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Hotel Highlights

  • The brasserie and Michelin-starred restaurant
  • Colourful, flamboyant decor
  • Plum Parisian location, in the seventh arrondissement

Overview

Eating comes first at Paris’ Hôtel Thoumieux, an intimate, 10-room hotel in the seventh arrondissement with big design and even bigger gourmet cachet. Home to a renowned Michelin-starred restaurant where diners DIY with the menu, this bolthole's flavour isn’t consigned to the kitchen; designer India Mahdavi spiced up the interiors with leopard-print rugs and modern furniture in eye-popping colours.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Hôtel Thoumieux with us:

A half-bottle of champagne, and a box of fresh seasonal fruit or home-made cake

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

14, including one suite.

Check–out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $250.61 (€191), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.30 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Full American breakfast is an extra €20.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, iPad, Aesop bath products and minibar.

Our favourite rooms

We couldn’t help but fall for room 16. Yes, it’s the biggest and most expensive, but we love its floral-patterned wallpaper and curtains, its lofty perch and resultant sense of privacy, and the round wall lights that resemble gold-rimmed speakers. Room 2 is close to reception and the bar, so can be a little noisy.

Packing tips

Waking up with a hangover in such visually loud surroundings can be challenging: delicate types might appreciate sunglasses (and/or aspirin).

Children

Little ones are welcome. The hotel can provide cribs for under-threes, but not extra beds. Interconnecting rooms can be arranged for older kids. Babysitting can be arranged with 24-hours’ notice (€15 an hour).

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There are two: Brasserie Thoumieux, which you walk through to get to the hotel, and, upstairs, the Michelin-starred Jean-François Piège – a favourite with the critics, so you're best making dinner reservations when you book your stay. Here, diners design their menu DIY-style, selecting six of the freshest daily ingredients for the chef to work with. The brasserie is as you’d expect: dark green-and-red complexion, long, narrow dining room, banquette seating, mirrored walls, brass fittings and classic French fare – foie gras, paella, entrecote de bœuf and the ilk.

Hotel Bar

Upstairs in a little room close to the restaurant, the light, bright, white bar is designed with intimate post-dinner brandies in mind. Faux leopard skins and low marble tables dot the small space, and a marble-topped bar takes centre stage.

Last orders

The restaurant stops serving food at 10pm.

Room service

Items from the brasserie menu can be ordered to your room between 7am and midnight.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Let the walls, floors and furnishings hog the prints, and stick to classic pieces in monochrome and neutrals. Jil Sander, Calvin Klein and Cos will deliver the sleek simplicity required.

Top table

You’ll be so grateful to have nabbed a table (seats get booked up around three weeks in advance), you’re unlikely to be fussy. That said, corner tables offer the most privacy.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Rodin used to stay in the grand Hôtel Biron on Rue de Varenne. Before he died, he bequeathed all his sculptures to the building; today it’s an impressive museum dedicated to the artist (www.musee-rodin.fr). Feast your eyes on beauty at the Musée d’Orsay, whose Seine-side collections span paintings, objets d’art, photography, architecture, graphic arts; with works from 1848–1914 (www.musee-orsay.fr). Walk to the Eiffel Tower, and shoot up in the lift so you can see all of Paris spread before you like an architectural picnic. The best local shopping is to be had in the Rue Cler area. Pick up stinky cheeses from Fromagerie Barthélémy (+33 (0)1 45 48 56 75) at 51 rue de Grenelle. Cheese-master and owner Roland will guide you through seasonal selections – you’ll be able to out-cheese dinner party guests and fellow enthusiasts. Browse the boutiques along the seventh arrondissement, pausing in Comptoir des Cotonniers (www.comptoirdescotonniers.com) for ladies’ fashion, and Bonton (www.bonton.fr) for baby clothes you’ll wish you could wear.

Local restaurants

Chez l’Ami Jean (+33 (0)1 47 05 98 50) on Rue Molar is a boisterous Basque restaurant with zero pretension and an exceptional chef. Book at least a week in advance, and be sure to try the daily special and the memorable rice pudding. Les Cocettes (+33 (0)1 45 55 15 05; www.maisonconstant.com), tucked under the Eiffel Tower, offers elegant food (pumpkin soup, scrambled eggs with truffles, Chantilly and caramel waffles) cooked by Christian Constant. Take home some of the Staub oven dishes that star in the show (they’re the cocettes). Start as you mean to go on, with a breakfast at Chocolat et… at La Motte-Picquet. Pick a cosy corner by the mirrored walls, and enjoy the lively bistro atmosphere and local crowd. Pasco (http://restaurantpasco.com; +33 (0)1 44 18 33 26) is a shot of the French countryside in Paris: exposed beams, colourful linens, warm lighting and food that manages to be both hearty and elegant (the country ham starter is a case in point).

