In the last few years, Paris had been swamped by international luxury hotel brands, which have attempted to upend the primacy of Le Ritz, De Crillon, and other “palace” legends.
But we’re very much intrigued by what’s happening the next level down, where often more playful experimentation gets a proper airing. And indeed, Evok Hotels’ new Sinner property is about as provocative a hotel as we could imagine. But now the burgeoning hotel purveyor has unveiled something decidedly more elegant, with the debut of the plush new Cour des Vosges hotel, also in the Marais.
A genuinely anti-scene hotel, it has just 12 distinctly luxurious rooms, with pink and blue pastel furnishings, candelabra lamps, azure tapestries, and four-poster beds. And really, what wouldn’t you give to be able to stare out over the breathtakingly beautiful Place des Vosges from a leisurely soak in your clawfoot tub?
Downstairs, there’s Brach – La Patisserie for light bites by chef Yann Brys, a 2011 Meilleur Ouvrier de France recipient. And the plush Tea Room also boasts an outdoor terrace.
The whole experience is more akin to staying in the extravagant 17th Century mansion of a friend with incomparably excellent taste. And did we mention it looks out over the Place des Vosges?