On a recent trip to Paris I had the pleasure of staying at the boutique Hotel Sezz, located in the 16th arrondissement, steps from the Seine, about 400 yards from the Eiffel Tower and just a few blocks away from the #6 metro. For all that, the small boutique hotel is located on a tranquil, very residential street, making for a more authentic Parisian experience.
Surrounded by other similar small-scale apartment buildings, the Sezz blends in with its classic-looking façade, but the inside is nothing but sleek, modern and pristine. Lacquered tables hold stacks of coffee table books and a curated selection of paintings and sculptures fills the lobby. I didn't use the flat screen TV or DVD library too much but the firm mattress was very comfortable. An abundance of natural light in the room during the day was easily blacked-out by curtains ensuring a good night's sleep. The best features of the room had to be to the French doors leading out to the balcony and also the huge bathroom which consisted of a dual-head shower, a three-foot deep square stone tub and Kiehl's products.
With 27 rooms and several suites—most with balconies and some with views of the Eiffel Tower—the hotel is small enough to provide each guest with a personal concierge assistant and just big enough to allow a sense of personal independence.
6 Avenue Frémiet
75016 Paris, France map
tel. +33 1 56 75 26 26