ANNE BOURGEOIS-VIGNON

Hidden Hotel

  • Where:
  • Why:Last minute tickets to Beyonce and Jay-Z at the Stade de France prompted a weekend getaway.
  • When:September 2014
  • Who:Just me and my American boy.
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Hidden Hotel Midnight snack: freshly baked madeleines.

Midnight snack: freshly baked madeleines.

Hidden Hotel Natural form meets minimalist chic.

Natural form meets minimalist chic.

Hidden Hotel Organic textures and morning light in the bar & breakfast area.

Organic textures and morning light in the bar & breakfast area.

Hidden Hotel Small but perfectly formed courtyard for a sunny coffee.

Small but perfectly formed courtyard for a sunny coffee.

Hidden Hotel Natural linens shroud the bed.

Natural linens shroud the bed.

Hidden Hotel The best night’s sleep.

The best night’s sleep.

Hidden Hotel 19th century Parisian architecture belies a hidden eco-chic retreat.

19th century Parisian architecture belies a hidden eco-chic retreat.

Highs & Lows

  • Beds & Linens – the huge, four-poster beds are built into natural wood alcoves, shrouded in muslin, and kitted out with wonderful Coco-Mat linens and mattresses. Perfect for a long night’s sleep and breakfast in bed.

  • Staff & Service – the staff are friendly and helpful. Where did they find these people in Paris? Happy to recommend local bars, serve a late glass of wine, and help with logistics.

  • Peace & Quiet – not something you expect in the 17th, but Hidden pulls it off with remarkable aplomb. A relaxed and personal space without hotel stuffiness or tourist bustle.

  • One minimalist step too far – the eco-minimal design is lovely and laudable, but the rooms could do with a little more fleshing out. Not necessarily to the scale of Beyonce’s tour rider, but a minibar would be nice.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 40/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique concept hotel.

  • Vibe

    Quiet eco-minimalism, with a focus on carefully curated organic materials.

  • Location

    Tucked into a side street near the Arc de Triomphe, but perfect for navigating Paris’s most popular destinations, Hidden Hotel is a retreat of quiet luxury.

  • Rooms

    36

  • Music

    Low-key and discrete.

  • Year Opened

    The hotel was built in 2009 and underwent a renovation in 2012.

  • Designed By

    Elegencia Hotels

  • Health & Wellness

    Neither...but then again, this is central Paris.

  • Restaurant

    Organic breakfast and decadent late-night snacks (freshly baked madeleines and canapés) are served on rough wooden boards and soft linens in the intimate, design-forward lounge.

  • Bar

    Organic wines and cocktails by night give way to fresh juices and café au lait in the morning at Hidden’s purpose-built bar in the lobby: an intimate space filled with soft light, leather sofas, roughly hewn wood and the day’s papers.

  • Minibar

    No…99 luxuries, but a fridge ain’t one. Wine and nibbles are available to take up from the bar and water is provided in chic bottles.

  • Children

    Probably best left at home…unless she’s named Blue Ivy.

  • Price

    High-end minimalism—expensive, but expected rates for a central Paris boutique.

  • Website

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