As Audrey Hepburn famously said, ‘Paris is always a good idea’, and what better place to honour this than in the elegant Hôtel Daniel, conveniently nestled between the Champs-Élysées and Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré? This boutique hotel is set in a romantic, Haussmann-style building with a uniquely styled East-meets-West interior by designer Tarfa Salam. Each of the 26 guest rooms is individually decorated using an eclectic and seductive mix of hand-painted wallpapers, Chinoiserie, rich fabrics and carefully sourced furniture from around the globe. The result makes for a decadent and stylish stay.
The deluxe rooms on the sixth floor are the best of the bunch, in particular the Daniel Suite, which has views of the Eiffel Tower. Many of the rooms have traditional Parisian French doors opening out on to floral Juliette balconies, perfect for balmy summer nights.
One advantage of staying at the Daniel is access to the hotel’s eponymous restaurant, reserved for hotel guests only. Restaurant Daniel serves French classics including the unmissable roasted lobster in a smoked whisky sauce or roast pigeon with peas. The hotel bar is also the perfect spot for lounging pre- or post-dinner with a cocktail or two.
The hotel makes the perfect spot from which to discover the City of Lights and all its delights, such as the gardens at the Musée Rodin, people-watching over coffee in the Marais, long walks along the Seine or a show at Le Crazy Horse. Hôtel Daniel is just a 15-minute walk from the Louvre if you’re heading over to see the ‘Delacroix as a Model’ exhibition, or an equally quick stroll to Palais de Tokyo if you’re more interested in the Michel Houellebecq show.
But really, staying at Hôtel Daniel is a supremely indulgent, uniquely Parisian experience in its own right, so no one would blame you if you didn’t manage to get out to explore.