Paris, France

Hotel Sezz

Rates from (inc tax)$206.03

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Discreet, sexy, arty


Seine-set tranquillity

The sleek but soothing interiors at Hotel Sezz in Paris’ 16th arrondissement could be straight out of Wallpaper* – which is no surprise since Christophe Pillet, one-time protégé of Philippe Starck, designed the furniture. Rooms feel simultaneously airy and sumptuous, thanks to the bold colour palette of the walls and the calculated use of frosted glass.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through 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)



Need to know


26, including 14 suites.


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


Double rooms from $206.03 (€189), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

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 (EUR208.25), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

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


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 from 8am to 9pm; Payot facials and massages are also available in the serene treatment room.

At the hotel

Spa Sezz by Payot, with 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 <i>carnet</i>. 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.


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


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

Food and Drink


Dress Code

<i>Comme tu veux</i> (but err on the classic side of contemporary).

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.


Hotel Sezz
6 Avenue Fremiet


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.


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.


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.

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 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.

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.



Anonymous review

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.

We loved

Great staff. This is a designer, boutique hotel and we appreciated the ambience the Sezz provides. We've been before! It's close to the Eiffel Tower and an excellent local restaurant (Le Sole?) we frequented often. 9/10

Don’t expect

Hotel is a little off the beaten path, though a block away from the metro or bus.


Stayed on 20 Jan 2016

We loved

The service,style and peaceful ambience. Small but classy elegance. Really helpful in organising every aspect of our stay with e mails from the concierge a few days before we arrived asking what they could do for us. Terrific. Great spot for walking along the banks of the Seine near the Eiffel Tower.

Don’t expect

Loads of kids. Hurrah


Stayed on 13 Oct 2015

We loved

The room, the decor and the huge bath. Staff were very friendly and they were very accommodating when there was a mix up with the booking

Don’t expect

Local parking - due to its location staff will take your car and park it for you. Its a good service.


Stayed on 26 Sep 2015

We loved

The chic hotel but warm and accomodating staff to our three year old daughter. Breakfast was fab.

Don’t expect

Children are accommodated for well by staff but there is glass walls in the room. Ok for us but others maybe put off. Close to tourist destinations and hotel is quiet but further to areas like st germain


Stayed on 8 Aug 2015

We loved

Proximity to the Eiffel Tower. Staff were phenomenal. Particularly Val. Very clean and contemporary. Very accommodating.

Don’t expect

The downstairs Spa was not fully functional.


Stayed on 22 Dec 2014

We loved

The hotel was very swanky, and we got great service.


Stayed on 12 Dec 2014

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.


Stayed on 8 Nov 2014

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