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Afternoon tea is a highlight, with 7Eiffel’s chef pâtissier having had his training in Michelin-star properties.

A new Parisian island of light and texture

Stanley Moss finds 7Eiffel, a Left Bank hotel that delights in its use of light and texture, enriching visitors through experience, design and excellent service
PHOTOGRAPHED BY THE AUTHOR

 




Above 7Eiffel plays with light admirably, with each suite unique.

 

FOR A TASTE OF REFINEMENT AND CHARACTER on the Left Bank, the luxury traveller could do a lot worse than sample the hotel 7Eiffel, conveniently located in the area near École Militaire and Invalides. This 32-room boutique property, just over a year old, brings a particular vision to the four-star experience, offering up an island of light and texture with all the amenities, and some real bonuses.

As the owners—who hail from Bordeaux—say, ‘7Eiffel is a hotel for the art of living,’ a statement which I can heartily affirm. At €165 to €400 a night, the luxury traveller arrives with certain expectations, all of which are instantly met: inspiring modernist furnishings, abundant soft towels, plush robes, high-quality soaps and shampoos, free bottled water and in-room coffee, large room safe, business centre, loaner iPads and computers and free wifi everywhere, 24-hour room service. You will even find an outdoor cigar bar off the lobby, another small nod to the discriminating traveller.

This exceptional mix of aspect and attribute probably explains 7Eiffel’s 50–50 ratio of business and tourism, There’s something for every type of sophisticated traveller, and guests usually stay two to three days.

But with a multitude of four-stars to choose from in Paris, what distinguishes this property from others at a similar price? Few demonstrate such an emphasis on artistic interiors and bathrooms sensitively designed by and for women. Look closely at the details created by Parisian architects Anne Peyroux and Emmanuèle Thisy. The proof can be found in the preponderance of huge, full mirrors and the artful deployment of lighting in both the public areas, and in the rooms themselves, where entry, reading and make-up lamps are selected and placed with an expert eye. Every room is different, so the repeat guest is advised to sample a new one each visit. There’s an instinct for texture present everywhere, a succession of digital surfaces brought to life in a variety of inventive treatments.

A second area of distinction comes in the unexpected dimension of the culinary. While a beautiful breakfast, in the cozy dining room or en suite, is a perfect add-on to the room rate, the real surprise comes in an exclusive afternoon tea offering (the French call it l’heure du goûter), created by virtuoso chef pâtissier Matthieu Bijou, whose traditional financiers were perfected in the ovens of legendary Michelin restaurants. To accompany the delicacies, the hotel provides a specially selected champagne menu daily in the elegant lounge area.

Finally, 7Eiffel’s terrace is a hidden gem, a private rooftop space whose cozy seating groupings make a perfect spot to relax after a day of serious promenading. The terrace is open daily from 7 P.M. for drinks and light refreshment. Spacious enough to seat 30, it can also be reserved by guests or rented for private functions.

But light and texture are the keywords here, with four-star service and amenities joyfully added to the mix. You could pay double the price for a less distinctive experience in crowded tourist quarters, jostling with other opinionated travellers. Or you could relax in 7Eiffel’s carefully chosen illuminated and dimensional universe, refined and definitely in the best of taste. •

 

7Eiffel
17 bis, rue Amélie
75007 Paris
France
T 33 1 45 55 10 01
7eiffel.com
reservations@7eiffel.com

 




Above More of the rich textures in 7Eiffel’s interior design.

But with a multitude of four-stars to choose from in Paris, what distinguishes this property from others at a similar price? Few demonstrate such an emphasis on artistic interiors and bathrooms sensitively designed by and for women

 

 


Stanley Moss is travel editor of Lucire.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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