Hôtel Sezz Paris
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes access to the spa (which features a hammam and a Jacuzzi)
- Stylish decor by Christophe Pillet, a protégé of Philippe Starck
- There is no reception desk or concierge; each guest gets access to a "PA"
- Room service is available 24 hours a day
What To Know
- Across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower, this is an exclusive residential area and therefore off the beaten tourist track
- Better suited to couples and individuals than families
- Only two of the rooms have Eiffel Tower views
- The idea of a "PA" setup, rather than a traditional reception/concierge, won’t be to everyone’s taste
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Tucked away on a residential street in the 16th Arrondissement (16 in French is seize, hence the name), Hotel Sezz is so discreet, you could almost walk straight past it. Inside, it’s even more low-key — there’s no reception desk and no concierge. Not that you need one, really, when you have a “PA,” as the hotel staff are called. Designed by Beirut-born, British-educated Armenian Shahe Kalaidjian and Philippe Starck protégé Christophe Pillet, the boutique retreat is cutting-edge in both design and comfort. Sophisticated shades of gray take center stage, pepped up by rose rugs, red couches and pink acrylic side tables. The effect is cool but not, as the lavish use of Cascais stone could make it, cold.
Bed and Bath
Unlike at some other design hotels, the 13 rooms and 13 suites at the Sezz don’t sacrifice comfort in the name of style. The emphasis is firmly on the bed, which is placed in the center of the room, with everything else radiating out from it. The desk doubles as a headboard, while Murano desk lamps serve as bedside reading lights. A glass wall separates the bedroom from the bathroom (make sure you’re comfortable with your roommate), where Acqua di Parma accessories add a luxe touch to the otherwise minimalist design features, such as stone baths and shallow, sloping rectangular basins.
The only communal area in the lobby is the small Veuve Clicquot champagne bar, La Grande Dame. By night it serves an excellent array of champagne cocktails; by day its glass ceiling transforms it into a luminous breakfast room complete with giant cagelike booths. The buffet includes everything from croissants to muesli to cold meats to scrambled eggs and sausage. The basement Spa Sezz by Payot is cozy and cute, with a swimming pool the size of a bathtub. Guests can also arrange massages or a hammam on demand.