Nolinski was one of our favorite stays. I mean, look at Fira in that elegant bed. This boutique hotel (45 rooms) is not your traditional Parisian hotel. It is sleek, sophisticated, minimal — very modern. With its dark gray/silver color palette and heavy drapery, it feels like you’ve walked into an enchanting hideaway. By the way, pets stay free! (Haha, reminds me of “kids eat free!” at Sizzler)
The service is top-notch and they offer a Grand Salon (sitting area with a grand piano–where I did a lot of my work), a delicious cafe Rejane and spa called La Colline. If you’re ever in Paris, this spa is a must. It is sumptuous. It is dark, almost black but the whole wall surrounding the indoor pool illuminates with vague abstract designs with a gorgeous mirrored ceiling. The pool stays open til 11PM or later, by request. Very Starry Night-esque.
Location is great, as it’s based on a busy avenue but since it’s in the middle of the city, we didn’t find many grassy patches nearby. Luckily, the Palais Royal garden is not too far (less than 1/2 mile). We found an area that was closer when you turn left out of the hotel — there was a nice tree and dirt patch that was Fira’s designated potty spot. There’s also the “japonais district” right behind the hotel with rows of udon, ramen, sushi spots. Ugh, so good. Rooms start at $400. Pets: $0.