The Vibe: The style of the hotel blends Belle Epoque Paris – think marble surfaces and suites named after Hemingway and Josephine Baker – with contemporary touches such as abstract art, jagged geometric lines and dazzling mirrored surfaces.
The Area: 1st Arrondissement, on the Avenue de l’Opéra, between the Louvre and Palais Garnier opera house. It’s on a busy road, but sound-proofing is excellent and there is almost no discernible street noise inside the building.
The DNA: A swanky yet subdued sparkly gem of mirrors, polished brass fixtures, opulent fabrics, and petrol blue hues, the Nolinski fuses Gulf-style luxury with Parisian scale and a twinkle of Art Deco. Features like a magnificent green Carrara marble reception counter, celestial cloud frescoes swirling up through the six-storey staircase, and bolts of unexpected colour on each floor, bring a stylish kooky edge. Serving bistronomie cuisine, the brasserie Réjane has a futuristic garden patio theme helmed by a white-leaf tree and opens onto the bustling avenue. More intimate, the salon behind the restaurant is a retreat of cushy Danish 50s-inspired armchairs and velvet banquettes against artfully hand-painted silver walls. In the basement, the candle-lit spa by La Colline draws guests into an otherworldly ambience. Dark and restful, the pool, a cool slab of still water, reflects in the mirrored ceiling while a backlit panel evokes swaying tree tops.
Suite-Me-Up: Just as warm and inviting, the guestrooms come with snug fabrics and hand-woven rugs, while tailor-made curved varnish wood wardrobes and brass flower-stand side tables contribute to the homely feel. And bringing new meaning to the ‘boutique’ hotel, guests can buy most items.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: room (21-32m2) (226-344 sq ft) & suites (31-54m2) (334-581 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2016 • interior design: Jean-Louis Deniot • parking possible at a location nearby (charged) ✅ pet friendly, no charges • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible