Location: Right smack in the heart of Paris’ 1st arrondissement and a stone’s throw away from the tourist-site troika comprising The Louvre, The Tuilieries and the Jardin du Palais Royal. And that’s just the beginning. It is also within walking distance of the designer flagship store central that is Faubourg Saint-Honore, the jewellers of the Place Vendome, the Paris Opera and the yam’Tcha michelin-starred restaurant, among many, many other Parisian attractions. It doesn’t really get much more central than this.
Rooms: The Le Roch Hotel & Spa is a boutique hotel and as such only has 32 rooms and 5 suites, giving it a very warm, cosy and intimate feel. You know how in some large hotels you feel like if you’ve seen one standard room you’ve seen them all, and not just in that particular hotel but across all the hotels under that brand? This is most definitely not the case here. I was shown 5 rooms on different floors – in addition to the one pictured throughout this piece that I stayed in – and each of them seemed unique in its own way. Yet they were all unified by a clean, minimalist design featuring Carrara marble, Moroccan zelliges and walnut flooring showcased by lots of natural lighting. The hotel also feels like a gateaway tucked away somewhere on the outskirts of Paris despite being at the heart of it.
Standout feature: For me that would have to be the shower-bath-steamroom in one combo available in the deluxe indulgence rooms and suites that come equipped with a hammam. This allows one the rare treat of luxuriating in a bath after a long day of exploring the streets of Paris while at the same time enjoying the benefits of a steam room. Not too shabby!
Other facilities: The hotel only opened at the tail end of the summer, so most of its facilities are brand new. So new that the pool wasn’t yet in operation when I was there, as you can probably tell by the picture below. Other facilities include a spa (as the name suggests) and in-room spa services, a personal shopper service, 24/7 room service, a restaurant and bar and a concierge service helmed by the youngest Clefs d’Or concierge in the world.
The lowdown: The Le Roch Spa & Hotel, Paris. Prices available upon request from the hotel and are subject to seasonal and availability variability.