Paris hotels: The best places for style and location
The Metropolis of Lights: it’s the place to walk down boulevards, stare upon world-famous artwork and eat like a king – however the place do you have to mattress down when it’s time for lights out? Because the capital metropolis of the world’s most-visited nation, the selection of the place to remain in Paris is mind-boggling, with hundreds of lodging choices, from finances hostels to luxurious motels, and B&Bs to self-catering residences.
As a France specialist, I’ve stayed in a whole lot of motels throughout l’Hexagone, however nothing fairly compares to the je ne sais quoi of the sort of Parisian abodes which may, in themselves, turn out to be a spotlight of any keep within the French capital.
However type doesn’t must imply breaking the financial institution; there are many very good motels providing nice service, beautiful decor and a peaceable night time’s sleep with out moving into debt. It’s what we at The Impartial name “real-world luxurious”. So take a peek at these earlier than your subsequent journey to Paris.
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From London’s Experimental Cocktail Group comes Lodge des Grands Boulevards, an elegant property situated in a 300-year-old manor home near a few of Paris’ greatest procuring streets, which opened in December 2017. Splendidly discreet, it’s reached through a secret hall and has its personal quiet courtyard and terraces.
The 50 rooms have been created by Parisian designer Dorothée Meilichzon, and have handmade beds from Brittany with satiny, 300-threadcount sheets, whereas some rooms provide bathtubs sufficiently big for 2. There’s additionally an Italian restaurant and a terrace cocktail bar with views of Paris. The very best bit? Regardless of its buzzing central location, the bedrooms promise full silence.
Doubles from €228, room onlygrandsboulevardshotel.com
The most recent addition to Paris’ design resort scene is a British export. The Hoxton Paris, which opened in summer time 2017, brings with it very good Moroccan-inspired cocktails in Jacques’ Bar. Embellished in florals and velvets, with full-height home windows, it makes all-day cocktails a wonderfully acceptable prospect.
The resort itself is situated in an 18th-century mansion, and the French outpost of the the largest of the increasing Hoxton Lodge assortment. Unfold over three buildings, it affords 172 bedrooms in 4 very British-named classes – Shoebox, Cosy, Roomy and Biggy – with decor that includes parquet flooring, elegant cornicing, daring characteristic partitions and geometric-tiled loos. The standout design characteristic is its 15 elegant staircases, two of that are greater than 300 years previous. Elsewhere, the decor incorporates different options of the unique constructing, equivalent to tiles and mosaics, and uncovered timber roof beams.
Doubles from €209, B&B (there’s a free gentle breakfast bag delivered to your room; for anything, you need to pay)thehoxton.com
This soothing resort is a must-stay for e-book lovers: its elegant decor is devoted to nice works of literature. Every of its 26 rooms and suites is devoted to a distinct letter within the alphabet and in flip an incredible scribe, from Hans Christian Andersen to Emile Zola.
Some rooms provide views of the Eiffel Tower, however all characteristic calming impartial tones and hand-stencilled texts from the writers’ nice works. It’s situated within the eighth arrondissement, so is a brief stroll from the Champs Elysées.
Doubles from €280, B&Bpavillondeslettres.com
Literature lovers will delight on this bijou resort, tucked away on the Left Financial institution. As soon as upon a time, it was a flea-bitten doss home the place Oscar Wilde breathed his final breath, shortly after uttering the phrases “This wallpaper and I are preventing a duel to the loss of life.”
Now, although, on the partitions of that exact same room (quantity 16), interiors guru Jacques Garcia has created a powerful fresco of a gold and inexperienced peacock, whereas the remainder of the room options historic prints and images of Wilde, in addition to the well-known scribe’s desk. Elsewhere, the tiny bar makes for a splendidly cosy spot to be served a cocktail by the velvet-waistcoated bar employees. Dita Von Teese is a fan, and so – apparently – is Johnny Depp.
Doubles from €400, B&Bl-hotel.com
The French love a theme and this unbelievable movie-obsessed resort is just some metres from the well-known cinema Le Grand Rex. Each element is cleverly thought out, from its reception desk beneath an illuminated billboard to the cinema posters within the foyer.
The 63 bedrooms differ in type and have been designed by such cinematic glitterati as film-score composer Ennio Morricone and César-award-winning actress Elsa Zylberstein. The minibars are stocked with complimentary comfortable drinks.
