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5 High-Style Paris Hotels
  • L’Hôtel

    L’Hôtel

  • L’Hôtel

    L’Hôtel

  • Le Pavillon des Lettres

    Le Pavillon des Lettres

  • Hôtel Thoumieux

    Jean-François Piège Restaurant

  • Hôtel Thoumieux

    Hôtel Thoumieux

  • Hidden Hôtel

    Hidden Hôtel

  • Hôtel des Académies et des Arts

    Hôtel des Académies et des Arts

  • Hôtel des Académies et des Arts

    Hôtel des Académies et des Arts

October, 2013

When the menswear mavens over at oki-ni decided to put together their Paris City Guide, they called on some of the leading names in fashion, art and retail. Naturally, we were happy to do our part by picking five of our favorite high-style Paris hotels, each geared toward a different personality, from the bibliophile to the art enthusiast.

1.

L’Hôtel
For the eclectic — Each of Jacques Garcia’s twenty rooms employs a distinct style at this Saint-Germain hotel, so there’s more than a little something for everyone — the Barroco room, done in Italian Baroque style; the Pagode, with its antique Japanese theme; the Léopard, swimming in leopard-print fabrics; and even a partial reconstruction of Oscar Wilde’s London dining room, featuring framed letters from the staff urging him to settle his hotel bill.
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2.

Le Pavillon des Lettres
For the bibliophile — Set just off the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, this literary-themed boutique hotel has twenty-six rooms, one for every letter of the alphabet. Each room is inspired by a well-known author, from Hans Christian Andersen to Zola, though the allusions are tastefully subtle, with passages penciled on a wall or etched into a shower’s glass door.
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3.

Hôtel Thoumieux
For the epicure — With its wildly bold, print-happy interiors by India Mahdavi, Hôtel Thoumieux has been an instant fashion-world favorite, and an especially hot ticket during fashion week. What really sets it over the top, however, is the modern gastro-brasserie helmed by Jean-François Piège. For a particularly elevated culinary experience, try to score a reservation for the chef’s tasting menu, served in Piège’s personally curated library.
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4.

Hidden Hôtel
For the introvert — Tucked away behind a weathered wood façade, right around the way from the Arc de Triomphe, Hidden Hôtel keeps an unusually low profile. Interiors are done in unfinished wood and stone, while gauzy earth-toned muslin softens things up. In fact the tactile sense is key here, with flax sheets and natural handmade mattresses causing sleep to come easy.
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5.

Hôtel des Académies et des Arts
For the art enthusiast — The location alone puts anyone with an artistic bent in good company. Modigliani’s studio was on this street, and the likes of Paul Gauguin and Alberto Giacometti studied across the way at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Not that the hotel is stuck in its neighborhood’s past. The hoteliers gave the street artist Jérôme Mesnager carte blanche to liven up the walls, and an in-house screening room shows contemporary artists’ video installations.
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