SO/Paris hotel: the height of glamour

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SO/Paris, a new luxury lodge on the Rive Droite, is bringing an injection of glitz to a quiet stretch of the 4th arrondissement earlier acknowledged for remaining a ghost city between Bastille and the Marais. With possibly the best sights of the whole metropolis and rooms starting up at €500, it positions alone as becoming a “five-star resort, but not a Palace hotel” — an significantly common way of demarcating itself from much more trad luxury choices — and is making waves between a nicely-heeled intercontinental trend established, who block-booked it for the past two Paris style weeks. Followers of the strike Netflix collection Emily in Paris have flocked to reserve space 1201, which stars for a nanosecond in collection 3 (filmed prior to the lodge even opened) — an encouraged piece of marketing. 

But it hasn’t usually been these a glamorous locale. Together with neighbouring Île de la Cité and Île St Louis, the space was the moment an island alone, recognized as Île Louviers, which was employed in the 18th century as a type of large woodpile for Paris’s timber. In 1841, Louis Philippe ordered it to be attached to the Rive Droite and it has remained so at any time since. 

The resort is part of a advanced on the Seine referred to as La Félicité, a former administrative making that also contains housing, business office area and a food stuff outlet © Thibaut Voisin

Established back from the Seine by one particular highway, SO/Paris occupies 1 facet of a reimagined 1960s intricate of administrative offices, which was greenlit in 2014 as component of mayor Anne Hidalgo’s “Réinventer Paris” task to carry lifetime to dormant locations of the city. The complex is now recognised as La Félicité, a mini village that prides itself on its mixité, comprising housing — each social and private — a crèche, youth hostel, a number of floors of business room and a incredibly excellent boulangerie.

SO/Paris by itself has been created by RDAI architects to be timeless still à la method — a challenging combination that they get mostly correct. A significant-ceilinged retro-futuristic foyer sets the tone with walls of orange mirrors and wide terrazzo and concrete pillars. The only jarring component was a seasonal capsule selection from section retail store Printemps exhibited in just one corner. Workers uniforms — they desire the phrase “vestiaire” or wardrobe — consist of silky short dresses for ladies and, for examine-in employees, colourful takes on the vintage Breton jumper from Patou. 

One of the hotel’s ‘Iconic – Paris Skyline’ rooms, with a view towards the Eiffel Twoer
A single of the hotel’s ‘Iconic — Paris Skyline’ rooms © Gaelle Le Boulicaut Photographer

Accommodation is between the seventh and 14th flooring, and room types are in accordance to see fairly than area measurement (even though there are a variety of suites too). My room on the 14th flooring was in the leading “Iconic — Paris Skyline” classification (the following is “Rooftop” with sights around Bastille, and the more vaguely named “Collection” rooms are the lowest priced). It was much larger and lighter than any other Parisian resort place I have stayed in — I invested most of my time with my experience pressed to the window looking down around the unbelievable views of the Seine as it forks close to picturesque Île St Louis, and figuring out Rive Gauche landmarks: the dome of the Panthéon, the Tour Montparnasse and, further more absent if I genuinely craned my neck, the Eiffel Tower. Even when sitting up in mattress, I could nevertheless glimpse down on the constant stream of bateaux mouches and other vessels purring earlier. My take a look at coincided with a grève nationale (countrywide strike) working day, and even nevertheless from my 14th-flooring eyrie, I felt wholly removed from the action, I could nevertheless hear police sirens by means of the double glazing and make out the slow march of a manifestation on the quai reverse. 

The area alone was cosily modern, with a slatted beechwood wardrobe and drinks cabinet, a Bluetooth speaker in the variety of a large bulldog and (non-detachable) Codage shower merchandise in the en suite. A bedside cellular phone prompt a variety of products and services from “City Guides” and “Neat and Tidy” to Bonnie restaurant for area provider minibar gentle drinks ended up provided, but absolutely nothing more robust. 


The wraparound rooftop terrace of Bonnie restaurant, with its mirrored covering
The wraparound terrace of Bonnie cafe © Ricard Romain

Bonnie, operate by Paris Modern society, a independent entity from the hotel, is a super- scene-y bar/club/restaurant throughout the top two flooring, with 360-diploma sights and Paris’s most Instagrammable balcony. Whilst an outstanding breakfast there is included (if you reserve at the level of scheduling your place), there are no guarantees as a hotel visitor that you will instantly be seated for lunch or meal, as word is out on this amazing new standpoint on the town, so you need to reserve perfectly in advance.

An upscale French cafe with “the New York touch”, the menu includes Caesar salad, lobster rolls to share, well-finished classics this kind of as sole meunière, asperges blanches (when in time) and snails in parsley butter, as effectively as pleasurable hybrid innovations such as “Paris New York”, a acquire on the Paris-Brest with a crunchy peanut topping. The wine list reflects this cultural exchange as well, with a decent by-the-glass variety like Sancerre, Chablis and, from Francis Ford Coppola’s vineyard, a creamy Californian Chardonnay also. 


The gold-coloured sauna in the hotel’s spa, with a bronze marble counter in the middle
The hotel’s ‘small but groovy’ basement spa . . . 
A bed in a treatment room in the spa
. . . which is run by French natural skincare brand name Codage

Once more, individual from the resort, but with an entente cordiale, company can e book into a small but groovy spa on flooring minus-1. It’s run by Codage, a all-natural skincare manufacturer that started in the nearby Marais, and therapies are bespoke to your demands with a vast assortment of serums for each and every pores and skin variety. On my check out, the therapist fired up the hammam for me so I could sweat out the Chardonnay right before my really great facial. The playlist was so neat that I tracked it down on Spotify to hear to when strolling throughout the city afterwards. 

Conditioning centre

Next to the spa is a health and fitness intricate with a health club and an eye-catching pool that is not owned by the hotel, but is open to attendees. Get in touch with 1st prior to you pad down there in your robe and slippers on my check out, there was a two-hour children’s swim session. It may well not have the exact same stage of luxe as the lodge earlier mentioned, but a 20-metre pool in Paris is not to be sniffed at. 

  • Superior for: Amazing views throughout the town recognizing supermodels

  • Not so very good for: Individuals on a spending plan, and place is not tremendous-central, though practically nothing is significantly in Paris

  • FYI: Baths in suites only. The cafe and bar is different, so book well in advance there is an unspoken costume code — no shorts!

  • Rooms: 162 which includes 22 suites

  • Double: From €500

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Rebecca Rose was a visitor of SO/Paris hotel.

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