The Chess Hotel
What We Love
- Super-central location, within walking distance of the Opera, Galeries Lafayette and the Louvre
- The hypnotizing black-and-white murals, specially created by three young French artists
- The ever-present music, which effortlessly segues from cool lounge tunes at breakfast to funky pop to Sinatra with a late night cognac
What To Know
- Afternoon tea is served daily and features delicious Popelini choux pastries and fragrant Mariage Frères tea
- The lobby is on the first floor; access is via a street-level corridor that leads to an elevator
- There's no gym on-site, but discounted rates are available at nearby L’Usine health club.
- Free WiFi
- The room service menu includes tapas from the da rosa deli
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Room Service
This sleek hipster hideaway just off Boulevard Haussmann is the brainchild of hot young Parisian design duo Gilles and Boissier (both Christian Liaigre alumni). While the floors subtly change color, from Bordeaux red to mustard to turquoise, the lobby is dominated by a huge, brooding monotone owl fresco by street artist Victor Ash. Graphic black-and-white mosaics in many of the bathrooms and bold checkerboard flooring in the lobby playfully echo the chess theme.
Bed and Bath
The 50 guestrooms are spacious for a central Paris hotel; they look out onto a quiet street or the interior courtyard. The decor is totally Zen, with pastel walls that contrast with handmade wooden furniture and floorboards. The Deluxe Rooms feature postmodern four-poster beds, bathrooms with large showers or a tub, and a Nespresso machine instead of a classic tea/coffeemaker. Both Superior and Deluxe Rooms offer 42-inch flat-screen TVs, marble or black and white tiled bathrooms, fluffy bathrobes and the hotel’s own range of toiletries enriched with fragrant argan oil.
The first-floor lobby is the hotel’s life and soul. Friendly, helpful receptionists busily plan shopping trips and snag concert tickets, and the designer sofas provide a comfy spot to relax over a game of chess or backgammon. An abundant breakfast buffet is served here along with afternoon tea between 3 and 6 p.m. In the early evening the lobby is transformed into a bar for cocktails, wine and digestifs. Although there is no actual restaurant, guests can choose from a tempting menu of Spanish and Portuguese tapas — sardines, Iberico ham, baby artichokes, even a risotto — prepared by the fashionable da rosa delicatessen, served either in the lobby or in your room.
In the Area
Step out of the hotel and you’ll find some of the city’s best shops on the doorstep, including Printemps, Galeries Lafayette and the Grands Magasins of Paris that rival Harrods and Bloomingdale’s. The world’s most famous jewelers line the exclusive Place Vendôme. The historic Café de la Paix offers the perfect sunny terrace for a plate of oysters and a glass of champagne, while the legendary Harry’s Bar serves a great Bloody Mary. In the evening head to the glittering Opera Garnier for a ballet or classical music performance, or catch a gig at the funky L’Olympia.
How to Get There
We were initially booked in a sister hotel and after being advised the air wasnt working they moved us to The Chess Hotel. The manager went out of his way to find us 2 rooms at the last minute and couldn't have done more for us during our stay. Great location, friendly staff, good breakfast and very clean rooms.
Great hotel and service. Upon arrival, I did not like the room I had initially received. Sharing with the staff, they did everything to accommodate me in another room. The new room I received was big and light. Everyone at the reception desk is very kind and helpful. The breakfast had good choices. Also, the hotel is located within 2 minutes from the Opera and the Big Department Stores and Opera Metro Station. 5 Minute walk to Roissy Bus. All in all, great experience! Thank you!
good hotel, good location, friendly staff, good breakfast and drinks selection. Thing to note: reception is on 1st floor, so when you arrive you need to use door bell, guys will open door for you and you and lift will bring you to the first floor. It wasnt so obvious when I just arrived. Probably it was too hot for me to think