Columns wrapped in botanical wallpaper, luxurious floor-to-ceiling tapestries, framed botanical prints reminiscent of a lush garden in full bloom, abstract paintings and plush sofas covered with cushions and rattan chairs…I am not describing the interior of an incredible English countryside manor – I have just entered the new La Fantaisie hotel lobby, a boutique gem nestled within the vibrant ninth arrondissement. Which for me is arguably Paris’s best kept secret. Although after this review, it won’t be for long. 

The interior, its eclectic elements, a cacophony of colour, texture and print is the incredible vision of designer Martin Brudnizki. Many of you might not know the design master – but you will know his work. Brudinszki is the visual force behind iconic establishments such as The Ivy and Annabel’s in London, as well as The Beekman Hotel in New York.

Like any project Brudinski undertakes, there is far more than meets the eye. La Fantaisie offers a luxury service, that of holistic wellness—one that sets it apart from the rest. Within its depths you will discover its beautiful serene spa retreat—a sanctuary of tranquility where guests can indulge in luxurious treatments designed to rejuvenate the body and soul.

In sumptuously decorated rooms of pastel hued-tiles I found hot baths, and an expansive jacuzzi, ideal for weary souls who have perused Le Marais’ various boutiques and Rue Cadet where those in the know seek out the best coffee. For those who seek invigoration, there’s a cold plunge with crisp waters, however, perhaps one of the most unique aspects is the mineral water pool. Their treatment offering is also – understandably – of high quality using the best skincare ingredients. Facial lovers should take note of their Flash Glow treatment, ideal if you’re in need of touch up before heading out to an event. The treatment focuses on lymphatic drainage and toning. You will leave feeling sculptured and restored.

A good restaurant is essential to the hotel experience, like the chorus to a song, and La Fantaisie did not disappoint. Tucked away inside, Golden Poppy is under the direction of Chef Dominique Crenn, who recently made history as the first female chef in the United States to attain three Michelin Stars. She is also the owner of the acclaimed three-Michelin-starred Atelier Crenn in San Francisco.

Golden Poppy champions plant-based ingredients and dishes, and whilst you may gasp at the thought of this in Paris – no steak?! No duck confit?! Fear not, each plate is a delight to the senses and palette. Their tuna tartare, a dish that for me exemplified Chef Crenn’s mastery of flavors and textures, is a must order, as well as Sea bream, “Ikejime, dry-aged”, using the traditional Japanese Ikejime method and meticulously dry-aged, it was perfection.

But perhaps the true highlight of my stay was savouring cocktails at Bar sur le Toit, the hotel’s rooftop terrace filled with trees in terracotta pots and chic tables adorned with miniature lamps. Here, surrounded by breathtaking views of the Paris skyline, I sipped on signature cocktails crafted from herbs plucked from the hotel’s own garden (another small detail but one that adds to the incredible narrative of the experience).

As the sun dipped below the horizon, casting a warm glow over the city below I couldn’t help but feel a sense of gratitude for the unforgettable experience that La Fantaisie had provided me—a journey of luxury, indulgence, and honestly, one of pure delight…

Address: 24 Rue Cadet, 75009 Paris, France