Picture a Parisian scene. Go ahead, grab that one that comes right to the forefront. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say approximately 98% of you will picture the Eiffel Tower. But lurking just around the corner from that pretty Iron Lady is another lady that just happens to epitomize that chic je ne sais quoi we associate so often with Paris. She’s la Parisienne, and serves as the muse to the chicest boutique hotel in the 6ème arrondissement, also known as La Parizienne.
It was my first visit to the City of Lights, and I’ll admit, I pictured that exact scene, all Eiffel Tower and shopping bags down Boulevard Saint-Germain. Just add big sunglasses and pouf! You have the same ideas I had about how I would spend time in Paris. Taline of Montreal-based photography studio Bessie & Coco Photography (who also happens to be my sister!) accompanied me and offered a fresh set of eyes to view this pretty little hotel from a different perspective. Did the adorable boutique hotel deliver? The answer, my friends, is a bit longer than the resounding OUI! that my inner voice is shouting. Let me tell you about La Parizienne!
Why La Parizienne?
I’m a big fan of approaching a space with a fresh, unique, and original perspective, and I find boutique hotels often fit the bill, and come with an attentive service that can be found in the more exclusive end of the accommodation scale. When I found the Parisian boutique hotel chain Elegancia had a hotel in Saint-Germain-des-Près, I wanted to experience their take on a classic Parisian neighbourhood hotel. La Parizienne not only did not disappoint in the service department (so friendly and so attentive!), its strong branding across the various spaces within the hotel delighted my senses. From the “Welcome | Bienvenue” sign on the front door to the room décor, this hotel does not miss a single beat in attracting and keeping you in that “Paris” state of mind. Every detail was deliberate and well done. The hotel is designed with a specific type of person in mind (you know, that Parisienne muse) and sprinkles details both small and big throughout the space to have you footloose and fancy free, which, incidentally, is what La Parizienne is all about.
La Parizienne is located a block North of the Montparnasse Tower on the expansive boulevard of the same name in the Southern end of Saint-Germain-des-Près. The 28-room hotel sits quietly in a row of Hausmann-style residences, with an insouciance only une Parisienne can embody while being totally chic. It also helps that the 6ème happens to be chic central! Home to the historic Odéon theatre, the twin eateries Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots, and about a ton of designer shops, Saint-Germain is one of the most affluent areas of Paris and home to the essence of La Parizienne’s muse.
Lobby & Reception
The black doors welcome you into the colourful world of the classic city girl. Understated décor in simple lines are accentuated by pops of colour, while illustrations by Polish artist Marta Fonfara adorn the walls with scenes from la Parizienne’s life. The reception desk is ready to greet you with a smile and does so every time you pass by. “I kind of like the life of this Parizienne,” I thought. Next to the reception desk is the Honesty Bar, an intimately lit space with a snack and drink bar waiting for une Parizienne to come and sip on some Kusmi tea while unwinding from the day’s shopping spree with friends. But of course, there was a whole lot more pretty waiting for me upstairs in my room!
Each floor of La Parizienne caters to a different “personality” designed to attract all range of budgets: La Curieuse, L’Audacieuse, La Radieuse, and La Capricieuse. Each “personality” offers a different room type with a different view, catering to the needs of the patron. We were a pair of “capricieuses” for the night, which meant we got a room on the 6th floor, facing Boulevard du Montparnasse. What greeted us behind the door was one of the prettiest rooms I’ve ever stayed in, with so many design details I kind of want to redecorate my condo when I get home!
The colour palette was a dark charcoal and light baby pink, with chrome details throughout the room. The room door was finished on the inside in a charcoal leather covering with beautiful diamond-shaped stitching. The walls were a lightly quilted dusty pink wallpaper. A feature of the wallpaper we couldn’t get over was that it was actually quilted: those diamond-shapes you see in the picture below were filled with what I can only assume is memory foam, making the wall pillowy. The bed, all king size and extra (and I mean extra!) comfy, was anchored by a black fabric with specks of sparkles woven through to give it and understated fab feel. The tiny accessories around the room – from the tissue box to the hairdryer – were all detailed in a chrome finish. The bathroom, though smaller than other hotel bathrooms I’ve stayed at, was a decent size finished in – what else – the chicest finishes I’ve seen. Black floor tiles married with white wall tiles, a matte white compact sink, and an inviting soaker tub. Bref, this was a room that made me feel pretty chic, but you expected that from La Parizienne by now didn’t you?
Floor -1 is the place to start your day, with a wide array of baked goods (croissants and pains au chocolat included, of course), cereals, yogurts, tarts, crusty baguettes, charcuterie, cheeses, and accompaniments (jams, olives and the like) spread out buffet style. If that doesn’t entice you to sit down for a bite, the cheerful room and French magazines just might do the trick. The room is decked out in white tiles with a few brightly coloured Spanish tiles dotting the space for a touch of whimsy. I grabbed a Madame Figaro to leaf through while I savoured my flaky croissants and sipped on a café au lait. Just the right way I like to greet the day awaiting outside.
True to its branding, La Parizienne has an address book filled with the best in the area. Restaurants, shops, attractions, you name it, she has a recommendation for it! The Montparnasse Tower is a stone’s throw away but if your interests veer more toward the Iron Lady (as I was), all you have to do is look to the North of the hotel and there she is! Talk about a view!
If you like the branded art as much as I did, there is a boutique next to the Lobby with some merchandise for sale: tote bags, mugs, and even some of the artwork can be brought home to remind you of the prettiest boutique hotel in Paris!
La Parizienne enjoys the lovely things in life, and I have to say, my stay at the beautiful hotel left me feeling as lighthearted as its muse and maybe just a that more chic! If you’re looking for a beautiful hotel with chic amenities, attentive staff, and a perfect location, La Parizienne is your best bet!
Portjam & Co. and Bessie & Coco Photography were guests of Elegancia Hotels, a boutique hotel chain based in Paris. All opinions in this review are my own.