When say the brand-new Hôtel Dame des Arts just opened in Paris’s most desirable location, it’s in the sixth arrondissement on the Left Bank, across the Seine from the Louvre and Arc de Triomphe, in the city’s Latin Quarter.
In Dame des Arts’s lobby — scented with a rich, cedar-dominant fragrance blended for the hotel by perfumer Arthur Dupuy, and featuring dark floors made of burnt wood. It’s spoken by locals who come to enjoy a glass of Provence-sourced Super Schluck orange wine on the restaurant-adjacent terrace or the ninth-floor rooftop with an unobstructed view of the Eiffel Tower. The sixth arrondissement still cultivates the bohemian culture the Rive Gauche was known for in the early 20th century when des écrivains like Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, and the Fitzgeralds lived, wrote, and drank here. It follows, then, that the 109 rooms at Dame des Arts and its Mexican restaurant (with a mezcal selection the likes of which you rarely find in France) display sketches of Left Bank tastemakers and works published on this side of town.