Privately owned, the owners and architect have used the period features to create the impression of living aboard a glamourous ocean liner.
Enter a world of discreet calm and understatement at this beautifully designed hotel on the Left Bank. Housed in a converted 1930s telephone exchange with an arresting wrap-around façade, the hotel makes the most of the period architecture with sleek contours, glass block staircase and double-height windows.
The building is bathed in wonderful light and the use of pale oak wood, curving leather banquettes, portholes, sliding doors, and custom furniture, conspire to create the impression of sailing on a luxury yacht in a bygone era. Clever lighting and original artwork set against ivory walls add to the elegant vibe. The service is exceptional, attentive without being intrusive.
Interestingly, Le Cinq Codet is privately owned by a local French couple, so is not part of a hotel group. Together with architect Jean Philippe Nuel, they have infused the space with their own brand of chic charm and urbane style.
The lounge bar sits between the restaurant and outdoor terrace, where you can snuggle up to a video fireplace or relax on the tree-shaded terrace, according to the weather. Seasonal produce is crafted into a menu of cosmopolitan dishes at the Chiquette restaurant or enjoy a snack at the cocktail bar.
The 67 rooms include four suites and offer 29 different design styles, so each stay is a new experience. The ocean liner styling is reflected in the bright and airy rooms, while bathrooms are ultra-modern with walk-in showers and deep tubs. Stylish Duplex Suites use the original strip windows and high ceilings to create the feel of a small apartment, where the mezzanine bedrooms are reached by a glass-sided staircase. Downstairs is designed for lounging with curved seating, round tables, and plenty of storage space, while the large terraces enjoy superb views of the Eiffel Tower or the gilded dome of Les Invalides. Opt for the Codet Suite and you can gaze at the dome from the comfort of your own hot tub.
Head to the third floor for the spa, which includes an outdoor whirlpool, state-of-the-art gym, hammam and treatment rooms, offering holistic massage and a menu of beauty treatments.