Doubles from €70, B&Ble123sebastopol.com
The Mama Shelter model launched in 2009 with this, their authentic resort; since then the budget-style group has gone international, with branches from Rio to Bordeaux, and a 3rd deliberate within the French capital alone.
That’s to not say it lacks that French vibe; as the unique, this was designed by Philippe Starck, who gave his quirky Midas contact to the entire place. In the meantime, lots of the dishes on the menu within the laidback restaurant have been created by one other French legend, Michelin-star chef Man Savoy.
The 172 bedrooms aren’t huge, particularly the entry degree ones, they usually’re intentionally designed to be cocoon-like with black and gray decor. However with mod cons equivalent to a 27-inch iMac doubling as a TV, it’s the right place to crash when the Metropolis of Lights has worn you out.
Doubles from €99, room solelymamashelter.com
Should you’re going to push the boat out with one thing just a little totally different, then this barely bonkers 49-room resort, a part of the Relaix & Châteaux group, is the place. Set within the elegant sixteenth arrondissement on a former airfield that was used to launch scorching air balloons, this theme is carried by means of into the resort’s Wonderland-esque decor with rooms sporting daring toile wallpapers and lavish materials.
Elsewhere, it contains a glamorous red-carpeted staircase and copious animal print. In the meantime, two-Michelin-star chef Jean-Luc Rochas works magic within the chandelier-lit restaurant.
Reopens 1 July
Doubles from €450, room solely
Followers of Christian Lacroix will love this four-star boutique resort within the Marais; the style designer has introduced his flamboyant type to the 17 rooms. All are embellished in a singular type, together with polka-dot carpets and zebra-print materials, giving a nod to the historical past, tradition and artwork of the realm. On the doorstep there are a number of hip boutiques, in addition to eating places and bars (although the resort’s personal bar is the perfect place to kick off your night with an aperitif). Lacroix isn’t the one movie star to be linked to the property – the constructing was Paris’ first bakery, and Victor Hugo used to purchase his baguettes right here.
Doubles from €207, B&B
This bijou four-star resort within the hip Marais District is one other of Jacques Garcia’s works. This time, he’s made what’s a tiny area into one thing of an Aladdin’s cave of decor. The place abounds with whimsical opulence: chandeliers, vintage furnishings, lavish materials and wallpapers all in deep reds, with accents of purple, inexperienced and gray.
Rooms are cosy, nevertheless it’s a delight to snuggle into the snug beds and watch a basic French movie (obtainable from reception), full with popcorn. Employees are welcoming with out being overbearing, and the resort is a hop, skip and bounce from a few of the Marais’ greatest eating places and bars.
Doubles from €207, room onlybourgtibourg.com
Not many motels can lay declare to their very own ice bar however that is the primary attraction at Kube, the place you may sip vodka cocktails in glasses manufactured from ice, in -10C temperatures. The theme doesn’t finish there; on arrival on the resort you’re welcomed into the reception, set in a big glass dice within the courtyard.
From there, every little thing’s designed to be modernist and enjoyable. Its 40 open-plan, minimalist rooms provide all mod cons, together with plasma TVs, CD and DVD gamers. The resort is a brief stroll from Gare du Nord, so it’s an incredible location if travelling with Eurostar.
Doubles from €84, room onlykubehotel-paris.com
Set within the hip Pigalle district below the gaze of the Sacré-Coeur basilica, Grand Pigalle was the primary Paris resort from the Experimental Cocktail Group (which have additionally simply opened sister Lodge des Grands Boulevards, above) and makes the right base for these seeking Paris’ coolest bars and eating places. Rooms are cosy however provide swish decor from high designer Dorothée Meilichzon in muted greys and teal tones, with geometric patterns in tiles and wallpapers. I significantly love the cocktail-glass carpet on the hallways and stairs and pineapple door tits. Breakfast is served within the bar space and affords their scrumptious do-it-yourself granola.
Doubles from €193, room onlygrandpigalle.com
As soon as upon a time, the Pigalle district was a bit seedy – it’s the house of the Moulin Rouge in any case – however as of late it’s considered one of Paris’ hippest quartiers that harks again to its heyday as a boho hangout for artists and musicians. The resort itself celebrates all that’s native: breakfast options croissants from one of the best native bakery, the cool bar has a soundtrack curated by an area DJ, and may you end up alone, there are many books provided by an area bookshop to peruse. Its 40 rooms are decked out with classic furnishings with a mid-century vibe and have edgy images and artwork works.
