Paris, France

Hotel Panache

Rates from (ex tax)$97.89

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR90.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Retro Rive Droite

Setting

Bobo boulevards

Flamboyant by name and stylish by nature: housed in two 19th-century buildings in the 9th arrondissement, Hotel Panache ticks all the right boxes for a laid-back Parisian stay. Unusually spacious rooms look down onto a bustling street or open up to bijou balconies, the kitchen whips up tantalising gastro-fare and the Sunday brunch will have you running for bed in a pastry-and-poached-egg-induced daze.

Smith Extra

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A box of chocolate and sweets from the oldest chocolaterie in Paris

Facilities

Photos Hotel Panache facilities

Need to know

Rooms

40, including four suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $97.89 (€82), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.65 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR90.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates do not include the buffet breakfast of muesli, breads and pastries, fresh fruit, cold cuts, boiled eggs and juices (€18 an adult, €9 a child).

Also

Interior designer Dorothée Meilichzon is a rising star: look out for her trademark velvet sofas and graphic patterns at the Experimental Cocktail Bar in London and Ibiza.

At the hotel

Free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Bonne Nouvelle toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Housed in a corner building, the 40 rooms are all different, with hallway sofas, corner mirrors and triangular desks making the most of quirky layouts. Designer Dorothée Meilichzon’s striking use of pattern is the backdrop for a clean-lined but eye-catching retro-flavoured decor. Room 203 has floor-to-ceiling windows and a small balcony. With top-floor vistas and its own one-hole putting green, room 701 is hard to resist.

Packing tips

Leave bulky plug adaptors at home: the hotel has some to borrow and you’ll save space for a jar or two of something delicious from Lafayette Gourmet.

Also

From the reception to the restaurant, Hotel Panache has taken great care to be welcoming to disabled guests. The second and third floors are accessible by lift; some rooms have bathrooms adapted to wheelchair users.

Children

Welcome. Children can stay in Family or Triple rooms; under-12s can sleep on an extra bed in Superior Doubles (€30 a night). The restaurant has highchairs and staff will happily adapt menu items for picky eaters.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Grab a table by the window for a spot of people-watching on the rue du Faubourg Montmartre.

Dress Code

Channel the ballerina look from the nearby opera with tousled chignons and butter-soft flats.

Hotel restaurant

All dark-stained parquet, velvet upholstery and mosaic tiles, Panache is the brainchild of David Lahner and Paul Landre, the dream team behind of-the-moment eatery Racines in Paris and New York. Inventive and creative, the menu here changes daily, with dishes as colourful (sea bream with grapefruit, a foliage-flecked chocolate mousse) as they are delicious. It’s best to book in advance: the good-value set-course lunch menu and evening small-plate offerings are deservedly popular with locals. Don’t miss the Sunday brunch (served from noon to 5.30pm), a feast of perfect eggs, sizzling bacon and generously seasoned avocado.

Hotel bar

There’s no bar as such, but guests can ask for a tipple in the lobby before heading out to explore.

Last orders

Breakfast is served 7am–10.30am, lunch 12.30pm–2.30pm, dinner 7.30pm–10pm.

Room service

Breakfast can be ordered in-room.

Location

Photos Hotel Panache location
Address
Hotel Panache
1 Rue Geoffroy-Marie
Paris
75009
Paris
France

Planes

Most international flights touch down at Charles de Gaulle Airport, a 40-minute drive from the hotel. Roughly equidistant, serves domestic routes and some international destinations. Taxis are readily available; both airports are served by RER line B from nearby Gare du Nord.

Trains

A quick 15-minute stroll from the hotel, Paris’ Gare du Nord is an international hub welcoming Eurostar services from London and Thalys trains from Brussels and Amsterdam, as well as domestic routes from the north of France.

Automobiles

Driving in Paris is not for those of meek disposition; you’re better off whizzing around on public transport or seeing the city on foot. If wheels are non-negotiable, park your car at the public Chauchat Drouot car park, a two-minute walk away.

