If all the exciting news from Paris (the World Cup win! Beyonce and Jay-Z-themed tours at the Louvre!) has you itching to plan a jaunt to the City of Light, there’s a new luxury address to add to your rolodex. Just steps from Place de la Madeleine on rue de l’Arcade, an elegant five-star hotel called the Alfred Sommier has opened inside a hôtel particulier (or a nobleman’s mansion) once belonging to a prominent family of industrialists in the 19th century. The project is the brainchild of one of the descendants, owner Richard de Warren.
Hotel Alfred Sommier is named for the building’s first resident, who is famous for having bought and restored the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte outside Paris. This Haussmannian mansion is rich in original architectural details; think parquet floors, painted wall frescos, fireplaces, gilded mouldings, and a monumental staircase.
There are 80 guestrooms, including 20 majestic suites, equipped with marble bathrooms and contemporary technology. Top tip: on the fifth floor, there’s a suite that offers views of both the Eiffel Tower and the Butte de Montmartre. Six rooms have terraces overlooking the Paris cityscape.
The dining and five meeting rooms are just as elegant and refined. When the weather’s nice, guests can also enjoy chef Franco Miotto’s cuisine in the private garden; the menu highlights fresh seasonal products. Note: Les Caryatides restaurant is open for lunch and dinner from Monday through Friday. Hotel Alfred Sommier also has a bar, fitness room, and Clefs d’Or concierge.