Mr & Mrs Smith sent me off to Paris to visit a handful of boutique hotels. I had 23 hours in town, meetings all over the place, an ill-advised taste for Ladurée and an urge to traipse all the way up Montmartre. And it was the hottest day of the year – I fitted in three showers between arriving at the Gare du Nord and catching the Eurostar back to St Pancras, because marching around Paris in searing heat while trying to look vaguely presentable is difficult. My final visit was Hôtel Verneuil, and the relief upon entering such a cool, dark hideout was intense. Head to Mr & Mrs Smith to read my full guide, or scroll down for my Hôtel Verneuil photo gallery:
“With its dark wood panelling, exposed beams, atmospheric narrow stairs and monogrammed stained-glass windows, Hôtel Verneuil has retained plenty of original historic charm. It’s 21st-century reboot has added plenty of interesting design features, from the perfectly clashing turquoise and orange velvets you’ll find in combination here and there to the bundles and bundles of books everywhere, as befits the hotel’s Left Bank location and its literary heritage…” Read the rest in Mr & Mrs Smith’s guide.
WHERE TO NEXT? More hotel photographer posts, perhaps.