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.
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Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $145.96 (€131), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.88 per person per night on check-out.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grab a table by the window for a spot of people-watching on the rue du Faubourg Montmartre.
Channel the ballerina look from the nearby opera with tousled chignons and butter-soft flats.
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.
There’s no bar as such, but guests can ask for a tipple in the lobby before heading out to explore.
Breakfast is served 7am–10.30am, lunch 12.30pm–2.30pm, dinner 7.30pm–10pm.
Hotel Panache is in the heart of the 9th arrondissement, just a short stroll from the Folies Bergères and the shopping district of the Grands Boulevards.
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.
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.
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 Aokipastries 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.
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.
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).
Grab a bar perch at Artisan Bar, a shabby-chic cocktail bar where drinks are shaken, stirred and served alongside mini croque monsieur.
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…
Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hôtel Panache’s Guestbook below.
I loved how cosy and snug the hotel was. The interior was just so chic. The staff was brilliant and made it feel like home. Also - extra points for giving the best brunch recommendations in the area!
Very good espresso in the room, but there are plenty of places nearby.
Stayed on 22 Jun 2019
The room was beautiful and clean. The hotel provided excellent service and great recommendations for the area. I would definitely stay again!
Stayed on 11 May 2019
The design of the hotel and its convenient location - it's good value considering where the hotel is located.
The room to be very spacious - they're quite compact but have all that you need to be comforatble!
Stayed on 14 Jan 2019
We loved the hotel design, location, and service. Everyone at the hotel from arrival through to departure was incredibly helpful and kind. We found the design of the hotel from the lobby and restaurant to the rooms to be top notch, and made us feel like we were staying somewhere classy but also comfortable. Would happily stay here again!
Anything but the best!
Stayed on 21 Sep 2018
The location was great for getting around town and the decor of the reception area was nicely done.
Luxurious accommodation (everything is a bit run down in the rooms). Theres also no functioning restaurant.
Stayed on 25 Aug 2018
The cute room, the friendly staff and how very French it all was.
Luxury. This is not a deluxe hotel.
Stayed on 18 Aug 2018
The design of the hotel. Despite small rooms it felt spacious enough although not much wardrobe space. Loved the toiletries they provided. Handy area to stay in.
Soundproofing! Can hear everything between rooms, sometimes felt as if were in the same room as our neighbours.
Stayed on 17 Aug 2018
Stylish rooms, comfy beds and the central location.
Peace and quiet.
Stayed on 9 Jul 2018
The hotel is in a perfect location. 20 mins south of Montmartre, 15 mins north of the trendy Sentier area. And the hotel itself is a stone's throw away from some great bars, restaurants (a seafood restaurant on Bvd Poissoniere which I will definitely go back to). The rooms are small but cleverly laid out to feel spacious. Still feels luxurious with fab bathroom comfy beds and sheets. We didn't have breakfast there but it did look very good. Le Brebant – amazing seafood restaurant with big outside terrace and great service. Chartier – you've got to go once. Its super quick turnaround steak frites with pepper sauce in a classically French setting. La Mere de la Famille – pick up some delicious chocolates before you leave.
Huge spacious rooms. There wasn't much storage space. If we were staying for a week we wouldn't have been able to unpack.
Stayed on 26 May 2018
The central position, the buzzing neighborhood, the welcoming staff, the snacks in the minibar from nearby shop, Monop' two doors down for basics like water, the pretty restaurant, the generous breakfast buffet! Restaurant Supernature.
Huge rooms, but who stays inside when they are in Paris, anyway?
Stayed on 25 May 2018
My 11 year-old daughter and I stayed two nights and very much enjoyed The Panache. The staff was courteous and helpful. Our room was clean and comfortable room with a very Parisien feel. The location convenient, with many cafes and shops nearby, easy access to the subway and within walking distance to many landmarks.
Big hotels amenities such as a spa, valet or mini bar.
Stayed on 3 Apr 2018
Lovely, quirky, little hotel five minutes walk from two Metro stations in a great area. The staff are delightful and the rooms – like almost all Paris hotels – are small but cunning in their use of every tiny space, and prettily designed. A little balcony was an added bonus. Perfect for a weekend stay. I'll certainly go back.
Stayed on 3 Feb 2018
Friendly deskmembers who greet you and give you directions. The room has been relatively quiet and had good curtains against outside light. Tea on the room is free and the minibar is perfect for a sweet tooth. The chocolate as the courtesy of Mr & Mrs Smith from À La Mère de Famille was the cutest addition. The neighbourhood is so conviently settled between the grand warehouses like Hausmann LaFayette, which made marvelous pre-Christmas shopping. The shower toiletries smell original and fresh with notes of Coriander, for example. As for more neigbourhood recommendations, they left the cutest postcard-popup with a selected set of recommendations in the neighbourhood, and number 7 listed a beautiful patisserie only 7 minutes walk. Moreover, where the patisserie is, there were marvelous Parisian luxury shops to get your pre-chrismas truffles and caviar.
Unfortunately, I mistaken the description of the hotel that they had loaders for my Iphone, but these were music cables. The elevator and the hotel might not be suitable for people who do not have the best of physical health. When paying tourist tax, they did not have change for my 50 euros, and they let me use the creditcard for the 1.20 left.
Stayed on 19 Dec 2017
The location, service, contemporary decor and the balcony.