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Just like Cole Porter, we love the City of Light in the springtime… and we love boutique hotels in Paris. Hotel Sezz is the perfect place to enjoy the season: the fin-de-siècle façade gives way to industrial-chic interiors in couture-inspired colours (check out those Valentino-red carpets), and the Seine-side location makes for optimum sightseeing.
Style: Discreet, sexy, arty
Setting: Seine-set tranquillity
Why this week? The sun’s hitting the spotless boulevards, the Tuileries Gardens are in full bloom and the air is the ideal temperature for idling at a pavement café till the wee hours; it may be a hackneyed sentiment, but Paris in spring really is worth singing about. And, as if spring in the City of Light wasn’t enough, Hotel Sezz has a sweet-as-an-éclair deal offering 10% off city breaks. And if you’ll be flying, you can book your travel and stay with Smith’s brand-new bedfellows, British Airways.
Our favourite bits: The spa’s glowing red entrance and industrial grey tones make it feel like 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL 9000 will usher you to the hammam and gauge the temperature of the Jacuzzi for you; but it’s this anti-frippery approach that makes this space so appealing – no pseudo oases, no gilded lilies (in any sense), just a sophisticated space for your boy and inner tomboy to relax in. Overnight, Suite Eiffel is worth splurging on. This huge, 70sq m room’s Christophe Pillet-designed, bachelor pad tailoring and almost monochrome colour palette bring the cutting-edge style; but the begging-to-be-shared, deep-soaking bath at the foot of the bed and uninterrupted views of the Eiffel Tower add plenty of amour.
Mr & Mrs Smith say: “We were delighted that our base camp for this expedition was to be the recently conceived, ultra-modern Hotel Sezz, on the left bank of the Seine, a stumble from the Eiffel Tower. Tucked away in a quiet and conservative neighbourhood and hiding behind a classic facade, it was a surprise to pass through the glass doors into such a heavily designed luxury Paris hotel, straight out of the pages of Wallpaper*. Respected designer Christophe Pillet, one-time protégé of Philippe Starck, is the brains behind the furniture. His pieces lend a faintly masculine air, though in the lobby, for example, they are broken up with pastel colours and the occasional bit of floral decoration.”