Cool and understated, this chic 23-room hotel set in three buildings on a quiet, typically Parisian street a couple blocks from the Centre Pompidou, simply radiates cool. Stylish black-and-white photos and rotating art shows set the tone, and the laid back cocktail lounge is a magnet for neighborhood hipters, who seem right out of a Fellini movie. The hotel’s central terrace, with a lush plant wall, is a marvelous spot to sip a craft cocktail in warm weather and in cooler temperatures there’s a roaring fire to keep you toasty.
Shopping in the Haut Marais is as cool as it gets in Paris, especially on rues Charlot, Vieille du Temple, Poitu, and, most recently, Blvd Beaumarchais, home of Paris’s best concept store for fashion and the home, Merci, plus a bevvy of other oh-so-fabulous boutiques.
Spare and streamlined rooms—one of which are entered via the courtyard—focus on raw materials: wood, concrete, wool, slate, and linen, and though rather small, except for the handsome Duplex suite, about half have terraces. The higher floors in the main building offer breathtaking views over the Paris rooftops all the way to Sacré Coeur.
YOU SHOULD KNOW There are no in-room minibar or coffee machines (except for a Nespresso maker in the Duplex).
Baths are small but clean and ultra-modern, with slate or anthracite tiles, and most with standing shower only.
A small reception area opens onto a chic, art-filled bar and a spacious lounge, but the real highlight is the outdoor terrace.
Breakfast, in the lounge or terrace, is a casual but high-quality affair, with yummy local pastries and bread (and butter by the famous St. Malo-based Beurre Bordier), fresh-squeezed juice, cereals, yogurt, cheese, charcuteries, eggs, and raw veggies.
This happening bar is a place to see and be seen, but in a good way, and locals love it. Both chic and down-to-earth, the cocktails are notably good, wines are natural and the house champagne is Veuve Cliquot.
Just minutes from the Arts et Métiers metro station, and less than 10 minutes by foot from République, where at least five metro lines converge, getting around is as easy as can be. Set on a quiet street in the Marais, this old Paris neighborhood—now a superchic hipster haven—is convenient to some of Paris’s best museums (including the fabulous Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature), stylish dining and cafés, Marais shopping, Les Halles, République, Canal St-Martin and the second arrondissement’s burgeoning cocktail scene.
The Marché des Enfants Rouges, Paris’s oldest covered market, is a must for its picturesque stalls brimming with every French delicacy and its excellent open-air restaurants. The great Paris concept store Merci's downstairs garden café is a must for gourmet vegetarians and those who love a well thought out salad (plus a risotto of the day and soups). Desserts are to-die-for.
Le Mary Celeste has half-price oysters at happy hour (starting at 6 p.m.) and some excellent cocktails choices. Across the street, Candelaria, by the same owners, is a taco joint with a fabulous bar. The Little Red Door speakeasy is as chic as can be.
WHY WE LIKE IT
An off-the-radar, Paris insider vibe makes you feel like you’re part of the neighborhood and not just a tourist. Who needs a mini-bar when you’ve got a supercool cocktail lounge to come home to in a neighborhood so packed with things to see and do you couldn’t do it all in a week.