Doubles from €150, room onlylepigalle.paris
Paris’ Fauchon boutiques are prone to encourage Willy Wonka-esque ranges of mouth-watering awe, with their beautiful pastries, decadent sweets and fragrant teas and coffees. Gourmets can be spoiled with an evening or two on the new resort, the primary from the much-loved French patisserie model, which was established in 1886. With the model’s accent colors of fuchsia pink, black and gold tastefully carried by means of the décor, the snug rooms all have mod cons, from tablet-controlled music and flicks, to Bluetooth-linked audio system within the lavatory. The pièce de la resistance is the “gourmand bar”: a souped-up mini-bar rammed with free champers, sweets and different goodies. There’s additionally a small spa and a very good restaurant.
Doubles from €450 hotel-fauchon-paris.fr
Philippe Starck does a superb resort; the acclaimed French designer is answerable for the finances stylish Mama Shelter, the palatial Le Meurice and dozens of different motels worldwide – and his newest, Brach Paris, is an actual deal with. The second you enter the glass façade, dripping with jungle-like foliage, you’re enveloped into a luxurious area that blends Bauhaus, modernism and surrealism; heat wooden panelling and plush carpets, mild lighting and books in every single place lend an environment that’s arduous to withstand.
Brach is ready within the residential sixteenth arrondissement, and the resort has areas designed to welcome the well-heeled set: a sports activities membership, swimming pool, and an attractive bar and restaurant. Ask to see the roof-top potager backyard for its sensational views of the Eiffel Tower.
Doubles from €490, room solely brachparis.com
Within the early twentieth century, the grand Lodge Lutetia on the Left Financial institution was the place to see and be seen, with stars equivalent to Josephine Baker and Ernest Hemingway being frequent guests. After a four-year renovation, throughout which architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte has sliced into the constructing to deliver gentle into the once-dark areas, it has been given a brand new lease of life and an virtually other-worldly really feel. Polished walnut, white marble and a midnight blue and ‘greige’ (grey-meets-beige) color scheme mix for a sublime but trendy impact, with occasional nods to the unique artwork nouveau and artwork deco type. There’s a spa, with an enormous swimming pool, whereas Brasserie Lutetia is headed up by three-star Michelin chef Gerald Passedat.
Doubles from €656, room solely hotellutetia.com
If a resort break isn’t a resort break with out a dip within the pool, look no additional than The Molitor in western Paris. At its coronary heart is a powerful 50-metre swimming pool, which dates from 1929. For 60 years it was town’s hottest swimming pool, however after it closed in 1989 it lay deserted and empty earlier than being taken over by graffiti artists. It reopened as a five-star resort in 2014 and now affords 124 rooms and suites. The rooms that encompass the summer time pool (there may be an indoor one too) have a cruise-ship vibe, and there’s an enormous Clarins Spa, an artwork deco brasserie, a bar and and a roof backyard open in the summertime.
Doubles from £296mltr.fr
Hidden away in a quiet road close to the Champs d’Elysée, the Lodge de Berri is a haven for artwork lovers, and has so many originals and reproductions, it might simply distract from Paris’ legendary galleries. The bottom flooring restaurant and bar is a cornucopia of spectacular work and sculptures, whereas the 75 rooms and suites every have the texture of an unique Parisian pied-à-terre. That is all because of the design prowess of interiors skilled Philippe Renaud and his intelligent styling that brings ornamental fireplaces, hallways and lounge suites into the bedrooms, and an eclectic luxurious into the shared areas.
Doubles from €556 marriott.co.uk/motels/journey/parbe-hotel-de-berri-a-luxury-collection-hotel-paris
Only a brief stroll from Trocadero, the Lodge Gavarni was Paris’ first impartial resort to be granted the European Ecolabel. It’s powered by electrical energy from renewable sources, has a energy-efficient heating system, regulation of water movement within the showers, sorting of waste and totally natural breakfasts. Employees are actually pleasant too, and the rooms are embellished in basic type. The Eiffel suite is especially spectacular although, with a view of the Iron Girl, and unbelievable line-drawn wallpaper that depicts the views of Paris’ rooftops. Its location means it’s a simple stroll to the Eiffel Tower and the Musee de Quai Branly, with vertical wall backyard.
Doubles from €173 hotelgavarni.com
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