatlantic flight for hours until your room is ready?) but the rooms are just divine and the bar is a lot of fun too.

Murano Urban Resort
13 Bld du Temple
75003 Paris
T: +33 01 42 71 20 00

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