Hotel Saint Marc

This quirky Parisian hotel was reviewed for Holidays in Heels exclusively by interior design aficionado Dana Aljouder of ADANA Design (@adana.design) from Kuwait!

 

Tucked into Rue Saint Marc in the 2nd arrondissement, Hotel Saint Marc is a treasure trove of haute interiors and hospitality. Designed by Dimore Studio, the lobby echoes a glamorous 50’s era of brass, plaster pink, and colorful patterns.

11/04/2016, Paris, France: aménagement de l’hôtel Saint-Marc par le Studio milanais Dimore le centre de Paris.

 

Sweet Suite

Each room is uniquely designed, and bathrooms and closets are hidden behind seamless mirror and brass doors. While the bathrooms are decked in classic black and white tiles, the rooms are emblazoned in an emerald, fuchsia, baby blue or plaster pink.  Hotel Saint Marc is an interior designer’s heaven. Loaded with five star fabrics and finishes, the eccentric hotel displays the most contemporary and incredible accents.

 

Food-tastic

Though the breakfast options are not diverse, the setting is just divine. If you’re alone, you may sit on the velvet turquoise bench and enjoy a tranquil view of the courtyard. The design makes the Parisian cold feel oddly warm and Mediterranean.   

We went to Paris on a food trip, believe it or not – shopping came second if not third after art. We tried three Michelin-star restaurants back to back, starting with the infamous David Toutain. We devoured every bite of the 12 course menu – starting with pine-wrapped juniper mousse and ending with chocolate truffle served on a bed of chocolate shavings.

The next day we immersed ourselves in the 3-Michelin star vegetarian cuisine of master chef Alan Passard, whose infamous Chef’s Table episode had our mouths watering from the start. The truffle celery gnocchi and onion tart were to die for:

The highlight of our evening, however, was a visit from the Chef himself as we scraped away at an innovative kiwi millefeuille. On our third and most exciting dinner, we met Chef Kei Kobayashi who surprised us with his Franco-Japanese inventions. His vegetable salad was an explosion of flavors, and his lemon meringue was a tasty piece of art.

Last but not least, the first pastry we invited into our mouths would be our favorite eclair yet. The mascarpone-filled salted caramel eclairs at L’éclair de Genie are so heavenly we relished every flavor of the pastry’s fluffy and creamy texture.


Paris’s revival of Michelin star restaurants was not an understatement, and neither were the spacious rooms of Hotel Saint Marc. A holiday in heels it was, except we headed to the restaurants instead of the shops – and not a kilo went to waste!

 

#WhatToPack

Enjoy an epicurean holiday in Paris’s finest restaurants in this fun ensemble!

Paris Dining Adventure

 

 

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Guest Post by Rupert Wright of Ashbright
Welcome
 
Paris holds no terrors for well-heeled travellers, who can check into one of the city’s eleven palaces such as ­ the Georges V, Plaza Athénée, Le Bristol or my favourite, Le Meurice. But for those on any kind of budget, finding a decent place to stay in the French capital can be a challenge. Bedrooms smaller than a bathroom, bathrooms smaller than a bidet, we’ve all stayed at one of them and lived to regret it. So, it’s with great pleasure that I have found almost the perfect Parisian hotel – and you don’t need to be a tech billionaire to afford it. The Bedford has been family owned and run for more than a hundred years, combining Swiss roots, French flair and English tradition. It benefits from strong leadership, attention to detail, and a staff eager to look after you. With just 140 rooms, it is large enough to intimate, but not so large that you are anonymous. It’s a 4 star, but deserves more.
 
The rooms
 
Parquet flooring; high ceilings; comfortable beds and pillows; keys rather than plastic cards; and best of all, real switches, that turn the lights on and off. The Bedford has sensibly ignored many of the technical traps that can make staying in a hotel room more challenging than setting up your own satellite transmission site. The result is a place that combines understated elegance with modern touches and old school service. Some rooms overlook the rue de l’Arcade, others look over a courtyard, but all are a decent size and a muted colour. There is air-conditioning too, which is a relief when the summer strikes.
 
Eating
 
Breakfast is a buffet in a glorious belle époque room, boasting stucco reliefs and a glass roof. Dinner happens here too, French cuisine and fairly formal. There’s also a relaxed bistro/bar that serves meals and cocktails.
 
 
Location
 
A stone’s throw from the Place de la Madeleine, the Place de la Concorde and the Tuileries Gardens, and the Opera, this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. (Marcel Proust used to live just around the corner). It is a lively area, with great boutiques, wine bars and an eclectic mix of restaurants, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Lebanese and French too.
 
Don’t miss
 
The Bedford knows that many people like to travel with their pets, so they are allowed to stay too.
 
 
HOTEL BEDFORD, 17, RUE DE L’ARCADE 75008 PARIS Tel. : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 77 Fax : +33 (0)1 44 94 77 97 More information at www.hotel-bedford.com
 
Rooms from €250; Suites from €450

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