Residence Tuileries, Pied à Terre Residences, Paris, France

Swap a cramped chambre de bonne hotel room for an airy, architecturally striking stay beside the Tuileries Garden at this elegant Paris residence.

you standing on the banks of the Seine around 50 BC, you
might have heard the lamentations of the freshly conquered Parisii
tribe, watching in vain as engineers of the Roman legions set about
constructing camp on the left bank of the river. Little did those
Romans know that the settlement they would initially name Lutetia
would go on to become one of the world’s treasure troves of
culture, cuisine and all things beautiful.

Fast forward two millennia, via some pesky Viking and Prussian
interruptions, and that diminutive settlement became Paris, the
left bank morphing into the modern Rive Gauche. Despite the many
embellishments that subsequently sprung up – the Louvre, Notre
Dame, Montmartre, the Arc de Triomphe – the French capital hasn’t
been able to offer ample space to visitors since the Parisiis
scrambled over the Seine’s banks. Ask any seasoned Paris traveller
and they’ll tell you the difficulties in finding a suitable
pied-à-terre at which to base yourself – one that embraces you as a
Parisian, rather than a tourist. A home-from-home residence that
sleeps six? They’d be laughing.

Interiors of Residence Tuileries, a Pied a Terre Residence in St Honores, Paris
Details at Residence Tuileries, a Pied a Terre Residence in St Honores, Paris

Fortunately, Pied à Terre was founded with this in mind.
Thoughtfully designed by the Parisian duo behind Necchi
Architecture to express the comforts and convenience of a family
townhouse, the residence on Rue du Marché Saint-Honoré, close to
the Tuileries Garden – one of a handful of properties owned by the
same group – opened this year. Forget ducking into a poky chambre
de bonne (maid’s room) and sharing your bed with your carry-on: a
stay here feels like borrowing a well-heeled Parisian’s generously
proportioned pad for the week, with both the concierge services of
a hotel and the stylish interiors and amenities of an extremely
chic home.


Located through a discreet street-front portal that opens into a
charming courtyard, the property’s private front door gives way to
an open-plan kitchen and breakfast area, perfect for accommodating
the troops before you all head out for your morning coffee and
croissant. The house provides two generous double rooms, with space
to bed down additional guests via cleverly hidden pull-out beds.
The decor is modern, with just a hint of the good bits of 1970s
design: think pale pink walls, warm carpets underfoot, earthy
colour tones and the occasional flash of animal print.


The two bathrooms are graced with Aesop goodies. Each bedroom is
kitted out with TVs, adjustable lighting and underfloor heating
(useful if your Parisian spring fling doesn’t deliver balmy
weather). Dining in is almost a sin in Paris, but if you’re in town
for an extended stay, the kitchen is fully equipped, should you
wish to whip up an artichoke and steak tartare lunch.

The kitchen at Residence Tuileries, a Pied a Terre Residences in St Honore, Paris

Where should we go for a food shop?

Just the usual for Paris – within 50m of your front door, you’ll
find a boucherie, offering fresh meats, pâtés and cold cuts, a
seafood café specialising in plump oysters, a chocolatier and two
bistros. The adjoining streets provide patisseries and grocery stores galore, for all
your immediate needs.

Any essentials we need to pack?

Not really – Pied à Terre has thought of everything, including
artistically curated reading material, slick stovetop coffee makers
and fresh spring blooms on the coffee table.

How about green credentials?

None at present, but they told us they’re working on it.

What about accessibility?

Ground-floor access is straightforward, albeit with a few tricky
ledges to navigate. We’d speak to the team at Pied à Terre for
options – they’ll be happy to help.

Who should I bring?

There’s space here for all the family – and you’re close enough
to the Louvre for an early-morning dash to skip the queues, take in
the Eiffel Tower and land at Loulou in time for lunch – but it’s a
sophisticated space in which to entertain friends, too (even
Parisians), with easy access to excellent strolls, bistro dining
and some of the city’s best bars.

The Lowdown

From £460 a night, sleeping six.

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