Hôtel Bourg Tibourg: Marais Chic In Paris
There is no sign over the front door or anywhere else to indicate that behind the historic façade lies a stylish little hotel, Hôtel Bourg Tibourg. Smack in the middle of the Marais, on one of the area’s most charming little streets, Hôtel Bourg Tibourg is named for rue du Bourg Tibourg, where it is located alongside art galleries, chic boutiques, jewellery designers, and perfume shops the likes of which are found nowhere near a department store. Few people are aware of the existence of this small property with interiors by legendary French designer Jacques Garcia and owned by the famous Costes family, a name familiar to the Beautiful People of Paris since the 1980s thanks to the former Café Costes and other enterprises that drew the city’s arbiters of good taste to a series of social establishments over the years which have included several of the most sophisticated hotels in Paris.
Hôtel Bourg Tibourg is no different. The neo-Orientalist theme evident in the ground floor’s entrance, Reception area, and living room is carried throughout the property. A pocket-sized courtyard with a fountain and abundant vegetation invokes a sense of calm to match that created by the warm colours and eclectic decor of the interior. Upstairs, rooms can be small as is often the case in Paris, but the sense of being at home in the French capital is ample recompense. The junior suite on the sixth floor can be connected to the one other room on the same floor, thus providing a private, top-floor suite.
Hôtel Bourg Tibourg is the type of place favoured by independent-minded return visitors to Paris who seek a hands-off hotel experience in a great location. Though a light breakfast is served until a very civilised 11:30 in the vaulted room on the lower ground floor, there is no restaurant on the premises. This provides a good excuse for repeated visits to the exceptionally excellent Mariage Frères tea salon less than 100 metres away on the same street. Open for lunch and for afternoon tea, this is the original location of what has become a worldwide phenomenon, albeit a very exclusive one. Virtually every item on the menu at Mariage Frères includes tea as an ingredient. The unusually coloured Marco Polo blue tea can be served hot or iced; it is also one of the flavours of the delicious sorbets and ice creams that follow a meal. The exquisite Snob Salad is so popular that the name is copyrighted.