The French capital is synonymous with artwork, fashion and historical past – and as a customer, discovering a strategy to expertise all three in a time-limited metropolis break may be one thing of a problem. 

For a whistlestop journey to Paris, I’d argue there’s nearly no higher location – not less than the place I’ve had the enjoyment of staying – than Lodge Maison Colbert. Tucked away simply off Quai de Montebello, which runs alongside the southern aspect of the Seine river, it takes mere minutes to stroll from the resort’s charming reception to the enduring Notre-Dame Cathedral, beloved Shakespeare and Firm bookshop, and the famend cafe tradition of the Latin Quarter.

“Boutique” doesn’t get near doing this Meliá Assortment resort justice. The spectacular constructing, which dates again to the sixteenth century, has the texture of a palatial gallery. Designed by Álvaro Sans and his daughter Adrianna Sans, Lodge Maison Colbert gives the chicness one would hope for when visiting Paris.

Why keep right here?

The resort itself strikes that enviable Parisian steadiness between an effortlessly stylish aesthetic and luxury in its most luxurious kind. Enter via the street-facing courtyard, neglected by Juliet balconies and home windows trimmed with greenery, earlier than being welcomed within the decadent reception. Basic French furnishings provides greater than a little bit fashion to checking in.

Being a Meliá Assortment resort, it’s solely truthful that there’s a little bit Spanish flare on present too. Every of Maison Colbert’s 39 rooms are impressed by a Joaquín Sorolla portray – a becoming selection, given Sorolla is dubbed “Spain’s Impressionist”, in line with The Nationwide Gallery. 

Every room or suite has been individually designed to maximise the area. Have a espresso and peer out the window to the Notre-Dame Cathedral, for those who’re fortunate sufficient to have a room with a view on it, or flick via artwork books and magazines whereas reclining on the magnificent beds. 

The crimson velvet curtains in my room added a Moulin Rouge-esque flare to the atmosphere (which is simply factor, for my part), and the en suites function waterfall showers and luxurious Rituals toiletries.

The hotel's Café Clotilde

Consuming and consuming

Café Clotilde, named in tribute to Sorolla’s spouse, serves an intensive breakfast menu, with a buffet, cold and hot menu, and scrumptious cafe au laits (or whichever caffeine hit you would possibly require). Get pleasure from it within the trendy eating room, or al fresco within the courtyard. 

For lunch and night fare, stroll only a few minutes across the nook from the resort and also you’ll be offered with a bunch of various eateries catering to totally different budgets. Atelier Maître Albert is one which comes extremely really useful by the resort. With a menu designed round grilling and spit-roasts, it’s a feast for meat-eaters, and options altering day by day specials relying on what’s on provide on the market.

A little bit additional into the guts of the Latin Quarter, the well-known Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots combat it out for literary-lovers’ consideration. Each brasseries have hosted their fair proportion of creatives and intellectuals, together with Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway. Although a contact on the touristy aspect consequently, it’s value stopping and watching the world go by with a espresso in hand – or one thing stronger.

The courtyard at Hotel Maison Colbert

What to do

After idling alongside historic Parisian streets and visiting town’s unrivalled artwork galleries and most-famed sights, you is perhaps after a barely totally different view of the French capital. There’s arguably few higher than these provided by a cruise alongside the Seine. 

Organized via Lodge Maison Colbert, you received’t end up packed into one of many many tourist-laden ferries that traipse up and down the river every day. As a substitute, a a lot smaller (and extra snug) vessel will help you drift up the river at a extra leisurely tempo for a way more pleasant expertise. 

And if trend is extra your inventive outlet than literature, then there’s no higher place to precise it than in Paris. The historical past of couture is interwoven with town’s, however experiencing this cultural legacy as a customer could be a difficult process, except you occur to be visiting throughout Vogue Week.  

Lodge Maison Colbert has collaborated with Teran Conde, a Spanish model with its roots firmly planted in each Valencia and Paris, to supply friends an unique alternative to study first-hand in regards to the artwork of couture. Spend a morning crafting a couture accent with designer Esperanza, utilizing conventional strategies and beautiful supplies to depart Paris with a memento that’s leagues above your run-of-the-mill fridge magnet… 

Lodge Maison Colbert, 7 Rue de l’Hôtel Colbert, 75005 Paris, France. Rooms begin from £302 per evening (B&B foundation); melia.com