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One cannot come to Paris without taking some time to walk along the dark green waters of the Seine

Whether it’s for business or pleasure, your first time in the city or your tenth, one cannot come to Paris without taking some time to walk along the dark green waters of the Seine. Lined by some of the best examples of mid-19th century Haussmannian-style buildings, and offering postcard views of the city’s famous sights – the bridges, river islands and Notre Dame; the d’Orsay and Louvre museums – the Seine flows through the heart of the city. The Salvatori hotel, situated just north of the river, nestled in the winding streets of the Marais, is ideally located for an early morning stroll along its banks.

Clad in the soft hues of Silk Georgette® stone in Infinito, a texture defined by the gentle rhythm of parallel lines cut into the surface, the hotel’s spa is a place to be still – a moment of calm in a city that, as the poet T.S. Eliot once said, is a “strong stimulant.”

Here, reclining on Piero Lissoni’s Curl chaise longue – its simple form belying the cutting-edge technology by which it was carved from a single block of stone – the rest of the day can be planned at leisure: exploring the small Medieval streets of the Marais and browsing some of the best boutique shops in Paris, before lunch at a crêperie on the Île Saint-Louis.

The Marais is also home to the Pompidou Centre, the iconic modern art museum designed by Richard Rogers and Renzo Piano. Apart from its world-class collection, the panoramic views across the city from the rooftop restaurant make for a great end to a day strolling past Duchamps, Kleins and Twomblys, or better still a prelude to a night at the opera – the Palais Garnier being one of the most celebrated buildings in a city of grand, beautiful architecture, as well as a global destination for opera.

Back at the hotel, the bedrooms offer a tranquil, understated contrast to the vibrancy of the ‘city of lights’: the Bianco Carrara structure of the bed creating a sense of harmony with the Yabu Pushelberg-designed bedside cabinets and Elisa Ossino’s Urano lamp. The Stone Parquet floor in Pietra d’Avola leads to the Anima bathroom suite – complete with the organic, curving form of the collection’s distinctive bathtub that ties together a space of rest and relaxation.