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Seventh heaven

Hôtel Thoumieux

79 Rue St Dominique, 75007, Paris, Ile-de-France, France

The hotel is set in the central seventh arrondissement, on the Left Bank. The Quai d’Orsay and Esplanade des Invalides are a short walk away.

Planes

Paris Charles de Gaulle (www.charlesdegaulleairport.co.uk) and Orly (www.orlyairport.co.uk) airports are 30km from the hotel.

Trains

Saint Lazare station is 5km away, with services connecting to Deauville.

Automobiles

Leave your car behind if you can – driving in Paris is challenging. The hotel has valet parking, should wheels be a necessity.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr & Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this boutique hotel in Paris, and as soon as they've unpacked their Merci and Comptoir des Cotonniers finds, a full account of their French luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hôtel Thoumieux in Paris… Small doesn’t have to mean low impact. Take fireworks fo…
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Hôtel Thoumieux

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Mr & Mrs Smith have just returned from a stay at this boutique hotel in Paris, and as soon as they've unpacked their Merci and Comptoir des Cotonniers finds, a full account of their French luxury city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Hôtel Thoumieux in Paris…

Small doesn’t have to mean low impact. Take fireworks for example, butterflies, radishes, or Hôtel Thoumieux, which packs a bigger visual punch with just 14 rooms than lesser hotels twice its size. Interior designer India Mahdavi is to thank for that. Her client list reads like a filmstar’s calendar: Bungalow 8, Givenchy, Condesa DF, John Frieda Salon, On Rivington, Townhouse Hotel, and so on. In this cultured patch of Paris, in this little hotel, Mahdavi has lavished walls with printed wallpaper, sofas and floors with leopard-print rugs, and spread colour throughout.

If India Mahdavi provides the style, the two restaurants provide the substance. You’d be forgiven for forgetting this is even a hotel for a moment, given the quality of food the kitchen turns out. First off, there’s the low-key brasserie, all dark and moody reds and greens, mirrored walls and gleaming brass; manned by a clutch of handsome waiters. The stakes are raised upstairs in the Michelin-starred restaurant, where each diner’s meal is different, thanks to a put-it-together-yourself menu. Like your meals, you can craft your own adventures here: the seventh arrondissement and all of Paris beckons…
 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Hôtel Thoumieux from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The interiors were fabulous, very Parisian.

Don’t expect

The WiFi was intermittent, and the hotel staff were begrudging when we asked them to sort it out.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved absolutely everything about Hôtel Thoumieux. It's chic but not at all snooty. The place is beautifully designed, and the rooms are gorgeous and smell amazing thanks to their lovely scented candles. I was in Paris to run in a half marathon so it was important to me that the room was comfortable and quiet, and I wasn't disappointed. The Aesop toiletries in the bathrooms were a big plus as well! The staff was extremely helpful. And, it's in a great location! I'm ruined for Paris now – I could never stay anywhere else!

Don’t expect

Literally the only thing I can think of that could be better is tea as well as coffee in the rooms, but I'm sure they would have bought me some if I'd asked.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooms were interesting and the design quite unique. Bed was so comfortable!

Don’t expect

I wish we could have had a proper shower.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the very charming art deco surroundings and the extremely helpful and friendly staff members.

Don’t expect

The narrow stairways make it difficult carrying suitcases up and down but this is a minor drawback.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

A great hotel and great service. A perfect location.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We just loved this hotel. From the very French feel to the spacious (for Paris) rooms, it was just lovely. Our room was luxurios but comfortable with a gorgeous bath. We had breakfast in the hotel each day because it was fantastic. From the yummy pastries to the fresh orange juice, it was all served with style and elegance. The soft green-and-yellow colour scheme made for a relaxing setting before walking the streets of Paris or catching the metro. We also found the location to be perfect: close to the river, a park and the metro. Everything was accessible.

Rating: 10/10 stars