Whether you’re a first timer or regular across the Channel, a trip to Paris is always a good idea. A short train from St Pancras and you’re in the heart of the city, ready for a weekend of croissants, vino and sightseeing. This is exactly what we did a couple of weeks ago and would highly recommend it if you’re looking for a short getaway out of London. During our stay, we checked into the boutique Hotel Wallace.
Hotel Wallace is part of the Orso group, founded by Anouk and Louis Solanet, a young cool couple that own a collective of seven Parisian boutique hotels and have plans to open more. Orso Group has a great ethos, using locally made, good produce throughout all its sites. It also has its own Orso guide, showcasing the 100 best neighbourhood spots less than 15 minutes away from the hotel, to check out during your trip – very handy if you want to live like a local!
Hotel Wallace has a prime location in the 15th arrondissement, around a 25-minute walk to the Eiffel Tower. The building had a major makeover back in 2021, and, with the help of well-known interior gurus Hauvette & Madani, it was transformed into the riviera-inspired retro-chic hotel it is today. Think tasselled lamp shades, striped curtains, slick lacquered wooden headboards and terrazzo features throughout.
Hotel Wallace isn’t massive, with only 45 rooms throughout the whole building. That said, there are plenty of room options to choose from, including a single cabin for solo travellers through to junior suites with the Eiffel Tower view for those making a trip of it. When visiting we stayed in one of their Superior rooms, a cosy spot that had all the amenities we could need including a flat-screen TV, wardrobe and coffee machine. The bathroom was stocked full of their own skincare brand Colomba, which smells so good you’ll likely be tempted to take a bottle home with you from their hotel shop.
Don’t forget to pack your cozzy, as, after a day of sightseeing, you can take a much-needed dip in the hotel’s Scandinavian hot tub, which sits on their hidden terrace. Their terrace also offers the opportunity to escape the busy streets of the city and enjoy a relaxed al fresco drink or two in the Parisian sun.
If the weather isn’t on your side or you’d like to continue the evening elsewhere, why not head to the hotel’s chic basement bar? Housed beneath a whopping 8-metre glass roof, the Wallace cocktail bar is open from 3pm for aperitivos right through to 11:30pm nightcaps, making it the perfect spot to start or end your evening. We’d recommend trying Orso’s signature drink, made with cucumber mezcal, Ron Dianara, Paye ta Prune and Jasmine – delish.
It’s fair to say we j’adored our stay at Hotel Wallace. Following suit of the other Orso hotels we’ve stayed in, Hotel Wallace checks all the boxes you’d need when visiting Paris – tres chic interiors, located in the heart of the city and a cracking view of the Eiffel Tower from your bedroom window.
89 Rue Fondary, 75015 Paris, France