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Bespoke Delights at a Quintessentially Parisian Stay

Just steps away from the Louvre, Madame Rêve is a luxe boutique hotel that perfectly blends the city's old-meets-new decor.



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IT’S HARD TO find a boutique hotel better situated in Paris than Madame Rêve — it's just a stone’s throw away from some of the city’s most celebrated attractions: the Louvre, Tuileries Garden, and Palais-Royal, to name a few. Housed in the city’s first 24-hour post office — La Poste du Louvre, built in 1888 — the five-star property blends into the city center. When searching for the entrance, I nearly pass it before spotting the unmarked front door of the elegant Haussmannian building, a typically Parisian architectural style with stone facades, wrought-iron balconies, dormer windows, and a curved mansard roof. The lobby is both laid-back and chic, adorned with antique desks and mirrors and exquisitely designed mosaics and murals; an impeccable mix of old-meets-new Parisian decor.

My room, of the deluxe workshop category, is decorated in warm shades of camel and yellow. Around it, I find little luxuries: bespoke pencils, erasers, postcards, and paper tucked inside a mailbox on a wooden desk. Among the bathroom amenities, I find bespoke products made by the hotel itself. The unobstructed views of Haussmannian apartments’ balconies dotted with large plants in terra-cotta pots evoke nostalgia for 1920s Paris in me, when Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald roamed the streets during the city’s artistic peak. Haussmannian-style buildings have no more than six floors, but all of Madame Rêve’s 82 rooms and suites are located on the third floor, down a winding hallway that smells of the property’s signature scent, “Nose,” created by French perfumer Olivia Giacobetti. After a dreamy sunset, a simple press of a button closes the shades and brings me back to the 21st century.



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Two dining options are available at Madame Rêve, but I opt for La Plume Rive Droite — Chef Benjamin Six’s Japanese restaurant influenced by French flavors. It’s a Tuesday night, and every single table is full, including the bar, and all of the patrons appear to be locals dining on lobster buns and sashimi. A canopy of plants covers the outdoor dining terrace, creating a jungle feel in the middle of the city. Following dinner, I make my way up the plant-covered stairwell to the seventh floor rooftop where more greenery awaits in the form of a pendulous garden. With such good scenery and 360-degree views, it’s hard to choose a seat. I pick one at the bar with Notre-Dame to my right. Patrons of all ages and groups of all sizes gather on this balmy summer evening, enjoying life’s simple pleasures and a panoramic view of the City of Lights.

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