Why we love it: Philippe Starck design and a Mediterranean eatery are shaking up a sweet, sleepy Parisian neighborhood
- Soaking on a terrace with Eiffel Tower views
- Décor influences ranging from Dada to Bauhaus
- A buzzy restaurant inspired by the Chef’s Algerian-French roots
The review: Set in The City of Light’s bourgeois 16th district, this modern luxury hotel opened in 2018, stirring things up with a destination restaurant and a scene set by Philippe Starck that’s both stunning and whimsical — the French designer’s signature style. He brought his genius to this 1970s postal sorting center, transforming the space with elements from Art Deco, modernism, Bauhaus, Dada and even Surrealism. It sounds chaotic, but Starck’s innovative eye pulls it all together, as does the palette of warm colors and textured materials like wood, concrete, glass, metal and marble.
The 59 rooms feature 14-foot-high ceilings soaring over retro leather couches and brightly beaded Moroccan stools with curtains capable of blacking out the giant steel-framed windows. Feeling indulgent? Go for one of the seven suites with terraces unfurling 180-degree views of the city’s rooftops and spires! Some even gaze out at the Eiffel Tower and all are equipped with either a Jacuzzi or Norwegian wood hot tub.
Guests can also access a library, bijou concept store, a sports club, swimming pools and the KOS Paris spa suite, featuring products scented with verbena, amber, green tea and spicy vanilla. And, of course, the Brach restaurant is the crowning glory, amenity-wise. This chic spot adorns its waitstaff in Le Coq Sportif uniforms and serves Mediterranean-inspired cuisine masterminded by Executive Chef Adam Bentalha, who grew up in Algeria and France. His menu ranges from hummus with sumac to saffron arancini starring bluefin tuna and young lamb shoulder confit with za’atar sauce.