This New Paris Boutique Hotel Was Decorated by One of the World’s Most-Praised Interior Designers

Oui, this might just be Paris’ coolest new luxe boutique hotel. Located in Le Marais—the French capital’s buzzy neighborhood chock full of trendy boutiques and lofty restaurants—Le Grand Mazarin’s is a luxe 61-key stay that’s a design lover’s dream. This said, we can’t expect anything less than a masterpiece from legendary interior designer Martin Brudnizki, who led decoration efforts from head to toe. At Le Grand Mazarin, twists on French classicism and eclectic maximalism set the scene—examples include mismatching patterns, prints, and textures that establish whimsicality all over, plus fetchingly revitalized vintage furnishings handpicked from Paris’ flea markets.

Rooms & suites ooze sumptuousness: landscape-imprinted, medieval-tinged tapestry canopies hover over beds; pistachio-green walls offset painted wardrobes, striped chaise lounges, plus leopard print side chairs; paisley wallpaper with lobster print defines closet spaces; then crystal lighting fixtures, molded into lily and daisy shapes, artfully illuminate.

While the whole hotel is full of numerous showstopping design elements, our favorite œuvre d’art is the beautiful ceiling mosaic above the pool, which artist Jacques Merle conjured via inspiration from the imaginative writings of French poet Jean Cocteau. Additional wellness-oriented amenities include a hammam and fitness center. 

The hotel has two festive bars and a high-echelon restaurant led by the talents of Michelin-starred Chef Assaf Granit, Boubalé. The cuisine here is Ashkenazi comfort food, with an assemblage of dishes (think variations on traditional dishes such as matzoh ball soup, goulash, and potato latkes). 

Also, here is Le Bar de Boubalé, which equips a wide range of creative cocktails. Several times a week, guests can look forward to Le Cabaret, a speakeasy-like setting that continually evolves based on the moment’s zeitgeist.  

All in all, from its Martin Brudnizki-conceptualized décor to its prime Le Marais location and its unique Eastern European restaurant, Le Grand Mazarin should be on your radar for your next trip to Paris in more ways than one. 

Top Takeaways

Location: Paris, France (Le Marais neighborhood)

Rating: Five-star

The vibe: An eclectic, whimsical stay that shows off the interior design brilliance of Martin Brudnizki.

Food + drink: Ashkenazi cuisine day and night can be found at Boubalé (the goulash and matzoh ball soup twists are must-orders). La Bar de Boubalé is perfect for drinks after a day of ambling through Paris.

Amenities: Indoor pool, fitness center, hammam, restaurant, bar

Our favorite thing about the hotel: If I had to pick one feature, a task that’s difficult due to how stupendous the hotel is inside and out, it would be the Jacques Merle-designed fresco atop the indoor pool; it’s exceedingly unique and unlike anything I’ve seen in Paris’ hotel set. 

5 nearby attractions: Rue de Rivoli, Tuileries, Le Marais, Le Musée de la Shoah, Place des Vosges

Any personal neighborhood recs?: Yes, Le Marais is a nucleus for chic accouterments—make sure to go across the street from the hotel to Paris’ best department store, BHV Marais. Additionally, head to Rue de Rosiers, a pedestrian-only street that’s the French capital’s historic Jewish quarter, and grab falafel at L’as du Falafel (it’s the best falafel I’ve ever eaten), then walk a few blocks to Place des Vosges: a centerpiece park surrounded by storied buildings (it’s the perfect place for a daytime picnic).

Pricing: Rates start at $495/night

Room count: 61 guestrooms & suites

Closest Airport: Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport and Paris-Orly Airport

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