Located within a 17th century hôtel particulier, this luxury boutique hotel is within the sought-after Marais neighbourhood. Passers-by may not notice the hotel at first glance - Hôtel Dupond-Smith prides itself on its discretion, as it is akin to a code, a password to the lap of luxury, which conceals a haven of peace and quiet carefully shielded from prying eyes. The hotel is located a few minutes walk from the Île de la Cité, Notre-Dame, Hotel de Ville, Picasso Museum and Centre Georges Pompidou. The Louvre is a 15-minutes walk.
The Dupond-Smith is a hotel of many atmospheres. Although the décor does not necessarily follow a unity of period or colour scheme, there is a harmony of taste quintessentially French. Interiors feature contemporary chairs by Neri & Hu for De La Espada and lighting by Luca Nichetto for Foscarini, along with classic tables by Pierre Paulin and lamps by Verner Panton.
Rooms and suites are named with the aliases of noted historical figures, Monsieur Mojo Rising, for example, boasts white marble interiors that resemble sheet music - a nod to its namesake, Jim Morrison. The John Doe suite, on the other hand, fuses 1950s minimalism with modern elegance. Guest room facilities as air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a minibar, safe, telephone, an iPod docking station, electric kettle and a coffee machine. Private bathroom have a bath or rain shower and a hairdryer. The rooms Joseph L’Estrange and Lord R’Hoone, and the Saint Léger Léger suite offer balconies overlooking the rooftops and hotel courtyard.
As there is not much communal space, only a bar and lounge, the emphasis is on in-suite and in-room service, perfectly fitting the discreetness of this place.
• 5 rooms, 3 suites
• Hotel opened: July 2014
• Interiors: Anne Peyroux, Emmanuèle Thisy