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Opened in late 2021, Villa M is a new four-star hotel from the fast-growing hospitality group Paris Society which also operates some of the best-known bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the French capital. Designer Philippe Starck strikes a mellow note with his use of natural wood, colourful rugs and abundant medicinal plants that adorn the building's eight-storey façade and panoramic roof terrace. Set on boulevard Pasteur in the 15th arrondissement, the neighbourhood's long association with medicine is reflected in photos of French physicians and displays of vintage laboratory equipment while the 73 rooms and suites have the thrown-together feel of artist's pad. Add in a decent breakfast, a fitness centre with boxing and a bar that opens late, and this is an impressive property well-primed for both work and play.

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Nigel Tisdall
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Nigel Tisdall is an award-winning travel writer who contributes frequently to leading UK titles such as the Telegraph, Times, Mail and Financial Times. He has visited over a hundred countries and specialises in luxury, adventure, heritage and the Caribbean.

THE DETAILS

Location

The hotel is on Boulevard Pasteur - a broad, sloping and leafy avenue with an oh-so-French abundance of pâtisseries, pharmacies and wine shops.

It's a 15-minute walk to the Montparnasse district with its shop and observation tower. It's a little further to the Rodin Museum and Eiffel Tower.
By plane: Flights from London or Manchester to Paris Charles De Gaulle take 1 hour 15 minutes and the hotel is an hour's drive. Parking costs €30 per day. skyscanner.com
By train: Eurostar from London to Paris Gare du Nord takes 2 hours 20 minutes and the hotel is a 25-minute drive. thetrainline.com

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Style & Character

Fans of design hotels, guests connected to the medical profession and business and leisure travellers looking for a warm and welcoming base with good transport connections will love it here. The guest rooms are designed to be 'invitations to meditation, rest and disconnection' and it is a pleasure to hang out in one.

Service & Facilities

The second floor fitness centre overlooks boulevard Pasteur with plenty of natural light and a ring where you can have boxing lessons.

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Fitness centre
  • Family-friendly
  • On-site parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

Rooms

The sixth floor Prestige Terrace rooms overlook boulevard Pasteur and come with a narrow, plant-filled terrace plus a table and chairs. The art-filled rooms are rich with designer touches, including abstract works that are propped up, rather than hung, to create a studio feel.

Superior, Deluxe, Business, Prestige Terrace, Junior Suite, Suite Pasteur
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, Nespresso machine, TV, free Wi-Fi

Food & Drink

The buffet breakfast is a relaxed affair with a quality choice of pastries, jams and cold meats plus detox juices, avocado toast and eggs cooked to order. We loved the comforting bowl of creamy chestnut soup, followed by cod fillet served with a green curry sauce and mashed pumpkin.

Villa M: restaurant, bar and terrace serving French cuisine. Dishes include lamb shoulder and chicken supreme. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sunday brunch, 12:30-3:30pm.

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