You may remember that during the AW12 pret a porter shows, I stayed in a hotel room in Paris that had a rabbit exploding out of the wall, mushrooms growing on the counterpane, and a Cheshire Cat draped upon the sofa. That was the Hotel Seven, and the glory of its Alice in Wonderland suite. How could I beat that for the SS13 collections?, I wondered to myself.
Well, the Elegancia Hotel group, proprietors of Hotel Seven, offered up their latest offspring: The Legend Hotel on the busy Rue de Rennes in the Sixieme, otherwise known as Saint Germain.
The Dreamcatchers Suite, whilst gravely lacking on the exploding bunny front, had instead a bonded feather shower screen, a seemingly levitating bed, a spa bath in the bedroom, and a large swivelling cast iron dreamcatcher hoop, which forcibly suggested potential high jinks in the bedroom.
Up on the fourth floor of the hotel, the suite has been cleverly carved out of the building’s greniers, the attics, providing a spacious run of distinct living and abluting spaces.
I always prefer to be up on high in hotels. There is less risk of street noise, or of passing guests, and I do like a good view. The Hotel du Louvre in Paris has a particularly good one all the way up Avenue de l’Opera from under the eaves of the top floor rooms and, as I discovered in August, the Hotel de la Tremoille in the 8e has a lovely traditional Parisian view. Here at The Legend Hotel, there is an equally charming, domestic view.
Back in the room, there are charming touches.
Lots of candles for ambience, a thick sheepskin rug underneath for, in my case, feet battered by too much walking in high heels, a coffee pod machine, free mini bar with delicious juices and sodas and an atmospheric lighting scheme. And the afore-mentioned bath in the bedroom.
Fear not, those of you of a shy disposition, there is also a very good walk-in shower, with a door to ensure complete privacy.
But the thing that got me, that had reception calling up to see if I was ever going to check out, was the Tempurpedic bed and pillows. I’ve never slept in a bed like it. I was exhausted from the 0430hrs start to catch the first Eurostar out of London. My back ached, my legs hurt, I had a headache that wouldn’t go, but the yielding supportive-ness of this bed really was incredible. Utter bliss.
The hotel is a totally do-able walk from the First (the Louvre, Tuileries etc). It took me about 25 minutes almost due south from the Palais-Royal, and it’s a lovely walk. (I wrote about it here.) In the other direction, it’s a short stroll to Montparnasse if you are taking a train south – it would be perfect for me each summer, as I often break my journey in Paris en route to the Vienne, and take a train next day from the Gare Montparnasse.
Equally, it’s a brisk walk north on the Rue de Rennes to the boutiques and excellent restaurants in the heart of Saint Germain, and around Saint Sulpice. There’s a Metro station on the same street block, and you can be most tourist-minded places in under twenty minutes.
Do keep an eye on the website: it’s perfectly possible to find a lovely room here from 150euros a night, and the Dreamcatcher Suite from EUR350 if you time it right. (The rack is EUR600)
151 bis, rue de Rennes, 75006 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 45 48 97 38
LLG was a guest of The Legend Hotel for one night in October 2012