The French capital is synonymous with artwork, model and historical past – and as a customer, discovering a technique to expertise all three in a time-limited metropolis break will be one thing of a problem. 

For a whistlestop journey to Paris, I’d argue there’s virtually no higher location – no less than the place I’ve had the enjoyment of staying – than Lodge Maison Colbert. Tucked away simply off Quai de Montebello, which runs alongside the southern aspect of the Seine river, it takes mere minutes to stroll from the lodge’s charming reception to the enduring Notre-Dame Cathedral, beloved Shakespeare and Firm bookshop, and the famend cafe tradition of the Latin Quarter.

“Boutique” doesn’t get near doing this Meliá Assortment lodge justice. The spectacular constructing, which dates again to the sixteenth century, has the texture of a palatial gallery. Designed by Álvaro Sans and his daughter Adrianna Sans, Lodge Maison Colbert affords the chicness one would hope for when visiting Paris.

Why keep right here?

The lodge itself strikes that enviable Parisian steadiness between an effortlessly stylish aesthetic and luxury in its most luxurious type. Enter via the street-facing courtyard, missed by Juliet balconies and home windows trimmed with greenery, earlier than being welcomed within the decadent reception. Basic French furnishings provides greater than a little bit model to checking in.

Being a Meliá Assortment lodge, it’s solely truthful that there’s a little bit Spanish flare on present too. Every of Maison Colbert’s 39 rooms are impressed by a Joaquín Sorolla portray – a becoming selection, given Sorolla is dubbed “Spain’s Impressionist”, in response to The Nationwide Gallery. 

Every room or suite has been individually designed to maximise the area. Have a espresso and peer out the window to the Notre-Dame Cathedral, for those who’re fortunate sufficient to have a room with a view on it, or flick via artwork books and magazines whereas reclining on the magnificent beds. 

The pink velvet curtains in my room added a Moulin Rouge-esque flare to the atmosphere (which is simply a superb factor, in my view), and the en suites characteristic waterfall showers and opulent Rituals toiletries.

The hotel's Café Clotilde

Consuming and ingesting

Café Clotilde, named in tribute to Sorolla’s spouse, serves an intensive breakfast menu, with a buffet, cold and warm menu, and scrumptious cafe au laits (or whichever caffeine hit you would possibly require). Get pleasure from it within the fashionable eating room, or al fresco within the courtyard. 

For lunch and night fare, stroll only a few minutes across the nook from the lodge and also you’ll be offered with a bunch of various eateries catering to completely different budgets. Atelier Maître Albert is one which comes extremely beneficial by the lodge. With a menu designed round grilling and spit-roasts, it’s a feast for meat-eaters, and options altering every day specials relying on what’s on supply on the market.

Just a little additional into the center of the Latin Quarter, the well-known Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots combat it out for literary-lovers’ consideration. Each brasseries have hosted their justifiable share of creatives and intellectuals, together with Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway. Although a contact on the touristy aspect in consequence, it’s price stopping and watching the world go by with a espresso in hand – or one thing stronger.

The courtyard at Hotel Maison Colbert

What to do

After idling alongside historic Parisian streets and visiting the town’s unrivalled artwork galleries and most-famed sights, you may be after a barely completely different view of the French capital. There’s arguably few higher than these provided by a cruise alongside the Seine. 

Organized via Lodge Maison Colbert, you gained’t end up packed into one of many many tourist-laden ferries that traipse up and down the river every day. As an alternative, a a lot smaller (and extra comfy) vessel will will let you drift up the river at a extra leisurely tempo for a way more pleasurable expertise. 

And if vogue is extra your artistic outlet than literature, then there’s no higher place to precise it than in Paris. The historical past of couture is interwoven with the town’s, however experiencing this cultural legacy as a customer generally is a difficult process, except you occur to be visiting throughout Vogue Week.  

Lodge Maison Colbert has collaborated with Teran Conde, a Spanish model with its roots firmly planted in each Valencia and Paris, to supply company an unique alternative to be taught first-hand in regards to the artwork of couture. Spend a morning crafting a couture accent with designer Esperanza, utilizing conventional strategies and beautiful supplies to go away Paris with a memento that’s leagues above your run-of-the-mill fridge magnet… 

Lodge Maison Colbert, 7 Rue de l’Hôtel Colbert, 75005 Paris, France. Rooms begin from £302 per evening (B&B foundation); melia.com