Hôtel du Ministère

31 Rue de Surène, Paris, 75008, France

Jennifer Ladonne

An oasis of color and light among the more restrained luxury hotels of this decidedly bourgeois neighborhood, the Ministère exudes an air of artsy fun. We like this generous hotel’s upbeat atmosphere, attentive service and, for this neighborhood, gentle price.


Primary color schemes right out of a Mondrian painting, contemporary artworks, mid-century modern furnishings, graphic carpets, curtains, and accents all against white walls bring the smallish standard rooms to life. With soaring ceilings and towering windows overlooking a small courtyard, the cool new duplex suites' are perfect for a family of four or a couples' getaway. Complementary minibar, tea kettles, and Nespresso machines are nice extras.


Contemporary baths have large tubs (some freestanding) or walk-in showers. Larger rooms have double sinks and bath-shower combos.


The lobby, lounge, and breakfast room theme take their cues from Mondrian’s color-block paintings.


An organic buffet breakfast—fruit, pastry and bread, yogurt, charcuterie, smoked salmon, and cheese—is served in a bright, sky lit breakfast room. A delicious, reasonably priced teatime is served between 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Hot meals are available all day in-room.

YOU SHOULD KNOW If you order breakfast in your room you’ll pay a sizable supplement--but if you book on the hotel site, it’s included in the price.


A nice range of drinks is available at the well-stocked all-organic honor bar to sip in an Yves Klein-blue lounge chair in the lobby atrium or on a small outdoor terrace.


Getting Around

Metro station Champs-Élysées-Clémenceau, serviced by line no. 1, Paris’s fastest and most central line, is a five-minute walk away. You can get almost every other line, plus the RER, at the major hub Châtelet, a 10-minute metro ride. For high-end shopping, you've hit the jackpot. The Faubourg Saint-Honoré—and its continuation, the rue Saint-Honoré—just minutes from the hotel, is one of Paris's great shopping streets, jammed with all the top designers (Chanel, Hermès, Alexander McQueen, Goyard, etc.) and is home to the legendary Paris concept store Colette. The other great shopping streets, Avenue Montaigne and the Golden Triangle, are just minutes away in the other direction.


Le Grand Restaurant has it all, a star chef, great decor and top-notch service. Reserve, it's very popular. Bellota, Bellota, that's a Spanish ham, in case you didn't know, and the ones you'll get here are the best. In this neighborhood of restaurants, the cozy atmosphere, and gentle prices are a relief.


Nearby Bar Le Bristol hosts themed Tuesdays, when the gorgeous bar is hopping and your 30 euro cocktail will taste ever that much better. Bar Blaine's sumptuously dusky interiors and bespoke cocktails make it Paris's most popular speakeasy's for high-end hipsters.


This lively, upbeat, and beautifully designed hotel is also a comfortable and affordable choice in a neighborhood that puts you within walking distance of Paris’s top attractions.



Phones: 01 42 66 21 43

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