JK Place Paris is the first foray outside the motherland for the haute Italian hotel group. Ever the perfectionists, they scoured the city high and low for the perfect pied à terre (searched for five whole years, in fact), before planting their Place in a former embassy on the quiet Rue de Lille, très pres to the city of light’s most classic sights. Thanks to designer Michele Bönan’s avant-garde mishmash, every space (from the ravishing reception rooms to the subterranean spa) feels sumptuous and colourful – more opulent home than grand hotel. The residential appeal, coupled with JK’s effusive Italian service, will soon make you feel like one of the in crowd.
Check-in is from 3pm and check-out is at noon. Both can be flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £736.08 (€858), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.75 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include a full breakfast – choose between the à la carte offering or the (almost) too-beautiful-to-eat buffet.
The gym is outfitted with the latest Technogym equipment and weights. Private fitness classes can be arranged on request.
At the hotel
Gym, free WiFi, free newspapers. In rooms: TV, free soft drinks, bottled water and snacks, Alma K bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Thanks to designer Michele Bönan, the bedrooms mix Italian va-va-voom with a jot of je ne sais quoi. Each has its own individual design but common threads include mid-century motifs and oversized geometric rugs. We're particularly partial to the Junior Suite, with its Pinterest-worthy parquet flooring and marble-clad ensuite bathroom.
Unusually for Paris, this townhouse totes a sleek heated indoor swimming pool in the subterranean spa.
Choose from rejuvenating facials or de-stressing essential-oil massages in the boutique spa. There’s a sauna and a steam room too, for sweating out your sins.
Make Parisian style mavens Emmanuelle Alt or Caroline de Maigret your pinup girls. Gents: you can’t go wrong with Italian suiting.
All public areas and two Deluxe bedrooms are accessible for wheelchair users.
In winter, take a seat by the fireplace for a romantic tête-à-tȇte.
Anything but normcore – this is a place to peacock.
You may recognise Casa Tua’s contemporary Italian sharing plates from their glamorous Miami or Aspen locations. If so, you’ll be relieved to see that the beloved homemade burrata, tagliolini with caviar and whole roasted branzino are all intact on the menu in their first outpost outside the US. The feel here is more French countryside than inner city, with quaint objets and an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs at work.
The hotel’s see-and-be-seen downstairs lounge is the fashion set’s preferred address for conversation and cocktails (expertly mixed negronis, to be specific).
Breakfast is 7–11am; lunch is from noon to 2:30pm and dinner is 7–10pm.
The full restaurant menu is available as room service during opening hours. There’s a reduced menu available overnight too, in case hunger strikes after dark.
You’ll find JK Place Paris steps from the Seine in an elegant former embassy building on the tree-lined Rue de Lille. Here, in the storied 7eme Arrondissement, you’re moments from the Musée d’Orsay and a jaunt from the Jardin des Tuileries.
For domestic flights within France, Paris’ Orly is the one, a 30-minute drive from the hotel. If you’re flying from further afield, aim for Charles de Gaulle, a 40-minute drive away. A taxi from the airport will cost about €55, or the hotel can organise car transfers from €190 each way.
Manoeuvre the city by Metro – the Assemblée Nationale stop is practically on the hotel’s doorstep.
You won’t need a car to explore Paris, where ambling aimlessly is almost the entire point. If you are wielding wheels, there’s public parking not far from the hotel at Tour Maubourg.
Worth getting out of bed for
You could spend an indulgent morning moving from the bountiful breakfast spread to the spa for languid laps in the indoor pool and youth-infusing facials. When you’re fed, bathed and dewy faced, Paris’ beauty beckons. Start with the Musee d’Orsay, home to the world’s largest collection of Impressionist masterpieces – it’s right on your doorstep, so you only need nip next door to feast your eyes on Cassatts, Caillebottes and Corots. From there, stroll across the Pont Royal to find the Louvre on your right and the Jardin des Tuileries to your left, home to the Musee de l’Orangerie, where you’ll find eight of Monet’s Water Lilies murals.
Next, canter down the Rue Cambon, one of Paris’ most legendary shopping boulevards, to the fashion phenomenon concept store Nous. Set up by former Colette collaborators, this is the place to spy on tomorrow’s trends: high-tech gadgets, sell-out street wear and wacky watches. Toast your new purchases by pulling up Papa’s favourite seat at Bar Hemingway in the Ritz Paris (order the Serendipity, made with apple juice, Calvados, champagne and fresh mint) but don’t try to match his quantities – according to legend, he once drank 51 dry martinis here.
