What drew us to the hotel was the well rated Restaurant Jean-François Piège. We had sampled the chef’s cuisine previously when he was at the head of the Les Ambassadeurs at the well known Hotel de Crillon in the heart of the city, and were eager to try his new restaurant. We took advantage of the opportunity to experience the hotel.
The rich and distinctive décor was attractive. Narrow passageways, the property’s vertical design, the dim winter light and the juxtaposition of varied colors and bold patterns in the rooms was unique and sometimes intense. We especially appreciated the cozy and stylish rooms, lavish marble bathroom as well as the thoughtful amenities including fresh baked butter cookies at turndown, in room electronic devices with multiple language settings, and fulfilling breakfast in the gourmet restaurant dining room.
A satisfying lunch at the Restaurant Jean-François Piège, the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, following our check out was the perfect end to our overnight stay. Thoumieux will be on our boutique hotel short list, especially if we have plans to spend time in that part of the city.
Class Of Accommodation Luxury boutique hotel
Connectivity There was complimentary WiFi access in the rooms although some applications didn’t work for us.
General Manager Mathieu Foureau
Handicapped Access Access to the common areas and guest rooms was via a steep and narrow staircase. One room had handicapped friendly facilities.
Length Of Stay One night
Location On a narrow and lively street in the seventh arrondisement.
Owned and managed Jean-François Piège and Thierry Costes
Pets Allowed Small pets were welcome.
Size The 15-room hotel building shared space with Brasserie Thoumieux and the Restaurant Jean-François Piège. It employed a staff of 74.
Year Opened-Renovated Bought in 1923 by Martial Thoumieux, the former Bouillon Chartier was one of the quintessential addresses on the Left Bank at the time. The current hotel was established in 2008 and completely renovated in 2011.
The concept of Thoumieux grew out of a meeting between Jean-François Piège and Thierry Costes. The property was designed to focuse on a fusion of styles, combining the culinary talents of the starred chef and the appreciation of contemporary living design of his partner.
India Mahdavi, the architect, set out to give each room a unique and intimate feel, striving to remain apart from the standardized decor of many luxury hotels. Distinctive features included Art Deco wallpaper, varied furniture made of leather, lacquered wood, marble and bamboo, refined bed linen, heavy velvet curtains, elegant bathroom tiling, and uncommon light fittings. We noticed a pretty and large planter with bicolor orchids in hallway.
Both had small windows facing the street below and neighboring buildings at eye level. We kept the curtains drawn to maintain privacy. The entrance was surprisingly unobtrusive, one door with a ringer. A comfortable and inviting queen bed with a headboard, made with white, crisp linen, feather pillows, a warm and fluffy feather duvet with a leopard design throw, took up the central position. My room had two red cloth armchairs (the other room had only one) and a wood coffee table, brown and beige curtains. The other room had lacquered red built-in book shelves with several books.
The small dining room was warm, the sofa seats comfortable with cushions and stools in several prints and colors. We could see and hear some of the staff working in the open kitchen across the room. Notable decorative elements were matching door nobs, wall hooks and the butter dish, pretty lotus flower wall paper in light green, square pattern carpeting in brown and beige, green and blue closet doors, off white with green plant motif floor to ceiling double curtains, shades over the windows.
There were Aesop Australian toiletries, made with essential oils, in 16 ounce plastic pump bottles of soap, body lotion, shampoo, and conditioner. Each room had an iPad preloaded with music, movies and hotel information including room service menus. There were three U.S. Movies (Inception, Shrek 4, and The Green Hornet), and two French films: Potiche, L’Arnacoeur. There were several apps on the iPad including a useful tourism one in French.
Facilities The Brasserie Thoumieux and the Restaurant Jean-François Piège.