This is the fifth post in a 6-part series covering our site inspections at three Chic Outlet Shopping Villages in Madrid, Dublin and Paris. The luxury shopping venues located just outside the city limits offer customized, full-service programs for international groups. There are nine Chic Outlets in Europe.
Located a couple blocks back from the Champs Elysees in Paris, the Hotel De Sers bore witness to a steady stream of 19th century Parisian society life upon opening as a private residence in the 1880s. Today, the 5-star hotel caters to small corporate meetings and board retreats with 45 rooms and seven suites, around the corner from a gauntlet of international headquarters for iconic fashion/perfume labels.
While the building and interior architecture have all been dutifully preserved, the interior design on the ground floor blends both the old and new, combining oil paintings in the classical oeuvre with modern furniture. The long, narrow lobby passing the front desk extends into the intimate library and 80-seat restaurant and lounge, which opens out to an open-air courtyard seating 40 for warm weather dining.
The restaurant is a charmer with a good volume of natural light streaming into the chic space, trimmed out with vanilla chairs and teal-blue tabletops. The menu is as straightforward as it is delicious, ranging from ossetra caviar to farm pigeon to a wonderful pan-fried mushroom and arugula salad.
The hotel, small in size but big on drama, feels very much like a private apartment as it was originally created. It’s popular with area professionals for lunch, who bring a nice local vibe to the premises, and the staff is exceedingly gracious and warm.
Rooms face either the street or courtyard with large French doors opening out to a balcony on the courtyard side. Some of the deluxe rooms have views of the Eiffel Tower, just a 10-minute walk away. The rooms are contemporary in design without being too slick, decorated with lovely Art Deco furnishings and large black and white or color vintage photography.
For meetings at Hotel De Sers, the Salon du Marquis hosts up to 80 people, while Baccarat Hall—named after its elegant chandelier—serves as prefunction space. Also check out the 900-sf Apartment suite on the 7th floor as a possible gathering space, with awesome views around the entire city from Sacre-Coeur to the Eiffel Tower.