|Address||7 rue du Bourg-l’Abbé; 75003 Paris
by boulevard Sébastopol
|Neighbourhood||3rd Arrondissement – Marais | See on map|
|Metro||Étienne Marcel [M4], Réaumur-Sébastopol [M3, M4]|
|Price||From EUR 294|
The legendary Parisian bathhouse-turned-nightclub has reopened. Revamped and reinvented, the notorious landmark now also holds a 39-room hotel in addition to its restaurant, bar and private members’ club. And, somewhat surprisingly, Les Bains is as dependable for a good night’s sleep as for a good night out. It’s proper boutique luxe and not just a club with hotel aspirations.
A major part of the attraction is obviously to bypass the face control by playing the staying guest card at the door. The La Salle à Manger bar and restaurant space, open all day, every day of the week with a menu by Michelin-star chef Philippe Labbé, is already a hotspot and, if you were curious about fellow lodgers, hotel guests have exclusive use of a swank lounge with honesty bar for prying and hobnobbing.
Rooms, however, do not disappoint. Ranging from 23 to 33 square meters, they’re huge by local standards, many with balconies. The four suites, in addition to more space, come with private steam booths, too. Though the minibar is well-stocked, the feel is surprisingly bright and sober, minimalist with just a few retro design pieces for character and colour. Staying in doesn’t feel like missing out.
Onsite facilities are somewhat limited but you’re right in Marais and the front desk will happily arrange for gym passes and sort out any other needs. While service can be haughty in the public spaces, it’s impeccable when it comes to hotel guests. You may have had an impromptu kip in a bathhouse before; you’ll want to plan for one here.