Need to know
35, including one suite.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from $193.79 (€168), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.47 per person per night on check-out.
Continental buffet breakfast of fresh juices and fruits, breads and croissants, pancakes, hot drinks, cold cuts and omelettes costs from €17 a person (free for guests staying in Romantic Rooms or higher categories).
The beautiful brains behind Smith Parisian favourite La Belle Juliette, owner Corinne Moncelli has hung the breakfast room walls with her old photos. Conveniently, each frame has a magnifying glass, so you won’t have to play the sleuth too long to find her. Look out for hints to her heroines’ colourful love lives, too: vintage boxing gloves hang in one of the Edith Piaf rooms, a bittersweet tribute to boxer Marcel Cerdan, the great love of her life.
At the hotel
Lounge, gift shop, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, Carthusia toiletries. The Suite and Deluxe Rooms also have Nespresso coffee machines.
Our favourite rooms
Each floor pays subtle tribute to its muse: climb the stairs to discover Fifties-styled rooms fit for Edith Piaf, chic hideaways inspired by writer George Sand’s home in Nohan, bold references to Juliette Gréco’s jazz age, rich African prints in the Signares rooms and lustrous silks reminiscent of Marguerite Duras’ years in Indochina. The fifth and sixth floors have panoramic views over Paris’ rooftops. All rooms have bath tubs for long leisurely soaks, apart from Classic rooms (although some make up for it with lovely little balconies). If you’re planning on re-enacting the muses’ tumultuous affairs, opt for the Junior Suite Cocotte, a red-and-black boudoir with a seductive roll-top bath.
Take your cue from the dames: bring hair straighteners to perfect a sharp Juliette Gréco fringe, and a well-thumbed copy of Marguerite Duras’ L’Amant to leave on café terrace tables.
Room 1, on the ground floor, is wheelchair-accessible. Stock up on Carthusia toiletries in the shop: scented with heady Mediterranean aromatics, they’re tricky to find outside of Capri.
The hotel is more of a grown-up stay, but one free baby cot for under-2s is available on request. Staff can also arrange babysitting (€30 an hour; minimum booking, two hours).