A Room in Paris

This stylish, five-room B&B provides all the fixings for the perfect foodie getaway: a breakfast of meats and cheeses, fresh bread and preserves, and baked goods freshly made by the Dutch owner.

By Valerie Rains, Friday, Mar 18, 2011, 1:00 AM

(Christian Kerber)

A Room in Paris

About this Hotel

Price From $95

Of the approximately 500 registered chambres d’hôtes (bed-and-breakfasts) in Paris, the majority are run by empty nesters looking to make the most of a spare room without committing to a life of full-time service. Peet Verrest is not one of those people. At his recently expanded, five-room B&B, simply called A Room in Paris, Verrest takes his job seriously. So seriously, in fact, that he put his hospitality to the test last summer in a competitive dinner-party-hosting reality-TV show, Un Dîner Presque Parfait (An Almost Perfect Dinner). “I considered it a kind of French exam,” the Dutch-born Verrest explains. Given that he went home the winner, we’ll say he passed. All that effort works out very well for guests: Each morning, Verrest lays out a spread made up of meats and cheeses, his own bread and preserves (rhubarb, apricot, plum), and homemade treats like a clafoutis de Limoges tart. The meal is served at a communal table set with mismatched plates in the living room, which is decorated with oil paintings by contemporary artists. The B&B’s location, a two-minute walk from the Gare du Nord, has its ups and downs: While it’s the first stop on the express train from the Charles de Gaulle airport, it’s also a 20-minute bus or 10-minute Métro ride from top attractions (Notre-Dame, the Louvre). But the slightly out-of-the-way location buys plenty of luxuries—11-foot ceilings with ornamental moldings dating to the late 1800s, original herringbone-wood floors, and rooms as large as 300 square feet. Other details are no less grand. Marble fireplaces serve as displays for stylized animal figurines and carefully chosen antiques, the result of a collaboration between Verrest—a former export manager for an architectural supply company—and his partner, Thierry Taillez. “We only have a little taste in common,” Verrest explains. “But when it works, it’s good.”

Free Wi-Fi? Yes.

Credit Cards Accepted Cash only.

Details Doubles from $95, breakfast included.