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Maison Colbert, Paris, France
Part of the Spanish-owned Meliá Collection since December 2021, this handsome boutique hotel in the heart of Paris rises to five floors with 39 contemporary rooms and suites set around a charming courtyard café. The style is sophisticated and enhanced by abundant and enchanting reproductions of high society portraits and scenes painted by the Valencia-born Impressionist Joaquín Sorolla. The writer Simone de Beauvoir lived here and the proximity to the Sorbonne university, Notre-Dame cathedral and the haunts of Left Bank artists makes Maison Colbert an ideal base for a culture-seeking short break. While facilities are limited, with no spa, fitness centre or restaurant for dinner, the hotel's diligent staff, decent breakfast and pampering rooms create a memorable five-star sanctuary.
The French author and feminist pioneer Simone de Beauvoir (1908-86) lived in this building, penning two landmark works, The Second Sex and The Mandarins.
You're minutes from the River Seine and Notre-Dame Cathedral to the north, and the Panthéon and Luxembourg Gardens to the south.
By plane: flights from London or Manchester to Paris Charles De Gaulle take 1 hour 15 minutes and the hotel is 40-minutes' drive. skyscanner.net
By train: Eurostar from London to Paris Gare du Nord takes 2 hours 20 minutes and the hotel is a 20-minute drive. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Suited to fans of art, literature and history, visitors who want to tune into the cultured ambience of the Left Bank and Spanish-speakers. This charming boutique hotel couldn't be more central and is popular for weekend breaks. Some rooms have a sofa bed that could accommodate a child.
Service & Facilities
Guests have complimentary use of the Press Reader app which lets you download a wide range of newspapers and magazines.
- Free Wi-Fi
Decorated with window boxes trailing ivy, the upper floor guest rooms that look down on to the courtyard are especially light and attractive. There is a dedicated guide available in English that tells you more about the Sorolla paintings used in every room.
Style, Singular, Singular Extra, Elena Sorolla Suite, Maria Sorolla Executive Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, coffee machine, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
A relaxed breakfast is served here that combines a basic buffet with à la carte dishes such as scrambled eggs and avocado on toast. You can fire up your breakfast with a complimentary glass of cava paired with delicious fresh croissants and pains au chocolat.
Café Clotilde: café, tea-room and cocktails, French cuisine. Dishes include toasted sandwiches, charcuterie and pastries. Open Wed-Sun for lunch.