A spirited décor marks this chic boutique hotel that’s fully tuned to the pulse of its young, happening neighborhood. Close to some of Paris's best small bistros, cocktail bars and plenty of nightlife, the hotel—once a textile factory—takes the many arts and crafts workshops that once lined this quiet two-block street as the theme for its 33 rooms.
Dusky chocolate-brown corridors open onto bright, cheerful rooms whose smallish interiors are offset by splashes of brilliant color, unusually high ceilings, exposed brick, huge windows and some skylights. Beds are big and comfy with fanciful headboards and quality linens.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Top-floor duplex rooms are lit only by skylights, so they’re a bit darker than standard rooms.
Chic modern bathrooms with snazzy tiles have either baths with showers or walk-in rain showers. Some come with separate toilets. L’Occitaine products are a nice upscale touch.
The stylish lobby is done in a mix-and-match décor that blends contemporary industrial design elements and flea market finds (and a sewing machine in a nod to the building’s past). The breakfast area is open all day for working or to relax with a complimentary tea or coffee and pastry or a drink from the honesty bar.
The sleek spa contains a small but well-equipped gym, available to guests all day, and sauna that you can book for 45-minute sessions. A range of massages, facials and body care are is available in a spacious treatment room from 9 am to 9 pm.
A buffet-style continental breakfast (served from 7am-11am) is a cut above the usual, with breakfast pastries, fresh fruit, smoked salmon, artisan yogurts, scrambled eggs and sausages and cold cuts. A room-service menu of bistro classics is available from Le Villaret restaurant next door.
The hotel is close to the Saint-Ambroise metro station and a quick walk to the metro hub République, where five lines converge, as well as buses. A nearby Velib bike sharing station allows you to take advantage of Paris’s improved bike lanes.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Besides a great location tucked away on a typically Parisian artisan’s street, it’s also close to two of our favorite Paris shopping and dining districts, at the edge of the Haut Marais and Canal St-Martin. The hotel furnishes handy guides to everything you’ll want to see in the neighborhood, transport, etc., just one more service from a hotel that seems to think of everything.