Hôtel Da Vinci & Spa
What We Love
- Fabulous location on the Left Bank, across the Seine from the Louvre
- A mosaic tile relaxation pool with aquamassage and chromotherapy
- The bountiful breakfast buffet is available until 11:30 a.m.; a continental option is served throughout the day for late risers
- Serve yourself a drink at the Da Vinci Café evening honesty bar
What To Know
- A hotel with history: The Mona Lisa was hidden here for three nights in 1911 after it had been stolen from the Louvre
- A welcoming family-run retreat
- There's no restaurant, but the café serves breakfast (on the patio in the summer months), afternoon tea and evening drinks, and a gourmet room service menu is available
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Across the Seine from the Louvre, Hotel Da Vinci’s discrete façade blends in perfectly with the surrounding Rive Gauche art galleries, while its cozy lobby resembles the salon of an elegant Paris mansion. Italian interior designer Luana Bellusci has woven the theme of Da Vinci, the Mona Lisa and the Renaissance throughout the hotel (the man who stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911 stayed here for three nights, hiding the world’s most prized painting). Murano glass lamps and mirrors, and sumptuous frescoes feature in the public spaces, and the café takes inspiration from Venice’s Caffè Florian.
Bed and Bath
The 24 guestrooms fall into several categories, from the cozy Inspiration Rooms and the plush Invention Rooms, which overlook Saint-Germain, to the larger Renaissance Rooms, which come with a private balcony. You’ll find wonderful attention to detail everywhere, from satin cushions and antique telephones to dazzling murals and stylish lanterns. The bathrooms are minimalist but functional, with rainfall showers, towel heaters and chic toiletries supplied by Florentine fashion designer Roberto Cavalli.
Life at the hotel revolves around the fashionable Café Da Vinci (and its patio in the warmer months), from the delicious breakfast of cheeses, charcuterie and fresh croissants direct from an artisanal boulanger, to afternoon tea, which features irresistible chocolate cakes and early evening cocktails. There’s a gourmet room service menu (foie gras and fruit chutney, salmon with butternut quinoa, even Petrossian caviar), but bear in mind these goodies are prepared outside the hotel and can take 30 to 45 minutes to arrive. The underground relaxation pool is not to be missed, and you can also arrange massage and beauty treatments on-site.
In the Area
Walk toward the Boulevard Saint-Germain and join Le Tout Paris in sipping a Kir Royal at either Café de Flore or its timeless rival, Les Deux Magots. In the other direction lie chic art galleries and designer boutiques until you reach the Seine, where the quay is lined with bouquinistes, a goldmine of antiquarian books and posters. Cross over the City of Light’s most romantic bridge, the Pont des Arts, and you arrive at the Louvre.
How to Get There
Beautiful hotel. The room was really nice, with a balcony. Staff were very helpful. They have this pool/spa room which you can reserve for an hour at a time. Quite an interesting idea. Of course lots of good restaurants and cafes nearby.
We booked two rooms for this hotel — ‘Invention’ room and a superior room with a balcony. The check-in process at the hotel was a little bit unsatisfactory. We had just arrived in an Uber after coming to Paris on a 3 hour train ride from Geneva. The check-in process was slow — my main issue was that three other parties came in while I was in the middle of checking-in and the hostess immediately tended to their needs, interrupting getting us checked-in, while we just stood there, after several hours of traveling. I was in need of using the washroom so did not appreciate that wait. They had complimentary water and bread available which was a nice perk. As previously mentioned, we had booked two rooms. The ‘nicer’ of the two rooms, which was also priced about €50/night higher than the invention room was OK but very small. The room advertised a balcony but there was absolutely no view. I was a little annoyed that this was a bit of a selling point when it was not a nice balcony. In fact we all found that the cheaper room was nicer, with a view out the window and a bit bigger. The hotel provided a complimentary bottle of champagne for each room which was very nice, and appreciated by the ladies in my party. Our rooms came with breakfast included. The breakfast was nice. Fruit, breads, egg, sausage. Nothing too over the top but it was good. The hotel has a very nice atmosphere. Definitely a boutique feeling. The location is very excellent and one of the reasons I chose the hotel. Close access to the Louvre, in particular. The staff was very friendly. They had complimentary umbrellas available for use which we did use as we experienced some rain on the trip. They have a bar which they call an “honesty” bar meaning you can take what you’d like to take and you write down what you took and they bill it to the room invoice. I liked this service as it was always accessible. The ladies in my group did not understand the bar system at first and helped themselves to drinks without writing it down. I did make that right, however, by submitting a list of their drinks on the paper, to ensure we were billed. Overall a nice stay, aside from the slow check-in and the balcony room being small and with a bad view. If anything, it’s my opinion that the hotel should really specify that the room has no view, even thought it has a balcony, and it should probably be the same price as the other rooms. Perhaps it would be advantageous to have the balcony if a cigarette smoker but as we don’t smoke it was not something nice to have. The WiFi connection was quite slow, and the worst connection out of the 4 hotels we stayed at in Europe this trip. I would probably stay at a different hotel on a future visit to Paris but there is a chance I might return. The staff at the hotel, including those working at the breakfast, were all very nice and friendly.
This was our third and wonderful stay at the Da Vinci hotel, and it was as good as always. It's a gorgeous bijou hotel in a townhouse on the left bank, each room decorated with Leonardo da Vinci replica paintings behind the bed. Aptly named because the Mona Lisa was once stolen and hidden in the attic before it became a hotel. It's in a brilliant location on the left bank, with views of The Louvre at the top of the street and the Boulevard St Germain down the other end, surrounded by lovely shops and restaurants in neighbouring streets. There's a welcoming cosy reception with open fire resembling a gentleman's living room or study, and a lovely little pool/spa in the basement with changing coloured lights in the water (you have to book time slot as it can only can take a couple at a time, and they have swimsuits if you forget your own). Breakfast is served opposite the reception in a quaint little parlour with white clothed tables for two and an honesty bar. We had rooms 303 and 301.The pretty standard rooms have rather small en-suite shower rooms, and overlook the quiet street with full sound insulation from double glazed french windows. Best for a single traveller or weekend couple, despite the two wardrobes and dressing table, there is no room for a big suitcase, but that is typical of Paris hotels. Luxury rooms are larger and face the inner courtyard with larger bathrooms and twin beds if required, some with small balcony. There is also a lift to all bedrooms. The staff couldn't be more helpful - from restaurant bookings or fixing light bulbs, they were so welcoming and always a friendly smile. Particular mention goes to Raffaela on front desk for all her suggestions and help each day. I stupidly left my valuables behind in the room safe, and she posted them straight away. Recommended for friendliness, style and location, a real gem.