What We Love
- The vintage Marshall speakers in guest rooms equipped with Bluetooth
- Shopping the rooms for blankets and books to take home – many of the items are for sale
- Cozying up with an aperitif under the silverleaf ceiling in the intimate salon
- The photo-worthy reception counter, made of green Carrara marble
What To Know
- The hotel offers child-friendly trips to the Louvre and scooter rentals
- In-room smartphones have a direct-to-concierge message service
- The Restaurant Du Palais Royal shares an owner and has a Michelin star, but it’s an eight-minute walk away
Part culture hub, part impossibly chic hotel, Le Nolinski is in a tourist hotspot but eschews the corporate look for something much, much more chic. It has a townhouse feel with delightfully homey rooms (designer and architect Jean-Louis Denoit has a background in apartments and houses) where vintage furniture, coffee table books on photography and fashion, deep rugs, and quirky art are par for the course. Minibars are housed in imitation bank safes—a cheeky touch—and stocked with jus de cassis. While the Avenue de l’Opéra location might put off more experienced Paris travelers, there’s no denying that its 1st arrondissement location makes it all too easy to get around. Thankfully, the rooms are soundproofed enough that street noise stays at a minimum. Don’t miss the atmospheric underground spa, which has its own candlelit pool (check out the mirrored ceiling!) and sauna, or the hotel’s regularly hosted art exhibitions, live music, and literary events; check with the concierge when you arrive to see what’s on the calendar.
In the Area
The hotel’s spot in the 1st arrondissement is chaotic and bustling, but it’s also within walking distance from so many top city sights that it’s worth braving the tourist crowds. (Plus, you can always retreat back to the hotel for a rejuvenating nap, massage, or cocktail). The Palais Garnier opera house, worth visiting for its stunning architecture even if you don’t see a show, is a 10-minute walk, while the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden, and stellar shopping on the rue Saint Honoré are all within a half-mile from the hotel. The Pyramides metro station is also just steps away for points further afield. Many of the nearby restaurants are chains, so ask the concierge to book you into somewhere more local. No matter how many times you’ve been to Paris, however, a stop at nearby Angelina for hot chocolate and a Mont-Blanc pastry is a must.