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Hotel Highlights

  • Sexy glass bathrooms
  • Central but quiet, just off the Seine
  • Private hammam

Overview

Artful lodgings in the 16th arrondissement, where a spectacular classical façade conceals incroyable contemporary cool, with Christophe Pillet-designed furniture. The colour palette is bold and sexy, making the Hotel Sezz the perfect romantic bolthole in the heart of Paris. The hotel spa and hammam is a great place to unwind.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Hotel Sezz with us:

For BlackSmiths: two glasses of champagne. For SilverSmiths: a bottle of house wine. Goldsmiths get a free breakfast for two: a full buffet if taken in the restaurant; Continental if taken in-room (cooked à la carte items will be charged extra)

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Hotel Sezz

Advance purchase rate: 10% off

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

26, including 14 suites.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible. Check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $328.88 (€264), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude a buffet breakfast of pastries, breads and jam, cold cuts and cheeses, cooked dishes and Veuve Clicquot champagne (€30 each).

Also

Housed in the hotel's basement, the bijou spa is a sanctuary in slate and stone. Guests can book time in the steam room and Jacuzzi from 8am to 9pm; Payot facials and massages are also available in the serene treatment room.

Please note

Guests should note that the hotel's Jacuzzi is currently closed, but the steam room is open and SPA by Payot treatments are still available.

At the hotel

Spa Sezz by Payot with a Jacuzzi, hammam and treatment room (most types of massage can be arranged with two hours’ notice); free DVD library; free WiFi throughout; concierge. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player, iPod dock, Nespresso machine, minibar, Acqua di Parma bath products, slippers and robes.

Our favourite rooms

Rooms 22, 32, 42 and 52 are Deluxe rooms with deep Japanese-style slate baths. Rooms on the second, fifth and sixth floor have balconies. The Loft Eiffel suite (room 69) is very spacious, with an open-plan bathroom, double bath and sexy shower, plus Eiffel Tower views. The larger Eiffel Suite (room 75) looks out over the rooftops and the eponymous Tower, and comes with a huge living area containing a PS3, Nespresso machine and Christopher Pillet-designed sofa-bed. The glass-walled bathroom has a double tub.

Packing tips

A 10-ticket metro carnet. Hop on line 6 at the Passy station just round the corner, which will have you shopping Montparnasse boutiques, exploring Denfert-Rochereau's catacombs or sampling Chinatown's finest phos in no time.

Also

Private parking is available on request – ask at the time of booking.

Children

Cots and interconnecting rooms are available, but Sezz’s glass-and-stone design means it’s not a hugely child-friendly hotel.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

There's no restaurant on-site, but all the gastronomic delights of Paris await: Sezz staff will happily make you a reservation or point you in the right direction. A buffet breakfast is served in La Grande Dame from 7am–11am; after this, a menu of bar snacks is available until midnight.

Hotel Bar

La Grande Dame is the city's first Veuve Clicquot champagne bar: snuggle up in the hot pink pod and sample fizz paired with Pimm's or Amaretto.

Last orders

Drinks are poured until midnight at the bar.

Room service

24 hours – the snack menu is available all night.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Comme tu veux (but err on the classic side of contemporary).

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Paris is a compact city: nearby Passy metro station is the gateway to the capital’s best parks, shops and museums. It’s worth taking line 6 at least once for a film-worthy peek at the Tour Eiffel as you cross the river. For a shopping fix, head north to the Champs Elysées’ sprawling boulevard, or south to rue du Commerce, where you’ll find the best of the French high street shops (Maje, Minelli, Petit Bateau) and much less crowded sidewalks. Hotel Sezz is a good base for leisurely strolls along the Seine on a sunny day; head upriver towards Notre Dame to take in the Champ de Mars, Musée d’Orsay, Jardin des Tuileries and Pont des Arts along the way, or down towards the Parc André Citroën, a laid-back modernist oasis by the water. The Bois de Boulogne’s landscaped gardens, tranquil lakes, and zoo are a pleasant 20-minute stroll away; stop by the covered market on Place de Passy to stock up on raw-milk cheeses, portuguese charcuterie and fresh baguettes for an improvised picnic.

Local restaurants

Cristal Room Baccarat on Place des Etats Unis (+33 1 40 22 11 10) is Philippe Starck’s over-the-top bar and restaurant – über-popular so book ahead. Industrial-chic Le Tournesol on Rue de la Gâité (+33 1 43 27 65 72) is a brasserie with a lively bar area serving classic cocktails. Akasaka at 9 rue Nicolo (+33 1 42 88 77 86) does some of the best Japanese in town. Astrance on Rue Beethoven (+33 1 40 50 84 40) is a gastronomical experience; book well in advance for refined modern French cuisine. One of France’s most prestigious restos, Pierre Gagnaire on Rue Balzac (+33 1 58 36 12 50) is a treat for truly fabulous food at hefty prices (starters from €100). La Cave de l'Os à Moëlle on Rue de Lourmel (+33 1 45 57 28 28) is a wonderfully traditional bistro serving simple, delicious dishes. L'AOC on 14 Rue Fosses Saint Bernard (+33 01 43 54 22 52) is another fabulous bistro specialising in succulent roast meats. The leg of lamb stuffed with garlic gratin dauphinois is particularly good.

