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A brief stroll from Place de la Madeleine – some say the epicentre of unique shopping in the capital – you’ll find Hotel de Pourtalès, a townhouse where the privacy of guests is of utmost importance, and the style is both contemporary and classical.
Built in 1839 as an aristocrat’s mansion, the 21st-century saw its use evolve into a hotel chosen by the likes of Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio and the late (great) Prince for discreet service and apartment-based accommodation. Following a refurb and modernisation in 2019, the property is back welcoming visitors, with the focus still heavily on hospitality.
The array of services on offer (some at an extra cost) should satisfy even the most discerning traveller: use of a 24-hour fitness centre, trainers and yoga teachers on request, nightly turndown, ‘keyholders’ (personal assistants on hand to help and advise), private chauffeurs, personal shoppers, hair and makeup artists, clothes pressing, packing and unpacking, and in-room massage. What more could you possibly need?
Order room service or request a private chef to cook for you in the apartment, but if you prefer to eat out, a host of options are on the doorstep.
Beneath the church sits Foyer de la Madeleine, a wallet-friendly lunchtime spot where classic dishes are served and profits are used to help the homeless.
At the other end of the scale is L’Ecrin, a one Michelin starred restaurant with plates such as sweet onion tortelloni with chard and saffron cream, shrimps with green mango jelly and shiso, and veal breast confit with morels are on the menu.
Over seven floors sit 9 stylish suites and 2 guestrooms. The former feature a separate bedroom, bathroom, a lounge and dining area and a kitchen, while the latter (Chambre Mathurin and Capucine) are smaller, housing a bedroom and an en-suite – but no less luxurious.
Stay in the Garden Loft and enjoy a split-level space and a view to the garden; opt for the Sky Penthouse and find yourself in a three-bed unit spread across a trio of floors, with a rooftop terrace and private garden.
Whichever you choose, the walls will be adorned with the work of international artists, and it’s worth noting that some of the apartments interconnect – useful for larger groups.
The apartments are ideally located for many Parisian sights including the Louvre and the Champs-Élysées (both a 20 minute walk). Head south for a quarter of an hour and hit the River Seine: cross over at Pont de la Concorde and into the 7th arrondissement – from there, it's just a 30-minute amble to the Eiffel Tower. Or stroll half an hour westwards and you’ll reach L'Arc de Triomphe.
Parking is not available.