- Style Lavish Left Bank boudoir
- Setting Arty Saint-Germain
Oscar Wilde quipped his final lines at L'Hôtel, a house of old-world opulence on Paris’s Left Bank that is as much a destination stay as ever. A Michelin-starred restaurant, a private underground pool and a bar beloved by the City of Light’s cognoscenti guarantee that this hideaway is no fin de siècle relic.
Need to know
- Rooms The hotel has 20 rooms, four of which are suites. Rooms are divided into Mignon, Bijou, Chic and Grand categories. The Apartment is a large suite with its own private terrace.
- Rates Double rooms from $384.26 (€280), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
- More details Breakfast is an additional €18 a person.
- Facilities Indoor pool, spa treatments on request, steam room, library, CD/DVD library, free WiFi, laundry service. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, air-conditioning, minibar.
- Poolside Guests can book time in the lovely subterranean pool, and staff will light candles around its edge so they can bob and float in the most peaceful environment imaginable.
- Check–out Midday, though this is flexible for a fee (50 per cent of the room cost). Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Kids are welcome at L’Hôtel. Cots (€35 a night) and extra beds (€50 a night) are available, and a babysitting service is provided.
- Also The hotel is happy to accommodate small, well behaved pets.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms All 20 theatrical rooms have been individually decorated, and are inspired by a famous visitor to the hotel. We particularly love the art deco Mistinguette Room, which features the music-hall legend’s own bed and dressing table, and the Oscar Wilde Suite, where demands for payment of his hotel bill have been framed on the walls. His last words – ‘either that wallpaper goes, or I do’ – have, you’ll be glad to know, been heeded.
- Packing tips Bring a notebook in which to jot down your existential musings as you take coffee at nearby Café de Flore or Les Deux Magots.
- Also L’Hôtel wears its arty heritage on its paint-stained sleeve; original Jean Cocteau drawings hang in the lobby.
Food and drink at L'Hôtel
- Hotel restaurant Le Restaurant offers Michelin-starred seasonal French cuisine in a dark and romantic salon. Chef Philippe Bélissent prepares delights such as Lozère lamb with pumpkin, sweet chestnuts and salsify, and a marinated carpaccio of scallops with caviar for an adoring army of foodie fans. Reserve your table ahead – it's often fully booked two or three weeks in advance.
- Dress code Smart with a hint of loucheness – think taffeta dresses and your best jacket.
- Top table Ask for a table in the corner, so you can discreetly observe the comings and goings of your fellow diners. If the weather is fine, a place out on the small patio is a must.
- Last orders Dinner is served till 10pm; in the bar, drinks are poured until 1am.
- Room service Snacks and light meals are available from 7.30am to 11pm.
- Hotel bar Next to the restaurant, the hotel bar is a decadent space of leopard-print carpets, Italian marble columns, black tables, and grey velvet chairs and banquettes. Le 13s (champagne cocktails made with violet liqueur and lime) are served up throughout the evening to a laid-back jazz-lounge soundtrack.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details