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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
They offer spacious hotel rooms by Paris standards and the location is excellent! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this place to a friend.
However, there really isn’t anything that would necessarily bring me back to this specific hotel.
Spent 3 nights here and the location is convenient to everything. We used Google Maps and had no difficulty navigating our way around and we walked almost everywhere. The room was well appointed and the staff was super helpful. We will definitely stay here again when we return to Paris.
Great room, comfortable beds, nice bathroom, super noisy if you leave your window open. Be careful as incessant trash trucks passing by and making so much noise in the morning. Hotel is very, very small but well decorated. Breakfast was really disappointing because the lady at the front desk was also serving breakfast and although we paid for the full option breakfast she only offered us some cold items on the menu, probably because she was pressed for time. But we then noticed people next to us ordered all these things, including hot options, she hadn’t told us about. Such bad service and dishonest! I left my medicine in the bedroom and called to pick it up next morning. She informed me they had thrown it out. The gentleman at the front desk the afternoon we arrived, the gentleman at the front desk was very nice and helpful.