What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best for Romance
- Spacious rooms with designer pieces by Hermès, Philippe Starck and Verner Panton
- Top location in the heart of the Marais, close to shops, bars and restaurants
- Breakfast in bed is served all day
- In-room massages, hair and beauty treatments and personal trainers are available
What To Know
- All rooms are individually designed and feature Nespresso coffee machines and free WiFi
- A discreet hideaway with just eight rooms
- There's no restaurant, but breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails are served daily, and you're within strolling distance of excellent restaurants
- It's a 15-minute walk to the Louvre
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Room Service
In a five-story mansion dating from the 17th century, Hotel Dupond-Smith is a gorgeous eight-room getaway in the heart of the Marais. Designed by French creative duo Anne Peyroux and Emmanuèle Thisy, it’s a high-design hideaway (wall coverings by Hermès, armchairs by Philippe Starck) with the secretive atmosphere of a members’ club. The rooms reference famous aliases and pseudonyms, with names like Monsieur Mojo Risin, John Doe and Alan Smithee.
Bed and Bath
All the guestrooms are individually designed, but they fall into three categories: Alias, Incognito and Intuitu. Alan Smithee and Joseph L’Estrange (Alias Rooms) are the smallest, but they’re large by Paris standards (194 to 248 square feet), and they feature designer decor including wall coverings by Casamance Cartaya and Guggen chairs by André Kikoski. The Clara Gazul room (Incognito) is tucked under the eaves and has the look of an attic apartment, with varnished wood beams and cage lighting. Splurge on an Intuitu suite and you’ll bed down with big name design pieces, like Verner Panton chairs and lamps, silk wall coverings by Hermès and sculpture-like coffee tables by Moebius. All bathrooms are stocked with luxe products by Diptyque, and some come with petite balconies.
You’re encouraged to hide out in your room; breakfast in bed is served all day long, and the hotel can arrange in-room massages, hair and beauty treatments and personal trainers. There’s no restaurant, but the lobby bar (which has six Chartwell armchairs by Conran) serves afternoon tea and cocktails. It’s easy to stay put in your room thanks to handy amenities including Nespresso coffee machines, U.S. and U.K. power adapters, iPod docking stations, free WiFi and flat-screen TVs (plus kitchenettes in the suites). When you’re ready to venture outside, the Louvre is a 15-minute walk away.
In the Area
Head out to explore the charming historic neighborhood of the Marais, one of the most beloved by Parisians. In one direction you have the Place des Vosges, around which are supremely wonderful restaurants like the three-Michelin-star L’Ambroisie, the cozy wine bistro Ma Bourgogne, cafés like the venerable Carette’s and the newer Café Pouchkine, as well as cult tea salons such as the nearby Thé Marriage Fréres. There’s also a medley of perfume shops, including Diptyque, all along Rue des Francs Bourgeois. The Marais is also known for its bars and boisterous gay hangouts. Wandering in the other direction you’ll find the iconic modern art museum the Centre Georges Pompidou, crowned by Restaurant Georges, which offers rooftop diners a panoramic view of the city. In the Les Halles quartier are the famous jazz clubs, like Duc des Lombards and Baiser Salé, as well as bistros, crêperies and funky boutiques.
How to Get There
A truly lovely hotel - a central
location near quirky shops and bars and restaurants and walking distance to many sites.
Laurent and his small team couldn’t do enough to help and were chatty and lovely and generous throughout - and we had fun practising our limited French. We had room 40 which had a small balcony and was quiet with luxury bathroom shower and lovely bed. The breakfast was wonderful with fresh pastries and coffee and cereals and cake and yogurts all taken downstairs.
I recommend this very small hotel if you want a designer led interior, a discreet and warm friendly service and a Marais location. We loved it.
Just had the most lovely stay at Hotel Dupond-Smith. The hotel is wonderful and is situated on a really cute street in Marais. The staff were great, the room was really lovely and well designed with a super comfy bed.Would highly recommend and can't wait to go back !!
We stayed for 5 days in one of the Alias room (Alan Smithee). Overall, the hotel is staffed by a small team of wonderful people who are totally focused on you having a great stay and making sure your visit to Paris is ideal. They are happy to provide help and advice. The check in was easy and efficient and we were shown to our room. The room is small but reasonably sized for the price and for Paris. The room was exceptionally comfortable with a giant bathroom. The Heat and AC worked perfectly during the entire stay. The bed was super comfortable. There is limited space to hang and store close and limited seating beyond the bed and one seat at the desk. In room, there is a Nespresso that made mornings very easy. Our room included breakfast - a simple array of pastries, yogurt, cereal, and beverages.
Friendly staff, prime location and comfortable rooms. While it's expensive, you get a reasonable size room for the money compared to others in the area. Some things could be improved on (one more chair, a setup so the shower doesn't get the whole bathroom wet). They also need a buzzer or way so you can let yourself into the front door. I'd highly recommend this for what will feel like staying your a petite apartment in the center of the Marais.
Ultra modern, small with a very helpful staff. Breakfast was a bit limited considering the cost, but the lovely room helped make up for it. We really liked being able to walk around the local area as well as many other places in Paris not too very far away.
My family of four stayed at Le DuPond-Smith for a week over Thanksgiving break. The hotel is tucked away in a quiet corner of Le Marais and is a welcome respite from the day’s activities. We had two rooms on the first floor and both were impeccably clean, and impossibly chic! The staff are unobtrusive and helpful, with amazing suggestions on places to eat, boutiques to pop into and areas to explore, all of which Le Marais has in spades. Silvio and Laurent were the managers on duty through our stay and both were kind, attentive and helpful.
If you’re looking for a Parisian experience far from the madding crowds, this is the place and the neighbourhood to be in.