- Style Handsome prints
- Setting Seventh heaven
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.
Need to know
- Rooms 14, including one suite.
- Rates Double rooms from $257.29 (€187), excluding tax at 7 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.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, iPad, Aesop bath products and minibar.
Children Little ones are welcome. The hotel can provide cots 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).
In the know
- 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).
Food and drink at Hôtel Thoumieux
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.