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
This was our second visit at the Hotel Dupond Smith - and they easily maintained their outstanding level of service, convenience, and enjoyment of stay. Betty was our Concierge upon arrival and the next day, and she achieved miracles on our behalf in arranging a last-minute reservations-only slot at the Edith Piaf Museum. Her cheerful helpfulness and willingness to maximize our enjoyment during our stay was exceptional. Thanks, Hotel Dupond Smith - and merci bien, Mlle Betty!
We just returned from Paris where we stayed at the Hotel Dupond-Smith. This was our second stay at this beautiful boutique hotel, right in the heart of the Marais area of France. It's really well located, The rooms are fantastic, and the staff is first-rate (especially Betty, who went above and beyond for us in setting up a special tour of Edith Piaf's apartment - now a museum, and making a bunch of other reservations for us). The bedroom was luxurious with a fantastic modern shower. Super comfortable bed. HIGHLY RECOMMEND this wonderful hotel. Can't wait to stay there again!
Although a bit more expensive than nearby hotels, Dupond Smith is worth it, due to a great staff who are very helpful, courteous and professional. Silvio at the front desk was incredible in answering our questions, making recommendations for restaurants, and making sure we had a great stay. Also, the hotel itself is very quiet and peaceful, yet once you exit its front door you are right in the middle of all the activities of the Marais district.