Hotel review: Jays Paris

Jays Paris is surely the most intriguing hotel in all of the French capital. On TripAdvisor, it’s rated second only to the palatial Hotel le Bristol and has claimed the title of ‘Top Luxury Hotel in France’ in the hugely influential Travellers’ Choice 2013 awards. With no Michelin stars under its belt – in fact, no restaurant at all – nor a state-of-the-art spa or views of the Eiffel Tower, this petit boutique property in the 16th arrondissement seems to have something that many of the city’s five-star landmarks do not.

Foregoing the theatre of its lavish competitors, Jays Paris occupies a discreet address on a romantic street near the Arc du Triomphe. Originally a private family residence, it was acquired in 2006 by the current owner, Judy, who has taken care to preserve its affluent but homely character. There are just five suites in total, some of which might be better described as enormous rooms, and each has a unique buy phentermine theme that has been realised in molecular detail. The popular Louis XVI suite is furnished with a well-matched combination of antique and contemporary hand-painted pieces that reflect the period, while Le Deco is adorned with authentic artworks from the 1930s.

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The latter sugared-almond suite is one half of Le Duo – a pairing of Le Deco and the connecting lounge, complete with kitchenette, work desk and your very own Mac. The priciest option, it requires a walk up the two-flight marble staircase to the third floor and is where the Jays concept really succeeds the most. Facing dainty balconies that look back onto its own flower-filled window boxes, this is the Parisian dream for many – a large and quiet pied à terre in a quintessential district of the city.

It ought to be a house rule for guests to remove their shoes upon entering their suite. Not only because the owner has thrown caution to the wind by opting for a vast expanse of cream carpet; but because it’s the softest carpet you’re likely to pad around on anywhere, surpassed only by the sublime comfort of the oversized bed. In the same spirit of generosity, the beautiful en-suites are stocked with more Hermès and Clarins goodies than you could ever get through in a short stay (unless you’re Joan Collins, perhaps).

You’re unlikely to spend much time in the public areas, which amount to an eccentrically styled salon, a narrow garden terrace and a breakfast room for those who are opposed to dining a la duvet. The thing that defines Jays Paris as a hotel rather than a collection of suave studios is not its amenities but the service – provided by an impeccable micro team who are there for anything from dinner reservations to mid-afternoon champagne.

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There’s a vibe of thoughtfulness to this place that is genuinely charming. Of course this is achievable when there are only five rooms, but Jays pulls off more than just remembering their guests’ names, as the scrapbook of happy testimonials in the lobby will tell you. A small but noteworthy highlight is the mega helpful restaurant scrapbook; the pages of which are stapled with bill receipts donated by past guests (a deliciously voyeuristic read even if you have a table booked already).

This is an expensive place to stay, but when you think about what you’re getting – a home-from-home in Paris, a central location close to all the major stomping grounds and a host who’s likely to anticipate your needs before you do – it makes sense that so many have given this quirky little outsider a try.

Suites from €490 (£425) room-only (add €10 for breakfast) at Jays Paris, 6 rue Copernic, 16th Arrondissement, 75016 Paris, France  (00 33 1 47 04 16 16, jays-paris.com)

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