Welcome to Sinner Paris, the playful and provocative hotel hotspot in the hip Haut-Marais. The interiors, by Tristan Auer, are a thrilling mix of monastic and modern – cassock-clad staff will lead you by lantern down dimly lit halls, but once inside the bright bedrooms, there’s pretty parquet flooring, vintage vinyl turntables and even a yoga mat in the wardrobe. Downstairs, in the double-height public spaces, belles and bad boys share fusion food in the restaurant and sip Latin-inspired cocktails in the buzzing bar. If we say 50 Hail Marys, can we go back next weekend?
Double rooms from £311.99 (€349), 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 don’t usually include breakfast – it’s about €25 a person for Continental breakfast; choose from freshly squeezed juices, eggs made to order and perfect pastries.
The hotel’s boutique will be opening soon, selling a curated selection of curiosities in the crypt.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, free newspapers, free in-room movies and air-conditioning.
Our favourite rooms
The Deluxe rooms feel like your own Parisian pied à terre, filled with chic objets, original artworks and photogenic nooks.
The petite, surrounded-by-arches pool in the spa takes inspiration from Greco-Roman baths.
Hidden behind a studded door is Ablutio, the spa, steam room and hammam with a boundary-pushing treatment menu. Facials use Orveda products, a futuristic skincare range made with all-natural ingredients and based on the principles of Ayurveda. The body treatments were designed by Jimmy Jarnet, a celebrity masseur and personal trainer – try the Unio, which involves a blindfold and aromatherapy; or the Aurum, where you’ll be covered in 24-carat-gold oil. Just try not to think about Jill Masterson…
Don't worry about earplugs – all the bedrooms are well sound-proofed, so you can be sure of a good night's sleep (even if the rest of Paris is partying).
All common areas and a few Deluxe bedrooms are accessible for wheelchair users.
You’ll have more chance of hearing one another over the pulsing soundtrack if you opt for a table in the corner.
This is a safe place to go ‘extra’ (as the youth say). The more outré the better in this club-kid hangout.
Chef Adam Bentalha helms the hotel’s bright, high-ceilinged restaurant – the menu is a daring romp through South America, North Africa, Peru and Brazil, celebrating exotic street-food culture: dishes range from Berber tagine with octopus to tabbouleh, ceviches, curries and satay. Don’t sleep on dessert either – the classic French fancies are crafted by star pastry chef Yann Brys.
The heart of Sinner’s social life, the always-buzzing bar serves up Latin-inspired cocktail creations and fusion finger food, and has a live DJ most nights of the week. Try the Flos: gin, lemon, apple juice and coconut, or the Superbia, made with lemongrass-infused Pisco, pineapple juice and egg whites.
Breakfast is from 7am to 10.30am; lunch is from noon to 2.45pm; and dinner is from 7pm to 11pm.
There’s a late-night menu of soups, salads, pasta, pizza and burgers in case hunger strikes after dark.
You’ll find Sinner Paris on Rue de Temple in the hedonistic Haut-Marais.
Paris’ main air hubs, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, are both about a 40-minute drive from Sinner; the hotel can organise transfers for €200 each way.
The Eurostar departs frequently for Paris Gare du Nord from St Pancras International in London; once you arrive, the hotel’s a 20-minute taxi ride away. Direct trains from Brussels, Amsterdam and Cologne also terminate here. Hôtel de Ville and Arts et Métiers are the nearest Metro stations to the hotel.
If you really want to face the madcap ring roads – we don’t recommend it – there’s valet parking on-site for €45 a day.
There isn’t actually a hunchback in Notre-Dame, but you can visit the former home of the famous French writer who created him – the Maison de Victor Hugo is housed in a beautiful hôtel particulier (a mansion or townhouse) and includes photograph collections, drawings and texts.
Then, it’s time to shop for your own hôtel particulier (or studio apartment, as the case may be), filling it with finds from the concept stores and boutiques that line the streets of the Marais: Odetta Vintage is a vintage boutique where you can pick up pre-loved Chanel, YSL and Chloé, Merci is a concept store that stocks both retro and au courant design pieces, and The Broken Arm has the trends of tomorrow, underground magazines and a cool coffee shop.
Reservations aren’t easy to come by at Septime on Rue de Charonne – it’s run by Passard-trained chef Bertrand Grébaut, so if you get a table go all out and order the five-course tasting menu. Hip Vivant on Rue des Petites Ecuries has mural-tiled walls, and small plates to enhance its lengthy list of natural wines. Fine-dining fish restaurant Le Mary Celeste, on Rue Commines, keeps things fresh by changing its menu daily.
Overindulged? Detox at Bob’s Juice Bar or go try brunch at Holybelly – arrive early for teetering pancake stacks and fluffy eggs.
Think pink at Bisou, a cocktail bar with rose-coloured walls in the Haut-Marais where you order drinks based on your mood, not a menu. Andy Wahloo celebrates all things kitsch with neon-pink signage and fern wallpaper – pick your poison from the little cubbyhole shelves behind the bar, or choose from the cocktail menu of martinis, negronis, sazeracs and other tried-and-true classics.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this mischievous hotel in the Marais and said the rosary, a full account of their avant-garde city break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Sinner Paris…
Tired of being good? Then get thee to Sinner Paris, the naughtiest new address in the Marais. You’ll feel a frisson as soon as you step through the door – the drama is down to design provocateur Tristan Auer, who layered ecclesiastical pomp – an homage to the street’s history as the stronghold of the Knights Templar – with Seventies glamour. There are darkened hallways lit by stained-glass windows, a confessional booth and even a crypt, but the bedrooms are bright and colourful by contrast (though not exactly angelic – eyebrow-raising titles line the bookshelf and there’s a riding crop in the wardrobe in case you dabble in after-dark dressage). Head downstairs to join the Parisian party kids for exotic small plates in the fusion restaurant, then dance all night to the live DJs spinning in the bar. The next morning, push open a nail-studded door to find Ablutio, a purifying spa and hammam where you can at least buff your body clean. Not much they can do about your mind, though…