The decor at Nolinski is like a modern retelling of an old story. Glamorous in a way that conjures decades past, while staying fully true to contemporary stylings and amenities. The bold gleam of the modern metal taps, bright against the cool marble and white-and-grey tiles in the bathrooms. The heavy fall of drapes that, along with the high-end soundproofing, shut out the bustle of city. The lacquered wardrobes and Art Deco-style dressing table. The list could go on.
There’s a sense that the guestrooms at Nolinski are more like private apartments. Home decor is, after all, the speciality of interior designer Jean-Louis Denoit. And he’s brought it fabulously to bear at Nolinski. It really feels like you’ve stepped into a story of Paris from a bygone era – helped, probably, by conjuring figures like Pablo and Ernest (Picasso and Hemingway respectively) in the suite names.
Down in Brasserie Réjane, meanwhile, Pablo would be proud of the cubist art hanging from the walls. Three distinct spaces surround the central dining room at Nolinski’s in-house restaurant; the private nook, the bronze flower strewn winter garden greenhouse, and brass-and-velvet-and-mirrored bar area. It’s heady. And it’s helpfully just downstairs from your guestroom. So everything from traditional French onion soup to octopus carpaccio with confit red peppers is just a short stroll away.
As is Spa Nolinski by La Colline, which has a full, fabulously decadent treatment menu (including massages, hair detoxes, and full-on rejuvenating facials), as well as a 16-metre pool with a mirrored ceiling and dramatically luxe lighting and surrounds. All of that in walking distance of the Tuileries and the Louvre? Count us in.