In Paris, a crop of 19th-century mansions have been converted Hotels are on-trend, their pied-à-terre vibe a boon for travelers who crave luxury accommodations without crowds, elevators, or wait times to speak to staff. The intimacy of these bijoux hotels is one attraction: most have fewer than 20 rooms. Just as enticing is the charm that feels so Parisian: interiors with original hardwood and marble floors, 10-foot ceilings brimming with life with decorative moldings, grand spiral staircases, and the all-important ivy-drenched courtyard—all things that charm. with what publishers like. call a “sense of place”. These six properties offer upscale amenities and a style that inspires vacationers to feel more like valued guests than paying customers.
Inside the Triangle d’Or (arguably the most elegant district in Paris bordered by avenue Montaigne, avenue George V, and rue François 1er), this iconic building has been restored to its Belle Époque glory and then some. Maurice Villeroy, a member of the family that founded the fine porcelain company Villeroy & Boch, built the mansion in 1907 to wow neighbors like the Baron de Dampierre and the Countess of Talleyrand-Périgord. Historic elements remain intact, from the neoclassical carved stone façade to the grand marble staircase with a gilded wrought-iron railing and the oak floors of the Bois de Tronçais (eco-managed since 1670 under Louis XIV).
But the rooms (there are only 11 of them) are decked out with 21st-century comforts: custom furnishings by Promemoria, fireplaces carved from a single block of Calacatta Lincoln marble, Italian Rivolta Carmignani linens, and dazzling alabaster and rock crystal lighting. from Alain Ellouz Workshop.
Downstairs, the elegant Trente-Trois restaurant is run by Michelin-starred chef Sébastien Sanjou, presenting dishes like Pyrenean lamb with purple artichokes served on Jaune de Chrome porcelain plates.
The Reserve Paris
When Michel Reybier took over the large mansion built in 1854 by Napoleon III’s half-brother, the Duc de Morny, he commissioned jacques garcia to reimagine interiors and a new generation of Second Empire-inspired opulence was born. Behind the ruby-red doors, the cordovan leather paneling, gilt rococo reliefs, Versailles parquet, and layers of silks, taffetas, and velvets are nothing short of aristo-fabulous. The drama continues upstairs. The 40 spacious rooms (26 are suites) are equally sumptuous, with Quagliotti bedding, separate robes for bathing (fluffy) and lounging (brushed cotton), and spacious marble bathrooms with heated floors. Given the glitz quotient, the overall vibe manages to feel laid-back, though it’s certainly not the place to flaunt athleisure.