Paris is not short of classic luxurious accommodation, but places with quirky character are less easy to find. Hotel Seven is a fabulously funky place to stay, one of the most magical hotels I have ever discovered. This four star establishment is located in the city’s 5th arrondissement, next to the Latin Quarter and a short walk from the renowned rue Mouffetard, one of the oldest streets in Paris known for its shops and lively restaurants.
The entrance sparkles with tiny twinkling fairy lights providing mysterious light and shade. It is a small boutique hotel providing all the essentials and more for a cosy weekend away. On entering, I noticed the downstairs bar offering cocktails and a comfortable lounge for relaxing. The friendly girl at reception seemed genuinely delighted to welcome us to the hotel, and was even more thrilled to upgrade us to a suite. There are seven intriguingly themed suites on the website.
Rooms at Hotel Seven are indulgent but affordable, proving luxury doesn’t have to break the bank. The simplest room, Absolute Levitation, starts at 167 Euros a night; the most expensive of the suites, Lovez-Vous, costs a more painful 667 Euros. The hotel prides itself on the individual features and unexpected surprises in each room, and I am pleased to report that aesthetics always come first at Hotel Seven.
We were lucky to be staying in the On-Off Suite, a world of wonderful white luxury. Created by Paul Mathieu, this suite explores the wonder of travel, and depending on your mood can be transformed – using just one switch the appearance is altered. The design is impressively modern and yet sophisticated and subtle. The interior is a playground for guests, versatile and adaptable with an element of fun.
Other buttons control the clever lighting and reveal or conceal individual areas of the room. The fresh white colour theme is used throughout the room, with soft and appealing materials used everywhere. I was a big fan of our fluffy cream carpet and the futuristic leather chairs in the lounge area of the room.
An unmissable feature is the elegant white canopy bed. Draped around in thin white cloth and stacked with sumptious pillows and bedding, it was a dreamy place to sleep. Hidden behind the bedpost are more switches for total on-off control!
The bathroom is similarly spectacular, with a grand white bath (with varied coloured lighting), a huge sink, soft bathrobes and a generous variety of L’Occitane toiletries. The only thing lacking was a proper shower, instead you had to use the small portable shower head in the bath, which seriously risked flooding the bathroom floor .
Other amentities ensure your every need is catered for: free Wi-Fi, a Nespresso machine, Air Conditioning and an iPod base.
Breakfast is served downstairs in an intimate dining room, a wide selection of fresh pastries and other continental treats are on offer.
I’ve only just left Seven Hotel and already I’m desperate to plan a return visit. With six other suites to experience, including Alice in Wonderland, 007 and Marie Antoinette themed rooms, it will be a while before I’m bored of this hotel.
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