This quirky Parisian hotel was reviewed for Holidays in Heels exclusively by interior design aficionado Dana Aljouder of ADANA Design (@adana.design) from Kuwait!
Tucked into Rue Saint Marc in the 2nd arrondissement, Hotel Saint Marc is a treasure trove of haute interiors and hospitality. Designed by Dimore Studio, the lobby echoes a glamorous 50’s era of brass, plaster pink, and colorful patterns.
Each room is uniquely designed, and bathrooms and closets are hidden behind seamless mirror and brass doors. While the bathrooms are decked in classic black and white tiles, the rooms are emblazoned in an emerald, fuchsia, baby blue or plaster pink. Hotel Saint Marc is an interior designer’s heaven. Loaded with five star fabrics and finishes, the eccentric hotel displays the most contemporary and incredible accents.
Though the breakfast options are not diverse, the setting is just divine. If you’re alone, you may sit on the velvet turquoise bench and enjoy a tranquil view of the courtyard. The design makes the Parisian cold feel oddly warm and Mediterranean.
We went to Paris on a food trip, believe it or not – shopping came second if not third after art. We tried three Michelin-star restaurants back to back, starting with the infamous David Toutain. We devoured every bite of the 12 course menu – starting with pine-wrapped juniper mousse and ending with chocolate truffle served on a bed of chocolate shavings.
The next day we immersed ourselves in the 3-Michelin star vegetarian cuisine of master chef Alan Passard, whose infamous Chef’s Table episode had our mouths watering from the start. The truffle celery gnocchi and onion tart were to die for:
The highlight of our evening, however, was a visit from the Chef himself as we scraped away at an innovative kiwi millefeuille. On our third and most exciting dinner, we met Chef Kei Kobayashi who surprised us with his Franco-Japanese inventions. His vegetable salad was an explosion of flavors, and his lemon meringue was a tasty piece of art.
Last but not least, the first pastry we invited into our mouths would be our favorite eclair yet. The mascarpone-filled salted caramel eclairs at L’éclair de Genie are so heavenly we relished every flavor of the pastry’s fluffy and creamy texture.
Paris’s revival of Michelin star restaurants was not an understatement, and neither were the spacious rooms of Hotel Saint Marc. A holiday in heels it was, except we headed to the restaurants instead of the shops – and not a kilo went to waste!
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