Have a well-heeled lunch at Ralph’s, an American café attached to the Ralph Lauren shop with alfresco seating in a charming courtyard. It’s worth the squeeze at Vivant, the vivacious but miniscule wine bar and restaurant not far from the Folies Bergère. By night, visit fellow Smith spot Hȏtel National des Arts & Métiers in the Haut Marais for cocktails at its hallowed Herbarium bar where the drinks are inspired by vintage perfumes.
My family and I have stayed at JK Place in Capri every summer for years, and every year I count down the days until we get to go back. So knowing that a JK was going to be a mere train ride away from London was extremely exciting.
Having said that, between a delayed opening, lockdowns, travel restrictions and Brexit, getting to Paris to stay there was not as straightforward as I’d hoped. Luckily, both stars and lateral flow tests aligned and we finally made it over to spend a few days in sunny autumnal Paris.
JK Place Paris, like all JK hotels, maintains the perfect combination of being both impeccably chic and feeling like you’re walking into someone’s welcoming home. Everything from the art and books, to the choice of (free) bar snacks is so effortlessly tasteful and well curated.
When we arrived at the beautifully understated building, complete with classic Parisian courtyard, we were greeted by typically friendly JK staff who were eager to show us around. Once settled into our suite (ridiculously elegant, just like everything else), we were ready to get out and enjoy the city.
Walking aimlessly around foreign cities is one of my absolute favourite things to do, and there’s no better city to do it than Paris. The hotel is on the left bank of the Seine, right next to Musée d’Orsay and across the river from Musée de l’Orangerie and the Louvre, so should you want to take a less aimless walk, JK is right in the artistic thick of it.
After a cliched afternoon of drinking wine, eating croque monsieurs and people-watching outside a café, we headed back to the hotel to change before going out to do it all again for dinner. When we arrived there was a cocktail party in one of the hotel bars that was densely populated with beautiful, interesting looking Parisians, which seemed fitting for such a beautiful, interesting place.
The next morning started with a truly incredible breakfast in our room that looked so good I’m embarrassed to admit how many photos of it I took before actually eating it. Once I had indulged in being a millennial for long enough, it was time to go to Paris Photo, a photo fair that I’d been looking forward to since the last one in 2020 was cancelled.
This year, Paris Photo was held at Grand Palais Éphémère, which is right next to the Eiffel Tower, and a short walk down the river from JK Place. In all the many, many times I've been to Paris, I’ve actually only been up close and personal to the Eiffel Tower once – the idea of swarms of tourists (myself included) has always put me off. However, it would seem that nothing thins out a crowd like a pandemic, so I very much enjoyed the rarity of getting to visit Paris’s most famous landmark without quite so many selfie sticks.
Between the photo fair and the aimless walking, by the time we got back to the hotel after dinner and drinks in Pigalle, it's safe to say we were exhausted. But walking into the dimly lit lobby and up the beautiful wooden staircase to bed, it really did feel like coming home. Although, sadly, at home I’m not often greeted after a night out with amazing mini desserts from Casa Tua that have been left in my bedroom – something that we got very used to.
Thanks to Covid and the length of our trip, there were some things the hotel offered that we didn’t get a chance to do. Which is ok, as I have a feeling it won’t be long before I’m back to use the spa, gym and indoor pool you wouldn’t guess was hiding in the basement.
I was never in any doubt that my long standing JK love affair would be extended to their Paris hotel too, but the reality of it was even better than I had imagined. Not just because the hotel is beautiful (which it is), and because the staff are lovely (which they are), but because in a time where travelling and being away from home can be complicated, it's so important to stay somewhere that makes you feel looked after and considered; where you feel familiar even when you haven’t been there before.
As I sat on the Eurostar going home, I genuinely felt sad to leave Paris this time. After months of lockdowns and restrictions and missing the freedom to travel with the people we love – something we’ve all taken for granted in the past – it felt monumental to get to do it again. In the future, any time I catch myself complaining about delayed flights or long queues at passport control, I will stop and remind myself of a time when the only thing to queue for was pasta rations outside Sainsburys. The PCRs and passenger locator forms are always worth it, and Paris is always a good idea.