Even with some traces of normality returning to our everyday lives, one thing has remained completely off the table: travel. If some of us were lucky enough to enjoy some vacation time this summer, we didn’t venture much further than domestic or nearby locations. So, perhaps you’re like us at Rue, and are doing a little bit of virtual travel, imagining all of the fantastic far-flung locations that you’d like to visit as soon as it’s safe. At the top of our must-see-when-COVID-is-over list is Cours des Vosges in Paris – a small boutique hotel whose design and concept are emblematic of Paris’ inimitable style.

Cours des Voges is a private place, with just twelve rooms all overlooking the city’s oldest square Place des Vosges. Each has been meticulously designed by decorators Yann Le Coadic and Alessandro Scotto where the building’s 17th-century historical origin is blended with the edge of 1970s Deco. For example, the original painted beamed ceiling is juxtaposed by Coadic and Scotto’s custom-made stainless steel four-poster bed. Turned wooden medieval stools and chairs are tastefully contrasted with mirrored tulip tables and velvet rounded armchairs.

Beyond the beautifully composed rooms, lie an array of amenities that make Cours des Vosges a quietly elegant Parisian experience. From the Guerlain toiletries placed in every en-suite to the roman baths available to the guests, and the ground-floor café, Brach-La Pâtisserie, offering cakes and pastries by the celebrated pastry chef Yann Brys.

For those looking for a quiet and opulent Parisian experience, Cours des Vosges is the ideal option. Beyond elegant, it’s the perfect hideout in-between shopping trips around Le Marais.