So discreetly is SEZZ tucked away in a tranquil residential street we almost missed it—then its luxury rooms’ design wowed us with the confident red-blooded sensuality. Delightful and surprising, it’s a great spot in Paris’ 16e arrondissement.
There are thirty-seven bridges across the Seine, and one particularly picturesque is the Bir Hakeim bridge, with its distinctive elevated metro line. The bridge provides a pretty view towards the Eiffel Tower, which is basically just across the water.
It’s a quiet residential neighbourhood, with no department stores or restaurants: perhaps unusual location for an upscale boutique hotel. Nevertheless, from the Bir Hakeim it makes for a pleasant, albeit very short, walk to the SEZZ.
We were welcomed with smiles and champagne in a small ground floor lounge, meeting our Personal Assistant, who would take care of our needs and whims during the stay. This is one of those no-reception places.
Our first observation was on how gradual was the transition from the classic Parisian streetscape into the cool, luxurious hotel interiors.
The ground floor, with the glass entrance between two welcome parlours is fairly low-key. A bit deeper, the small breakfast space hints at a more inventive design, with its Veuve Clicquot champagne bar and cage-like booths.
But pretty soon we discovered that the real stars at SEZZ are the guest rooms.
Christophe Pillet, the designer who created the slightly retro vision for the Sezz Saint Tropez, gave the Paris property a very different look. This time he went for a cutting-edge boudoir chic, set in an essentially Parisian palette of slate, blue-grey and red.
Furniture is rather minimal, the chrome and red leather beds being the rooms’ dominating feature—but for us the sleek bathrooms were the highlight, with an oversized two-person stone jacuzzi bathroom.
Polished and visually striking, the design breaks away from the dominant in Paris historic style. Instead, it proposes a highly evolved urban aesthetic: masculine, chic, impeccable.
And it’s functional. Even the all-glass bedroom/bathroom separation manages to increase usability—in the pursuit of trendy design. Ah, and our bed was super comfy, too.
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