Worth getting out of bed for

Often overlooked in favour of picturesque Montmartre to the north and hipper-than-thou Marais to the south, the 9th arrondissement is a pocket of authentic Parisian charm. Tourists flock to the nearby grands magasins with good reason: a quick dash (or leisurely afternoon stroll) through the aisles is mandatory if you’re in the area. Gawp at Galeries Lafayette’s stained-glass dome, steal beauty secrets from Parisiennes at Printemps Beauté and make a pit-stop at Lafayette Gourmet to sample matcha-infused Sadaharu Aoki pastries or fragrant toasties from La Maison de la Truffe. All grand staircase and ostentatious gilding, Palais Garnier is a temple to tutus and grands jetés. Patrons are no longer allowed to explore the opera’s secret spots, but exclusive backstage tours can be booked for five people – if you have €700 to spare. Musée Grévin’s waxworks are just around the corner; those of a more sentimental nature may prefer the Musée de la Vie Romantique’s genteel exhibitions and delightful garden café.

Local restaurants

Once the tasty little secret of in-the-know gastronomes, L’Abri (+33 (0)1 83 97 00 00) is now so popular you’ll need to plan months in advance for a chance to sample its four-course menu. Your best bet to try the Japanese chef’s surprising cuisine is at lunch on a Monday or Saturday, for a nibble of his legendary tonkatsu and mimolette sandwich. An English chef and Kiwi sommelier may sound like an odd pairing for a neighbourhood Parisian bistro, but the formula works at Restaurant Albion, where the unpretentious fare is as impressive as the wine list. Popular haunt Le Richer doesn’t take bookings; get there early, flop on the enormous leather seats and take your time with the pared-down menu that changes weekly.

 

Local cafés

The neighbourhoods’ covered galleries are perfect for stroll on a rainy day; cosy up with coffee and cake in Le Valentin’s tea room in Passage Jouffroy (+33 (0)1 47 70 88 50).

Local bars

Grab a bar perch at Artisan Bar, a shabby-chic cocktail bar where drinks are shaken, stirred and served alongside mini croque monsieur.

Reviews

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Stephanie Waterman

Anonymous review

Arriving at a hotel early, before your room is ready, is usually a hassle. In the case of Hotel Panache, it’s a welcome treat.

We’re ushered to a cozy corner of the lobby – adorned with peaks of crystals, art-deco shapes and exposed lights – where a delightful selection of teas and pastries awaits, and the old-world Hollywood treatment begins.

What seems like the whole of Paris passes us by out the window, the crowds moving swiftly through the chill – trying to stay warm in the morning rays. Our bags still sit beside us but it feels like we’ve lived here for days.

A friendly hotel staffer approaches us softly so as not to disturb the glamorous Parisian film fantasy playing in my mind. Our room is ready and we’re directed up to the third floor.

Mr Smith rides the petite elevator with our well-travelled luggage; I opt to take the spiral staircase with the monochrome carpet. Level by level, I hear the hum of exotic languages, and that filmic fantasy kicks back in.

Our expectations are high – Parisian native Dorothée Meilichzon is responsible for the interiors and is known around the world for her eclectic style and custom furniture designs.

We swing the door open to our Double Superior room and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s bright, with floor-to-ceiling windows softened with linen drapery, the busy Parisian streets just three floors below. Our double bed is framed by a feature wall covered in eye-catching wallpaper; a custom brass pendant light floats above. As I glide through the room searching for the perfect place to house my handbag I notice the corner seating nook complete with a set of lilac lounge chairs. Mr Smith is distracted by the quaint desk adorned with personalised Panache stationery (which will be making it’s way home with us…)

At the exact moment my stomach reminds me we’re in the land of sweet treats, fortune cookies appear – one for me and one for Mr Smith. It really feels like the secret messages were written just for us. We won’t spoil the surprise but bravo Hotel Panache: nice touch.

