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41, ave. Pierre 1er de Serbie (8th Arr.)
(33) 01-53-23-75-75 | www.hoteldesers.com
FOODRestaurant - minimalist elegance, seasonal terrace; 24-hour room service
DRINKS'Bar - refined yet hip jazz and cocktail lounge
ROOMSContemporary-meets-classic design; original 19th century paintings; some have spacious marble baths
PRICE (STANDARD DOUBLE)EUR 460-590
# OF ROOMS52
CONNECTIVITYYes - Wi-Fi available
GYMYes - small but well-stocked
SPANo - but sauna, hammam, and in-room massages available
METROAlma-Marceau; George V
The striking contrast between gilded 19th century grandeur and mod 21st century minimalism at this elegant Hausmannian manor makes for a fun change from the usual historicized take on luxury in this town. While it seems no Paris hotel would be complete without a gilt-framed oil painting or two (this place has an immense portrait gallery full of them), L’Hôtel de Sers proves that it is possible to ditch the red velvet drapes and Louis XVI antiques without sacrificing on ambiance. Keeping with the old-meets-new theme, the slick restaurant and bar pair thoroughly contemporary atmospheres with more classic takes on cuisine and cocktails.
GO HERE WITH
Significant other; colleagues
WHY WE LIKE IT
When we’re not in the mood for the glitzy grandeur of George V, this petite, discreet boutique just around the corner provides a lovely, low-key alternative. Plus, the offbeat blend of gilded classics (like 19th century portraits) with slick minimalism (think mod Jetsons-esque loungers) is fun. We like that the rooms stick to clean, modern lines and bright, happy colors.
AMENITY WE LOVE
The bath service. The perfect cap to a day of pounding the pavement (and flashing the cash) in this boutique-laden district is to soak in one of their scented baths. (We like ours with lots of bubbles.)
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Extras, like breakfast, are pretty pricey.
GOOD TO KNOW
The restaurant is impressively versatile–it would easily work just as well for a power lunch as for a relaxed snack. One for the history buffs: back in the day, this was the private residence of the Marquis de Sers. After that (from the 1930s to the early 2000s), it was the Hotel Queen Elizabeth.
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