Hôtel Standard Design

29 rue des Taillandiers, 11e, Paris, 75011, France

Jennifer Ladonne

For a contemporary budget hotel in a hipster corner of the Bastille district, the Standard Design is pretty much as advertised. Its modern facade and black-and-white barcode-inspired interiors do exert a particular style, and the affordable rates are in keeping with the neighborhood's young boutiques and lively bars and cafés.

YOU SHOULD KNOW There are some stairs to be navigated if you decide to have breakfast in the fourth-floor dining room, as the (tiny) elevator reaches only to the third floor.

room

Following the basic black-and-white theme, in-room styling includes minimal white furnishings with touches of acid green, hot pink or orange in bedspreads and curtains, teensy closets (in some rooms), and over-the-bed lamps more for atmosphere than reading.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Double-glazing keeps out most street noise, but the hotel was not built for internal soundproofing, so you may hear your neighbors.

bathroom

Functional (most of the time) bathrooms are small—some partially open to the room—with walk-in showers or tubs with handheld showers.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Those sensitive to mildew beware, the bathrooms are not as pristine as they could be.

lobby

The small reception area includes a lobby with two comfortable sofas. Not the most appealing spot for relaxing, but you can do a spot of people watching while waiting on your companion.

dining

A bright breakfast room set under the hand-hewn beams of the top floor offers a standard buffet breakfast.

You'll find plenty of bakeries in the neighborhood, but if you're up for a 10-minute walk, pop over to Blé Sucré (7 Rue Antoine Vollon), a neighborhood favorite just a few blocks away on the leafy Square Armand Trousseau. Their excellent baked goods and pastries are perfect for a picnic breakfast in the park.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Three metro lines converge at the Bastille metro staton, at Place de la Bastille, including line no. 1 and line no. 8, direct to République where you can get four more lines to pretty much anywhere in Paris. Bus 69 stops a minute from the hotel. Not your most elegant Paris location, but a lively area near some charming small "passages"—small street that were home to the area's many woodworking and artists ateliers. Close to the Bastille and the Marais, and not too far from central Paris, this neighborhood is known for its young, hip appeal. Rue de la Roquette, a few steps from the hotel, is brimming with shops and eateries (don't miss Le Chocolate Alain Ducasse, the superstar chef's lauded chocolate factory, at no. 40) and Rue Keller is known for its independent designer boutiques and subversive spirit. A block away, Rue de Charonne offers some excellent shopping plus a smattering of bistros that draw a crowd of international foodies, and the Marché d'Aligres, a 10-minute walk, is one of Paris's most fun and colorful, surrounded by wonderful cafés and restaurants.

Restaurants

Septime (5-minute walk) on Rue de Charonne, is a favorite among Paris foodies, though it'll require persistence to get in (call at least two weeks in advance for reservations). If you can't swing it, Clamato, next door, is run by the same chef, though this restaurant specializes in seafood and natural wines to go with. The small outdoor terrace is nice in warm weather. Rue Paul Bert is also home to some foodie hangouts, especially the Bistro Paul Bert, where you'll find all the French classics in generous portions and one of the city's best cheese carts. Chez Aline (just minutes away on Rue de la Roquette) is a great place for budget gourmet sandwiches and takeout. At the Marché d'Aligre, Le Baron Rouge is a neighborhood standout for inexpensive wines and oysters in winter.

Bars

You'll have no lack of bars and cafés to choose from on lively Rue de la Roquette, and Place de la Bastille is teeming with nightspots. On the Rue de Charonne, you'll be in good neighborhood company at the Pause Café as well as La Belle Equipe, both open until 2 a.m. For cocktails, Pasdeloup, a 10-minute walk away on Rue Amelot, you'll find stylish, well-priced craft cocktails and a lively backroom scene. A little farther afield, Candelaria and Le Mary Celeste, a 15-minute walk away in the Marais, are two of Paris's best cocktail bars.

WHY WE LIKE IT

If this is the location you're after, and you're on a budget, this is definitely a choice worth considering. Comfortable, friendly, and providing all the no-frills basics plus a streamlined design, this small hotel fits the bill for a convenient option.

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Phones: -01–48–05–30–97

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