Our new home in the 9th arrondissement is just south of one of the city’s best lookouts: the church and steps of Sacre-Coeur and, after a quick freshen up, we set off to explore it and the surrounding streets – we’re spoilt with cafes, artsy boutiques and local produce markets

As late afternoon creeps up, we retire to what now feels like our private pied-à-terre. The muted chaos from the streets below makes the perfect soundtrack for a well-earned holiday nap.

We wake feeling rested and ready for dinner. We descend the spiral staircase and enter the restaurant situated right on the corner with views leading onto the streets – an extension of the hotel that’s equally as idiosyncratic and inviting. A small dose of confusion sets in as we sit down in an empty dining room just before 7.30pm – who knew Parisians ate so late?

The palette of dusty blues, burnt oranges and mosaic tiles make my heart flutter as we move through to the corner booth and I take the opportunity to snap a few pics. After toasting Paris with our chilled prosecco we turn our attention to some local cheeses and expertly cured charcuterie.

The menu created by David Lahner and Paul Landre is filled with a summer’s delight of seasonal produce, served in style – each dish better than the last, packed with fresh flavour and adorned with garden-picked garnishes. Within the hour every seat is occupied and the volume is upped as friends and lovers share their stories. We finish off our meal with a sweet chocolate dessert, a glass of red wine and a fond farewell to our waiter before we work our back way past the tables of food-loving locals.

A slight stumble up the slanted stairs, and we’re back in our suite, the window to our Juliette balcony left slightly ajar as the Paris streets below continue to buzz late into the night.  

The long sleep fixes us for another day of exploring. With pastries on our mind we’re out the door in minutes to make our way down to breakfast.

Waiting by the elevator, the success of a girls-only shopping trip is uncovered as housekeeping clears the excess shopping bags from next door. Dior, Balmain, La Bon Marche, Chanel – the whole gang was there. I feel a return trip brewing…

As we exit through the oversized glass doors onto the street we reflect on just how lovely our stay has been. The impeccable service encourages you to make it your home; the sublime interiors have you rethinking your whole world.

Hotel Panache: so glamorous, so individual, so Paris…

 

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 Panache’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Great location and very friendly staff. It's a small hotel with very 'compact' rooms, but it had everything I needed for a 1 night stay in Paris. Breakfast was simple but delicious and the coffee was fab!

Don’t expect

All the luxuries of a large hotel eg. robes, slippers.

Rating

Stayed on 3 Sep 2017

We loved

The super comfy bed and stylish decor.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet – it's on a lively street plus you can hear other guests wandering through the hallways.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Sep 2017

We loved

Everything. We adored it will certainly be going back!

Rating

Stayed on 17 Aug 2017

We loved

The decor, the location, the staff, the cleanliness.

Don’t expect

Space.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Aug 2017

We loved

The quirky, chic décor and shape of the room; the lively central location and the friendly staff.

Don’t expect

Dressing gowns, slippers or other hotel room accessories that you might expect for a luxury room.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Jun 2017

We loved

The room. Comfy beds. Clean room.

Rating

Stayed on 6 May 2017

We loved

Location, interior design, helpful and friendly staff. Cafes and restaurants on Rue de la Richier and Saint Germain.

Don’t expect

Free water.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Apr 2017

We loved

Simple yet stylish; very welcoming.

Don’t expect

Would stay in a quieter, calmer area of Paris next time.

Rating

Stayed on 31 Mar 2017

We loved

The helpful, friendly staff and nothing was too much trouble for them. The power had gone from the sockets in the room, but the staff fixed it immediately after we reported it. The rooms were cosy and embraced the traditional features of the building including a cute little balcony, and was finished to a very high standard with a comfortable bed and nice interior design. We didn't have breakfast in the restaurant, but we did have a couple of amazing cocktails from the bar one evening. We would highly recommend it and will definitely be coming back!

Rating

Stayed on 18 Mar 2017

We loved

The balcony overlooking Montmartre. Go to Chartier – a traditional brasserie with reasonably priced food and amusing waiters.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet.

Rating

Stayed on 16 Mar 2017

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