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Hôtel des Grands Boulevards

17 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002 Paris, France
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Hôtel des Grands Boulevards

Why we love it: Cult designer Dorothée Meilichzon delivers another stunning experience, this time in Paris’s 2nd Arrondissement


- A retractable glass ceiling crowns the Grand Restaurant in the courtyard

- Cocktail culture that updates Versailles pomp to the 21st-century in a 12-seat bar celebrating Marie-Antoinette’s eccentric love of seashells

- Set in up-and-coming Sentier-Arts et Métiers and a one-minute walk from Grands Boulevards metro station, serving two lines

The review: Set down a mellow alley in the starting-to-trend 2nd Arrondissement, this four-star sanctuary marries 18th-century splendor with cutting-edge design and elevated country aesthetics. The property curls around a hidden courtyard, but also surprises guest with its expansive offerings, including a bar, restaurant and hip rooftop space.

This chic and harmonious 50-room establishment was designed by France’s Dorothée Meilichzon, who garnered a cult following thanks to her work at the Covent Garden’s Henrietta Hotel, as well as Paris’s Grand Pigalle (all three properties are owned by the Experimental Cocktail Club). She drew upon the site’s history as a formal garden, mixing in trellises, statues, fountains, greenhouses and herringbone terracotta tiles baked in southern Italian oven. That vibe continues in the rooms, which boast brass accents, plastered walls and wool carpets patterned after ones in the Château de Versailles. The hotel also adds in elegant details like the coral marble made popular by Louis XVI furniture and canopy beds handcrafted in Brittany adorned with vintage linens. Expect contemporary touches like Revo radios and VoIP phones for free calls, alongside elements like the olivewood stools repurposed as bedside tables. As always, she relies on her signature jewel tones and extensive use of mirrors to make the rooms really pop. Some rooms include private patios, while others have lovingly restored hand-hewn beams and classic wood shutters. Either way, guests win on the charm front!

The sweetly sherbet-hued bathrooms feature nostalgic fixtures and pristine white tiles. Expect a cosmopolitan mix of groovy organic products, including Paris’s Codage, London’s Ren and Stockholm’s Sachajuan — unless you care to order a complete set from one particular line, something the hotel is happy to help with.