HOTEL DA VINCI
As I am a big fan of Leonardo Da Vinci’s life work, I couldn’t help being curious about a hotel dedicated to his art. Hotel Da Vinci is nestled into one of the small streets in Saint Germain de Pres in Paris. Notably a very “chic” neighborhood surrounded by nice cafes, restaurants and boutiques. The hotel offers 24 individually designed rooms with themes inspired by different periods in Da Vinci’s life.
The final choice fell on the Médicis room which upon entering transports you into a different world. Being a small room, the king size bed with it’s blue theme and “Madonna of the Carnation” spotted behind the velvet headboard is the most striking feature. Hovering over the small bed stands are lights encompassed by a glass orb, which is an option to the small discreet reading lights attached to the head board.
The comfort of the bed is always the most important to me and this is one of the most comfortable beds I have ever slept in. The mattress shapes to your form, you have a twin set of soft and hard pillow options, both duvet and pillows are with goose down with covers in satin cotton mixes and bottom sheet in Egyptian cotton. Everyone has their tastes and to me the satin cotton mix is always the softest and most comfortable although I do have friends that detest it as it can snag on dry skin.
Other features of the room are stunning venetian mirrors, wooden beams in the ceiling, a small desk with “Virgin of the Rocks” on the wall above it, fully stocked mini bar with a choice of caramel chocolate, glazed almonds or Eiffel Tower candy, flat screen TV, old fashioned looking telephone (yes, just press 9 for reception and room service) and two convenient wardrobes flanking the bed. The room also has a small breakfast balcony facing Rue Saint Peres.
The bathroom has a very comfortably sized bathtub, much bigger than in most hotels and the shampoo, shower gel and bath lotion stem from Roberto Cavalli. Inside a little box is shower caps and sponges and a loofah scrub available. There is also a scale, two bath robes, large towels and a stained glass window above the tub.
Upon arrival I had the pleasure of a very warm greeting of a bottle of chilled prosecco waiting. The hotel also offers in-room massages, turn down service and room service from 18-23. On the menu are options for all kinds of palates and also gluten free options. The only peculiar thing is the price range on the menu which also ranges from 18-23 euros whether you order an entre, salad, main course or a snack.
One of the highlights was the privatized spa where a bottle of prosecco also was found. So I found myself having bubbles in a warm pool at 11 am in the morning, but why not. The pool is comfortably equipped with hydro jets on three sides and a hydro jet shower. Sadly checkout was right after and the departure from this little renaissance world had to end. I will definitely come back to try the Mona Lisa room and another trip to the spa.
Experience and iPhone photos by @xMaiki