Local bars

Just off Avenue d'Iéna at 25 rue Jean Giraudoux, Le Speakeasy has Chesterfield sofas, velours bar stools and live jazz music to while the night away.

Local cafés

Carette on Place du Trocadéro (+33 1 47 27 88 56) is a Thirties-style tearoom in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, serving fantastic macaroons. It's worth the 20-minute stroll to La Pâtisserie des Rêves on rue de Longchamp (+33 1 47 04 00 24) – Philippe Conticini's Paris Brest and St Honorés are the stuff of, well, choux-pastry dreams.

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Seine-set tranquillity

Hotel Sezz

6 Avenue Fremiet, 75016, Paris, France

Hotel Sezz is on a residential street just off the banks of the Seine in the quiet 16th arrondissement, a 15-minute stroll from the Tour Eiffel.

Planes

The hotel is half an hour's drive from both Orly and Charles de Gaulle airports. From Orly, take the shuttle bus to Pont de Rungis, on line C of the RER, continuing to the Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel stop. From Charles de Gaulle, take the Air France bus to Etoile, where you can change to line 6 and hop over to Passy, a three-minute walk from the hotel.

Trains

The Eurostar terminal at Gare du Nord is a 20-minute taxi ride away. Nearby metro stops include Passy and Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel.

Automobiles

Hotel Sezz is right across the river from the Tour Eiffel, and three kilometres from the Boulevard Périphérique (ring road). Head for the river; Avenue Frémiet is just off Avenue du President Kennedy which runs along the Seine. From Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, you’ll need the A1/E19 to Saint Denis where you can pick up the Périphérique; from Paris Orly, head to the A106, A6b and finally A6a to the ring road, following Issy-les-Moulineaux. Parking at the hotel costs €30.

Other

Hire a self-service bike from a Vélib station; there are several near the hotel. You'll need a credit card to leave the €150 deposit required.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Our gastro tour of Paris began with Cornish pasties on the Eurostar, which were to be our last taste of England for a few days. We were delighted that our base camp for this expedition was to be the recently conceived, ultra-modern Hotel Sezz, on the left bank of the Seine, a stumble from the Eiffel Tower. Tucked away in a quiet and conservative neighbourhood and hiding behind a classic facade, it…
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Hotel Sezz

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

Our gastro tour of Paris began with Cornish pasties on the Eurostar, which were to be our last taste of England for a few days. We were delighted that our base camp for this expedition was to be the recently conceived, ultra-modern Hotel Sezz, on the left bank of the Seine, a stumble from the Eiffel Tower. Tucked away in a quiet and conservative neighbourhood and hiding behind a classic facade, it was a surprise to pass through the glass doors into such a heavily designed luxury Paris hotel, straight out of the pages of Wallpaper*.

Respected designer Christophe Pillet, one-time protege of Philippe Starck, is the brains behind the furniture. His pieces lend a faintly masculine air, though in the lobby, for example, they are broken up with pastel colours and the occasional bit of floral decoration. Either side of the entrance sit two stylish, comfortable waiting areas strewn with highbrow glossies. A video installation and original prints underline the exclusive feel. We felt very grown up as we attempted to check in.

With no reception area as such, staff popped out like smartly dressed meerkats emerging from their burrow. This behaviour, although slightly disconcerting, ensured our needs were met. For the duration of our stay we were provided with a friendly and competent PA. Though I have always had aspirations of barking orders to have my TVR brought round, or to get me Gisele on line one, we didn’t actually use ours much, but the thought was appreciated.

We had treated ourselves to a suite – a perfect size for the weekend-long adventure ahead. The lounge portion was neat and well equipped, with WiFi access, LCD screen and a well-hidden DVD player. Furnishing and decor were suitably chic, with a strong colour palette encompassing oranges, greens, reds. Our personal pieces of Pillet included a sleek firm sofa, desk with a mock-croc chair and a lozenge-like coffee table laden with arty books. Black lacquered floor, pinstriped curtains and a lamp that resembled the head of a spring onion completed the scene.

Moving through the sliding doors, we reached the bedroom, which was very simple and comfortable, with a generous bed. Most notable was the smoked glass walling off the bathroom, which got full marks from me. Not because of any peeping Tom tendencies, but because the innovative layout added loads of space to both rooms. Design, again, had a more mannish leaning, with polished Portuguese-stone floor and rough tiled walls, asymmetrical moulded sinks and separate toilet and shower cubicles... any bachelor's dream pad. But once Mrs Smith had tipped out the contents of her make-up bag, and lip-enhancing this, eye-brightening thats, and all manner of pretty magic potions lay strewn across every surface, it felt as unisexy as can be.

Feeling peckish, we were surprised to learn that Sezz manages without a restaurant (but not without a champagne bar area, before the epicureans among you despair). According to the management, the intention is to break down barriers between staff and guests, although our concern was that perhaps this can also mean spaces without obvious uses, so the hotel feels less of a hangout than it might. Still, we were happy enough as it forced us out into the open to hunt for the perfect bistro.

