ANNE BOURGEOIS-VIGNON

Hidden Hotel

with ANNE BOURGEOIS-VIGNON
  • Where:Paris

  • 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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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

  • Life Changing

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Overall Value

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Stealable Stuff

  • Refer a Friend

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

  • Pool/Gym

    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.

  • Wifi

    Yes, free and easy.

  • 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.

Hidden Hotel

Hidden Hotel, 28 Rue de l'Arc de Triomphe, 75017 Paris, France

The Champs-Élysées’s ‘luxury convenience store’ is still the place to shop for Jerome Dreyfuss handbags, pick up some aspirin, and devour a Joel Robuchon steak—all at 2am.

Publicis Drugstore

Publicis Drugstore, 133 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France

The Champs-Élysées’s ‘luxury convenience store’ is still the place to shop for Jerome Dreyfuss handbags, pick up some aspirin, and devour a Joel Robuchon steak—all at 2am.

Breakfast at Hidden is not to be missed, but this patisserie (just around the corner on Rue des Acacias) is one of the best if you're croissant craving persists.

Maison Hardel

Maison Hardel, 31 Rue des Acacias, 75017 Paris, France

Breakfast at Hidden is not to be missed, but this patisserie (just around the corner on Rue des Acacias) is one of the best if you're croissant craving persists.

Hidden Hotel

Hidden Hotel, 28 Rue de l'Arc de Triomphe, 75017 Paris, France

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