Originally the dire Central Hotel and bar, which was later converted into the drab Hotel de la Bretonnerie, the Dupond-Smith has definitely turned things around. Its name might be composed of two of the most common names in France and England, but this stylish little cocoon has got our attention. The hotel sits in a prime spot right in the heart of Paris’ ‘bobo’ (bohemian-bourgeois) Marais quarter and a short stroll away from the famed Île de la Cité along with the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral.
Emulating the atmosphere of an exclusive members’ club, the Dupond-Smith is the perfect bolt-hole for guests who are looking for complete discretion whilst being free to enjoy the hotel’s facilities like breakfast served from 7.00am until 4.00pm, and a bar that has a great selection of wine and champagnes. There is also room service for cravings afterhours.
Chic with a slick with understated style, the Dupond-Smith aims to be a secret sanctuary – although we have a sneaking suspicion it isn’t going to stay incognito for much longer. It consists of just eight rooms (including four suites), all individually designed and named after the aliases of famous writers or film directors, which emphasise the hotel’s focus on privacy. Choose whether you wish to be Incognito in a superior room under the eaves, or remain Intuitu in a private suite with separate lounge. The room Joseph L’Estrange comes with a small balcony to be enjoyed in the warmer months. All rooms come with flat-screen televisions, iPod docks and complimentary WiFi. The bathrooms have Maison Margiela bathrobes and Diptyque toiletries.
Although decorated in a mélange of eclectic styles including Philippe Starck chairs and Hermès wallpaper, the result is a soothing fusion of pieces by some of the world’s best artisans.