Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel Pastel

79 Rue Lauriston, Paris, 75116, France See on Map

We're tempted to call this new addition to the 16th arrondissement a "boudoir" hotel (in a nice way) instead of a boutique hotel, so intimate and feminine are these adorably snug—and exceedingly small—rooms, modeled after a chic Paris pied à terre but perhaps more like a luxe ladies dorm, it's a well-priced option in a neighborhood that's very well located, despite being off the beaten tourist path.

YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel website offers a price guarantee and a 10 euro discount, so be sure to check there before booking online.

room

Rooms channel the designer's on nearby Avenue Montaigne (Hermès, Chanel, Dior) for a sleekly feminine ambiance in pastel hues of blue, pink, and dove grey with zebra carpets for some zing. Except for the suites, rooms are tiny, even by Paris standards, but high ceilings help, as do skylights in top-floor rooms. Each rooms has tea service but no

If your budget can handle it, opt for a suite. It's worth it for the extra space.

bathroom

Spotless white marble or granite bathrooms are small but laid out so that you can maneuver between a high-quality shower or tub, toilet, and vanity.

lobby

The reception area offers a chic 50s-inspired lounge in pale shades punctuated by bold graphic stripes, where you can relax on round velvet ottoman or sink into a plush chair or sofa with a drink from the honor bar.

dining

A French-style buffet breakfast, with sweet and savory options, is served in your room or in the sweetly intimate breakfast room.

drinking

A tiny lobby honor bar offers soft drinks, tea and coffee, fruit juice, and a limited wine selection.

LOCATION

Getting Around

Two-minutes from the Boissière and Victor Hugo metro stations and ten minutes to Étoile, a major RER and metro hub.

Equidistant between the Arc de Triomphe and Trocadéro (one of the best spots to view the Eiffel Tower), there's a lot to see and do in a residential area that's off the beaten tourist path but convenient to many major sites on foot, including the Champs-Élysées. There's a slew of world-class museums to explore that many visitors overlook, including the excellent Musée Guimet for Asian art, the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and its sister museum the Palais de Tokyo for contemporary art, and the Palais Galliera, Paris's fashion museum.

Restaurants

A neighborhood institution, La Table Lauriston is always dependable for the kind of classic French fare that goes down so easily with a glass of Bordeaux. Be sure to reserve as it's small and popular with the locals (5 minutes by foot). The Palais de Tokyo contemporary arts center is home to one of Paris's more beautiful restaurants, Monsieur Bleu, a good place for Eiffel Tower viewing, especially on the terrace, as well the new bistro Les Grands Verres, an excellent spot for cocktails, natural wines, and inventive seasonal cuisine. Their attached café is also good if you just want a quick bite and a well-priced glass of wine (about a 10-minute walk from the hotel).

Bars

For a drink we like both Monsieur Bleu and Les Grands Verres and its well-priced café. Both are open beyond the arts center's closing hours (10 minute walk). If you're looking for something a bit more fun, hop over to Le Dokhan's Champagne Bar, at Le Dokhan Hotel, set in a charming 17th-century room, imported from an Italian villa, with an eye-popping choice of Champagne's by the glass or bottle, regular Champagne tastings, and lively jazz nights (a few minutes from the hotel).

WHY WE LIKE IT

This cozy convenience hotel has loads of style, especially for an almost-budget option, and it may come as a surprise how rich in culture and other attractions this overlooked neighborhood actually is. It's also a great area for Eiffel Tower-viewing.

QUICK FACTS

HOTEL INFO

Phones: +33 1 45 53 41 15

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