This 7th arrondissement boutique hotel is unlike any other “typical” Paris stay: Le Cinq Codet offers an experience of Parisian living anchored decisively in the moment, rather than constantly referencing the past.
In a neighbourhood peppered with historical buildings yet largely devoid of heritage luxury hotels, the converted 1930s telephone exchange is the Codet’s only obvious historical citation—in particular, its austere wrap-around Art Deco façade.
Inside, the hotel has a strong residential ambience, starting from the filled with books lobby, through comfortable courtyards, and ending with the duplex studios, one of which we stayed in. Using a chic, quasi-modernist style, the Codet invites to taste Parisian living as it is today.
The interiors are diverse in textures and forms. Architectural geometry plays an important role, both as a design statement and as a backdrop to the well-selected furniture and expertly curated art pieces. It’s a balancing act between the monumental and the informal, the lofty and the cosy—with emphasis on human comfort.
The ground floor makes the case. In the lobby, the cavernous space is furnished with long sofas and desks reminiscent of marble monoliths, which echo the monumental photographs of Rodin sculptures by Jean-Pierre Porcher. Above them, huge cubic lampshades transform the ceiling into a work of contemporary art. Yet the space is also welcoming, with soft pouffes and art books turning it into a quasi-residential lounge.
The lobby leads to a dining courtyard at the heart of the hotel. It’s a soothing natural shelter in an urban environment, with plants forming the protective canopy, above parasols and comfortable garden furniture with white cushions.
Behind the courtyard, conceived as its natural extension, is the lounge bar—a space full of personality, with an atmosphere of a loft studio. Eclectic and never dull, its furnishings include green and black sofas, pierced steel screens… and a virtual video fireplace.
Living Differently in Paris
To us, the hotel’s real identity comes through the stylish duplexes. Ours was small—which is not particularly surprising in Paris—but it felt luminous and airy. Again, it comes across more as a studio apartment rather than a hotel suite. The strip windows, high ceilings, as well as references to industrial design, amplify the residential character. The soft palette of natural oak, ecru, and white round up the look.
Bathed in natural light, functional and designed in a polished modern style, the guest suites epitomise Le Cinq Codet experience. If not for the wonders of Paris, you’d be forgiven never wishing to leave yours.