When in Paris: stay at the 1930s Cinq Codet
Louis Codet was a French writer, painter and alumni of the l’Académie Julian. Today the Louis-Codet street, located in the discreetly chic 7th arrondissement of Paris, hosts one of the finest hotels of the French capital: Le Cinq Codet.
If you’re looking to stay close to the Eiffel Tower, the Rodin Museum, Les Invalides (where Napoleon is buried) or department store Le Bon Marché, Le Cinq Codet is the perfect hotel for you. There’s plenty of Parisian clichés to enjoy around. Le Grand Palais (FIAC, Paris Photo, Saut Hermès etc.) and the newly-opened bijou Yves Saint Laurent Museum are also walking distance. Founded in Paris in 1827 by Jean-Pierre Duvelleroy, the Duvelleroy fan shop is also nearby. If you’re looking for the atmosphere of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s film Amelie, Rue Cler, with its traditional quirky boulangeries, cafés and épiceries, is also nearby. Only in Paris!
The 5-star Cinq Codet, which belongs to the prestigious Design Hotels collection, combines industrial Parisian loft-style charms with the luxury of a collector’s interior. A nod to Louis Codet himself, the hotel features a fantastic collection of 400 paintings, photographs, tailored wallpapers and video art installations displayed throughout the space. Situated in an incredible 1930s building, a former France Telecom telephone centre, the façade of Le Cinq Codet feels more like New York than Paris. It clearly marks a difference with the surrounding Haussmann buildings. The atmosphere of unique, modern luxury is everywhere in this exceptional location.
The geometry, the glass-windows, and the metal façades of Le Cinq Codet building are very charming and have certainly inspired celebrated interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel (Cures Marines, Trouville, Hotel Dieu, Marseille, Piscine Molitor, Paris and many more projects) for the lobby, guestrooms and suites, restaurant, bar, patio and, cherry on the cake: a spa and a small hamam.
Pale oak wood responds to the marble desks, decorative objects, contemporary French furniture, art books and daily newspapers, displayed in the lobby of the hotel, which is connected to the wonderful central terrace, a huge asset for Parisian nightlife. It also offers jazz nights on Saturday.
The very elegant hotel features monumental Man-Ray inspired photographs by Jean-Pierre Porcher juxtaposed with Elizabeth Garouste’s armchairs, pieces by Tom Dixon and Patricia Urquiola.
Once you’ve passed through the five-metre high ceiling, dimly lit corridors you’ll enter one of the 67 amazing duplex rooms or suites with views over the golden roof of Les Invalides, Tour Eiffel or the hotel terrace. Guests feel at home in the comfortable, classy and original rooms which often feature a bath located next to the King size bed, a sensual and interesting detail. It’s not a hotel anymore, it’s a pied-à-terre. Most rooms have tailor-made black and white carpets, large mezzanines, curving sofas, boat-like shower doors, nautical stripes by Paul Smith cushions, olive and yellow coloured-textiles, and all of the modern amenities needed for a comfortable stay. Le Cinq Codet is a hotel with a personality.
Intriguing, very stylish and discreet, the restaurant has gorgeous décor, warm colours; a fireplace video art installation at its heart provides a romantic ambiance for dinner or simply cocktails. The chef can cook tasty à la carte dishes which can be prepared in front of you.
Le Cinq Codet remains one of the best hotels in Paris where guests feel homely and where staff and service are exceptional.