The Vibe: Serene and secluded.
The Area: 13th Arrondissement. On the Left Bank, a quiet cobblestone street on the quaintly-named rue des Gobelins. The hotel is two minutes from Gobelins Métro (Line 7), which has direct links across the North-South axe of the city.
The DNA: While many Paris hotels renovators are reaching for the the tassels and velveteen in order to recreate the city’s Belle Époque golden age, Hôtel Henriette has channelled what are arguably even more stylish periods in Paris history by revisiting the unfussy lines of inter-war modernism and the post-war New Wave era’s insouciance. Designer Vanessa Scoffier has selected a range of vintage furniture and fittings mixed with classic contemporary pieces to achieve her look, which is super-cool without being unwelcomingly austere. Platner chairs, Knoll sideboards, Gauriche tables and wall lights from the 1950s appear alongside hanging lights by Thomas Eyck and Kvadrat textiles. The overall philosophy at Hôtel Henriette is pitched as a homely, liveable throwback rather than a museum piece; the lounge, for example, offers a selection of well-thumbed books to enjoy indoors or in the secluded winter garden.
Suite-Me-Up: Not unusually for Paris, rooms are fairly dinky, but the space is used judiciously and they don’t feel poky.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 32 rooms (11-23m2) (118-248 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2015 • interior design: Vanessa Scoffier ❌ no parking available • no pets allowed • 24-hour front desk