Close to the shopping of the Champs-Elysées and the museums of Chaillot, location-wise, Hôtel Vernet is a winner. The area even has a name – the Golden Triangle. Add to that the Haussmanian exterior, interiors by designer François Champsaur, and the much-lauded in-house V restaurant and you know you’re in for a treat. The whole experience here, from the area to amenities, is practically gold standard.
Fully renovated in 2014, the Hôtel Vernet still gleams. The rooms here are plump and comfortable, adorned with brass and mosaic accents, with marble bathrooms and plenty of natural wood throughout. Suites, meanwhile, throw in Hermès bath amenities, for added French chic, as well as living areas and the odd private terrace.
Downstairs, underneath a stunning stained glass dome designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel himself, the V serves simple yet sumptuous dishes that blend the best of national and international influences. Executive Chef Richard Robe crafts dishes as wide-ranging as frog leg tempura with pepper tartlets, ketchup from the Basque country and garlic cream, and John Dory with a hazelnut crust, confit vegetables with zucchini flower and a thyme flower jus.
From shades of blue and lots of light at V, guests can move into the pop-coloured bar for cocktails. While your attention might be rapt on the Grey Goose Le Fizz (Grey Goose Le Fizz
Vodka, Liqueur St-Germain and soda) cocktail that’s just been delivered, spare a moment to glance up at the ceiling above where a brightly-coloured fresco by Jean-Michel Aberola seems to dance above.