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Fancy a gourmet break in Paris? Arrive hungry at Hôtel Thoumieux to dine on organic fare at its recently re-styled Restaurant Sylvestre – helmed by name-droppable chef Sylvestre Wahid. Then slink upstairs to slumber in the hotel’s bold boudoirs, designed by equally renowned designer India Mahdavi. Ah, c’est bon

Hôtel Thoumieux Paris, Hotel of the week

WHY THIS WEEK? The restaurant at Hôtel Thoumieux’s new makeover hails the arrival of chef with a rep Sylvestre Wahid. Previously trained in France and New York, Wahid honed his expertise in highly successful kitchens, including a nine-year stint at Michelin-star-holding Baumanière (a Smith favourite). At Restaurant Sylvestre his team crafts pretty plates with flavourful organic ingredients.

OUR FAVOURITE BITS Get an exclusive view of kitchen by dining at the marble-topped counter by the chef’s station. The rainbow of salts at each table – blue Persian, pink Himalayan sea salt, and black salt from Hawaii – show the team’s dedication to detail. 

WHAT YOU SAY… ‘I loved absolutely everything about Hôtel Thoumieux. It’s chic but not at all snooty. The place is beautifully designed, and the rooms are gorgeous and smell amazing thanks to their lovely scented candles. I was in Paris to run in a half marathon so it was important to me that the room was comfortable and quiet, and I wasn’t disappointed. The Aesop toiletries in the bathrooms were a big plus as well! The staff was extremely helpful. And, it’s in a great location! I’m ruined for Paris now – I could never stay anywhere else!’ Amelie, Blacksmith, stayed 28 February 2014

MR & MRS SMITH SAY… ‘If India Mahdavi provides the style, the two restaurants provide the substance. You’d be forgiven for forgetting this is even a hotel for a moment, given the quality of food the kitchen turns out. First off, there’s the low-key brasserie, all dark and moody reds and greens, mirrored walls and gleaming brass; manned by a clutch of handsome waiters. The stakes are raised upstairs in the Michelin-starred restaurant.’ Read the full Hôtel Thoumieux review.

Craving a gourmet hotel break? Then start planning your weekend in Paris and stay at Hôtel Thoumieux, or browse through our Parisian collection.

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