The Paris bistro is a beast well worth seeking out as often as possible. On consecutive nights we valiantly made our way through extensive menus at L’Os a Moelle and L’AOC. The former was jam-packed and had a charming sister bar across the road. The latter specialised in authentically regional and protected foodstuff, where we sampled pigs’ trotters, marrowbone, ‘head cheese’ terrine and rotisserie belly of milk pig.

Since we’re made of the right stuff we went for the full gourmand experience and sought out food to take home. For cheese and transportable meats we visited the awesome market at Bastille. This place is actually worth a visit just for the spectacle. Stacks of perfect veg; bushy bundles of herbs and leaves; massive fish and shellfish on piles of ice. For the other essentials we popped over to La Petite Scierie on the Ille St Louis. Foie Gras, gizzards and rillette from the owners’ small local farm drove our buds and bank balances crazy.

We packed massive amounts into our long weekend in Paris and Hotel Sezz was ideal for this purpose. It is perfectly placed, functional living space. Indecisive, last-minute types can still get a pummelling massage as long as they give two hours' notice, but we are well past this time limit when we tiptoe to the slate-lined Wellness centre in the basement. Avoiding other couples is easy though – we book a whole hour of privacy to ourselves to wallow and steam ourselves silly.

Mindful we should try as much on offer as possible we also checked out cocktails before departure. In the Veuve Clicquot bar seated inside a vaguely erotic pink alcove we sipped champagne paired with Pimm's and Amaretto. After the staff had melted away into the background we had the place to ourselves. This was a very private experience, which seemed to be a Sezz signature.

Making our way back home was hard work. Our bags spilled over with stinking Epoisses de Bourgogne, Mont d'Or Vacherin and Reblochon. We were weighed down by bottles of wine, jars of goodies and particularly well satisfied bellies. Avoiding the Delices de France stall back at Waterloo Station was the easy part.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel Sezz's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Modern, trendy boutique rooms, with open bathroom into the bed room (see the pictures). Service by the staff were great too and the extras of top quality cosmetic products.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Attention to detail, staff helpfulness and quality of the service.

Don’t expect

I would've liked a cheaper breakfast price maybe.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I really liked the service. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming and they really went out of their way to make you feel like at home. Their personal PA service was a nice touch (Champagne on arrival, in depth tour of the hotel and facilities and were more than happy to book taxis and restaurants).

Don’t expect

Get the Jacuzzi back up and running!

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Great service and very nice personnel; room is comfortable (although I thought the bed was a bit small for two people).

Don’t expect

I thought the bed could be bigger. The only thing I didn't like is that the cleaners start cleaning neighbouring rooms at 8am and that wakes you up early.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the check-in experience with free champagne. And, the Eiffel Tower is just a short stroll away. Nine out of ten.

Don’t expect

The elevator appeared to be under maintenance; it was very noisy and I could hear it in my room.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Hotel Sezz is in fantastic location to venture out into Paris. It's an impressive hotel to walk into, and our room was fantastic – it's a member of the Design Hotel group, so there is a fantastic style to everything. The staff members were all charming, friendly and helpful. We were given some great tips on places to eat, and felt looked after throughout our stay.

Don’t expect

There is a flaw in the design of the (otherwise glorious) square shower/bath. No matter where you place the shower head, the water runs down the edges and onto the floor.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the great location, lovely staff, excellent breakfast, cool bathroom with lovely bath lotion etc, and the fact that it was easy to walk to good restaurants and close to the Eiffel tower.

Don’t expect

I found the air conditioning to be noisy. We were woken up by partygoers in the early hours of the morning.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the friendly helpful staff, and the clean comfortable bedroom and bathroom.

Don’t expect

I would've liked the buffet breakfast to have had more choice and fruit.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location was nice, the staff was very friendly, the rooms were bigger than any I've seen in Paris and the bathtub is huge!

Don’t expect

The air conditioning could be better.

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Overall, the experience was superb. We were in Paris as I was running the Paris marathon, but even that didn't stop me partaking of the glass of Veuve Cliquot provided at check-in! The staff was fantastic, knowledgable and friendly without being intrusive, even recommending an excellent pasta restaurant for the pre-marathon carb loading meal. We stayed in Junior Suite 41, which had an incredible round bath tub that I could have stayed in all weekend… Lovely lux touches like Acqua di Parma toiletries and chocolates on the pillow completed the experience for us.

Don’t expect

I was disappointed not to be able to use the Jacuzzi – it looked amazing when we went down to use the steam room. Also, the WiFi kept dropping out in the room. But overall, it was a great stay!

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff were fantastic on suggestions regarding restaurants, sights to see, getting around Paris, etc. They were so welcoming and friendly and I really appreciated their support. Great position: lovely to walk to the Eiffel Tower and nice little shops close by.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff were really accommodating and friendly. The service was impeccable. Really enjoyed the stay; facilities were amazing and the location was perfect.

Don’t expect

It's hard to think of how to improve this hotel.

Rating: 10/10 stars