After a year where fantasy, hedonism and escapism have been in short supply there are plenty of people still feeling a little tentative about the world opening back up.
And then there are those who are gagging for a level of glamour and excitement that wholesome staycations just cannot provide. As its name suggests, Parisian hotel Sinner will be a total treat for those in the latter camp.
Opened not that long before Europe went into lockdown last March, the hotel was gaining a quiet reputation as one of Paris’s hippest new hang outs in the heart of the Marais – with a sexy twist.
Now it’s back open and ready to welcome city breakers (double vaxxed and ready to mingle) who may find themselves reluctant to leave such a prime location for the ultimate dirty weekend.
If Paul Bettany’s S&M monk from the Da Vinci Code went all out on a luxurious interiors refurb he might have dreamt up something like Sinner.
The atmosphere is conjured from the moment of entering as guests are greeted through a heavy fog of incense smoke by handsome, black-clad staff in dungeon priest uniforms, ushering you into the dimly lit lobby-restaurant-bar area.
Interior designer Tristan Auer, whose previous work includes the Hotel de Crillon, drew on influences including the Marais’s ecclesiastical history and Seventies debauchery to create a luxuriously sensual interior.
Lighting is used to dramatic effect throughout the hotel’s common parts with blood red corridors lit only by the glow from stained glass windows – it’s impossible to be louche with the big light on after all.
Rooms are brighter and cosier although the sexy theme certainly hasn’t been abandoned. There are a few surprises hidden in the wardrobe, which could swing de Sade or Jilly Cooper depending on your disposition.
Otherwise it’s like staying in your most stylish – richest – friend’s guest room among carefully curated artworks, books and records.
Wood panelling, gloriously comfortable beds and unique modern furniture and accessories are the perfect backdrop for a stay in the city that invented chic.
Local design gem
The entire Marais shopping district is at your disposal with its plethora of art galleries and boutiques. Try Fleux’ for interiors fripperies, Ofr for coffee table books and À demain for the best vintage furniture. The Musee Carnavalet is housed in two typical Marais hôtels particuliers and has exhibits related to the history of Paris in stunning interiors.
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Don’t miss the candle-lit spa with its huge hot tub, a truly decadent touch.
Bear in mind that you’ll have to fight your way through a throng of beautiful people keen to sample the high-end cocktails at weekends – this isn’t the hotel for you if you’re at all self-conscious about your cool quotient. That said, being a guest grants access to a bar hip enough for usually nonchalant Parisiens to queue at and well worth a visit.
The Deluxe doubles hit the sweet spot between having space and intimacy. There are chairs to lounge on, a huge bed and bathroom and plenty of closet space.
Rooms come equipped with a yoga mat and weights, cocktail making essentials, glamorous red slippers, a desk, and the hotel’s sensual signature scented toiletries.
Eurostar now offers fully flexible train tickets from £39 one way on its redesigned trains. Check local restrictions before travelling.
How to book
Sinner Paris start rate: 550€ (TTC) per night based on 2 sharing a Deluxe room excluding breakfast. Sinner Paris: 116 Rue du Temple, 75003 Paris, France; +33 1 42 72 20 00
Book online at sinnerparis.com/en/