Style Handsome prints
Setting Seventh heaven
At Hôtel Thoumieux in the seventh arrondissement, eating comes first, sleeping second. Rooms are perched above the brasserie and alongside the Michelin-starred restaurant. They don’t keep all the style in the kitchen, though: India Mahdavi’s interiors are the perfect mismatch.
Need to know
- Rooms 14, including one suite.
Double rooms from $250.25 (€187), excluding tax at 7 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.30 per person per night on check-out.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (€187) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- More details Full American breakfast is an extra €20.
- Facilities Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, iPad, Aesop bath products and minibar.
- Children Little ones are welcome. The hotel can provide cots for under-threes, but not extra beds. Interconnecting rooms can be arranged for older kids. Babysitting can be arranged with 24-hours’ notice (€15 an hour).
Food and drink at Hôtel Thoumieux
There are two: Brasserie Thoumieux, which you walk through to get to the hotel, and, upstairs, the Michelin-starred Jean-François Piège – a favourite with the critics, so you're best making dinner reservations when you book your stay. Here, diners design their menu DIY-style, selecting six of the freshest daily ingredients for the chef to work with. The brasserie is as you’d expect: dark green-and-red complexion, long, narrow dining room, banquette seating, mirrored walls, brass fittings and classic French fare – foie gras, paella, entrecote de bœuf and the ilk.
- Dress code Let the walls, floors and furnishings hog the prints, and stick to classic pieces in monochrome and neutrals. Jil Sander, Calvin Klein and Cos will deliver the sleek simplicity required.
- Top table You’ll be so grateful to have nabbed a table (seats get booked up around three weeks in advance), you’re unlikely to be fussy. That said, corner tables offer the most privacy.
- Last orders The restaurant stops serving food at 10pm.
- Room service Items from the brasserie menu can be ordered to your room between 7am and midnight.
Upstairs in a little room close to the restaurant, the light, bright, white bar is designed with intimate post-dinner brandies in mind. Faux leopard skins and low marble tables dot the small space, and a marble-topped bar takes centre stage.
Hôtel Thoumieux 79 Rue St Dominique, 75007 Paris
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Our favourite rooms
We couldn’t help but fall for room 16. Yes, it’s the biggest and most expensive, but we love its floral-patterned wallpaper and curtains, its lofty perch and resultant sense of privacy, and the round wall lights that resemble gold-rimmed speakers. Room 2 is close to reception and the bar, so can be a little noisy.
Waking up with a hangover in such visually loud surroundings can be challenging: delicate types might appreciate sunglasses (and/or aspirin).