Hôtel Dupond-Smith Paris: Five Stars In The Marais
Far from ordinary but close to everything, Hôtel Dupond-Smith has fast become the accommodation of choice for sophisticated visitors to Paris, especially repeat visitors already familiar with the charms of the Marais district, among the city’s most cosmopolitan areas. Rather surprising given the immense popularity of this chic section of Paris, the fashionable Hôtel Dupond-Smith is the only five-star hotel in the Marais. A stay here is a stay among smart fashion boutiques, trendy cafés, classic museums, and, not least, a happening vibe. The exquisite lunches and afternoon teas of Mariage Frères are just around the corner one way while the traditional Jewish restaurants and bakeries on rue des Rosiers, now joined by a growing number of elegant shops, are around the corner in the other direction. The role of the Marais as the centre of LGBT social life in Paris plays no small part in the area’s allure for all visitors. The bars, restaurants, clubs, and theatres of the Marais all contribute to make it a destination for locals and visitors alike to have a good time day and night.
Not only is Hôtel Dupond-Smith the smallest hotel in Paris to achieve five star status, it is, with a mere eight rooms, also the smallest hotel in Paris, full stop. Those eight rooms and suites are among the most coveted in a city not short of deluxe hotels. Visitors who want to stay in stylish surroundings right in the middle of one of the most appealing neighbourhoods love the intimate atmosphere and convenient location; a welcome bonus is the extraordinarily friendly staff who know no limit to their helpfulness. The low number of rooms means Hôtel Dupond-Smith is more like a private residence than a bustling hotel. Obviously, guests love it this way; who wouldn’t want to feel at home in Paris? The two standard rooms, three deluxe rooms, and three suites are decorated in inimitable French flair. Continental breakfasts can be taken in the lobby lounge or served in the room. A mobile phone equipped with the French travel companion service called Dringme provides complimentary calls anywhere in France and the European Union as well as the US and Canada, a boon for guests trying to coordinate onward travel plans or make arrangements for local outings.
Given the proximity of Hôtel Dupond-Smith to the Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée Picasso, and the galleries lining Place des Vosges, the hotel is particularly popular with the art connoisseurs who love its design aesthetic. Paris is full of hidden gems which make discovering the city so enjoyable as a travel destination. Hôtel Dupond-Smith is one of them.