A Tribute Portfolio Hotel
What it is
A 58-room modernist hideaway with—wait for it—a pool.
What it isn't
Vanilla. Yes, it’s remarkably clean-lined for Paris. But it was designed by local starchitect François Champsaur to be the epitome of chic élégance.
What we think
Some guests find themselves befuddled the first time they walk into Le Metropolitan. The facade is a Francophile’s dream, a stuck-in time triangular monolith, with awnings lining her every window and an oval porthole gracing the penthouse. But inside, Champsaur created a timeless, effervescent design, where surfaces like brushed oak, Zimbabwe granite and lacquered metal are every bit as “now” as they are “then.” Eagle-eyed guests will spot artwork by George Rousse and Miguel Barcelo; the most tech-forward will appreciate the gratis high-speed wifi, loaner Samsung tablets and the dringme—a latter day virtual concierge available for your most persnickety questions 24/7.
You're here because
There’s nothing better in an urban hotel than a pool. Yes, they’re a staple of beach resorts, but you find them necessary after a day spent pounding the pavement. Pools are all too rare in Paris; and this one looks like it could be an art installation at the Pompidou— a 10-by-3 meter turquoise bath decked by walls of Capri marble and Zimbabwean granite.
Warmly ensconced by the fire at the hotel’s Le Metropolitan restaurant, listening to the chatter of Parisians from the neighborhood at every other table, you could almost forget you’re not a local. Sipping your vibrant cup of Mariage Frères tea, and waiting your turn from the dessert cart, you think you might just cancel your return flight and stay awhile.
Restaurants & Bars
- Le Metropolitan Restaurant & Bar - A warm, cozy inviting space offering all-day dining and exquisite art pieces
In the heart of the 16th arrondissement, just a few blocks from the Seine. The Eiffel Tower is a mere 20-minute stroll away, most of it through leafy parks.