Fabulous location on the Left Bank, across the Seine from the Louvre
A mosaic tile relaxation pool with aquamassage and chromotherapy
The bountiful breakfast buffet is available until 11:30 a.m.; a continental option is served throughout the day for late risers
Serve yourself a drink at the Da Vinci Café evening honesty bar
What To Know
A hotel with history: The Mona Lisa was hidden here for three nights in 1911 after it had been stolen from the Louvre
A welcoming family-run retreat
There's no restaurant, but the café serves breakfast (on the patio in the summer months), afternoon tea and evening drinks, and a gourmet room service menu is available
Parking on site
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Romantic retreat on the Left Bank with opulent Italian interiors, a buzzy cafe and a mosaic-lined relaxation pool
Across the Seine from the Louvre, Hotel Da Vinci's discrete façade blends in perfectly with the surrounding Rive Gauche art galleries, while its cozy lobby resembles the salon of an elegant Paris mansion. Italian interior designer Luana Bellusci has woven the theme of Da Vinci, the Mona Lisa and the Renaissance throughout the hotel (the man who stole the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911 stayed here for three nights, hiding the world’s most prized painting). Murano glass lamps and mirrors, and sumptuous frescoes feature in the public spaces, and the café takes inspiration from Venice’s Caffè Florian.
Bed and Bath
The 24 guestrooms fall into several categories, from the cozy Inspiration Rooms and the plush Invention Rooms, which overlook Saint-Germain, to the larger Renaissance Rooms, which come with a private balcony. You'll find wonderful attention to detail everywhere, from satin cushions and antique telephones to dazzling murals and stylish lanterns. The bathrooms are minimalist but functional, with rainfall showers, towel heaters and chic toiletries supplied by Florentine fashion designer Roberto Cavalli.
Life at the hotel revolves around the fashionable Café Da Vinci (and its patio in the warmer months), from the delicious breakfast of cheeses, charcuterie and fresh croissants direct from an artisanal boulanger, to afternoon tea, which features irresistible chocolate cakes and early evening cocktails. There's a gourmet room service menu (foie gras and fruit chutney, salmon with butternut quinoa, even Petrossian caviar), but bear in mind these goodies are prepared outside the hotel and can take 30 to 45 minutes to arrive. The underground relaxation pool is not to be missed, and you can also arrange massage and beauty treatments on-site.
In the Area
Walk toward the Boulevard Saint-Germain and join Le Tout Paris in sipping a Kir Royal at either Café de Flore or its timeless rival, Les Deux Magots. In the other direction lie chic art galleries and designer boutiques until you reach the Seine, where the quay is lined with bouquinistes, a goldmine of antiquarian books and posters. Cross over the City of Light’s most romantic bridge, the Pont des Arts, and you arrive at the Louvre.