When visiting Paris the saying “more is more” often applies. More food, more wine, more shopping. And when it comes to its hotels, it seems the more exuberant the interior design the merrier. After all, this is a city of style and many of its boutique hotels famously layer colour, texture and pattern – none more flamboyantly than Hôtel Thoumieux, designed by India Mahdavi.

This property on la Rive Gauche (the Left Bank) wonderfully marries the modern traveller’s digital needs with old-fashioned comforts: all rooms come with a flat-screen TV, iPad and iPod dock, while freshly baked cookies from Michelin-starred chef Jean-François Piège’s Brasserie Thoumieux wait for you you upon check-in. The white-marble bathrooms and Aesop products seal the deal.


The Left Bank’s 7th arrondissement lies just below the river Seine and is one of the most prestigious districts of Paris owing to its wealth of government buildings and residing dignitaries. It is also home to the city’s premier visitor attraction, the Eiffel Tower.

79 Rue Saint-Dominique, Paris

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