In the mood to liven up your evenings? Palaces and 5 stars no longer have the monopoly of stylish rolls in the hay. Whip out your sexy lingerie and set down your designer overnight bag with your latest lover in one of the coolest hotels in Paris. DO NOT DISTURB sign required.
Mama Shelter Paris West
The spirit: this new gem in the South of Paris, signed Jean-Michel Wilmotte, features the joyful bustle of the famous group with colour, prints and good humour from floor to ceiling. A venue of coolness leaving room for naughty instincts with, cherry on the cake, a rooftop and an incredible terrace with bar and mini basket-ball area.
The added plus: the restaurant table, whose menu was put together by three-star chef Guy Savoy— chakchouka, pork ribs, coquillettes pasta, cheeseburgers and poke bowls at friendly prices (€ 21 for the daily lunch menu). Fireplace option as bonus.
20 Avenue de la Porte de la Plaine, 75015 Paris
Starting at €119 per night
The spirit: an adorable 9-room hotel the heart of the Marais, a skip and a hop from Place des Vosges, decorated by the amazing Laura Gonzalez in a refined cocoon spirit featuring wall-to-wall carpeting with large floral print, velvet and nice mosaics in the bathroom. An “at home”, feeling but even better, with pretty trinkets and special attentions that make you feel comfy.
The added plus: the patio breakfast in an Haussmannian courtyard behind the restaurant. On the menu: scrambled eggs and smoked salmon (€10), granola yogurt bowl, granola, honey and passion (€8) or simply the Parisienne formula: baguette, fresh juice, tea and viennoiserie (€9.5).
3 Rue Ferdinand Duval, 75004 Paris
Starting at €150 per night
© Droits Réservés Groupe Arcange
The spirit: it’s the new 4-star design hotel with spa and neo-bistro by architect Thomas Vidalenc. Result, the 37 rooms, inspired by a fanciful Oriental Europe, have their own identity: they all recall the aesthetics of 50-60s comic strips. And good news, the breakfast can also be served on the exceptional secret terrace-garden of the restaurant headed by chef Michaël Riss (ex-Le Meurice) starting at €22.
The added plus: the dream spa inspired by the design of Russian baths from the 60s (subway tiling, globe hanging fixtures). On the programme, a pool (8x2m) and a sauna, to be privatized for free during one hour.
30 Rue Ballu, 75009 Paris. 01 86 54 21 21.
Starting at €170 per night.
The spirit: an Art Deco gem, wildly chic and elegant, nestled near Beaugrenelle, the shopping rendezvous of the 15th arrondissement. Inaugurated last summer, Rose Bourbon highlights noble materials (marble, mosaic frieze) and special details (mouldings, hanging brass fixtures, Italian shower). None of the 39 rooms are identical. Surprise surprise!
The added plus: the splendid wine bar (starting at €5) and the terrific breakfast with eggs, viennoiseries, pancakes, breads with or without gluten... served buffet-style, or directly under your comforter (€12).
53 Rue de l'Église, 75015 Paris. 01 45 57 35 80.
Starting at €75 per night.
Hôtel des Grands Boulevards
The spirit: hidden in a private mansion, the latest addition in Parisian hotels by the team of l’Expérimental is right on target. Normal, it’s the star of Parisian decoration, Dorothée Meilichzon, who conceived this very atypical venue with a royal atmosphere: majestic four-poster beds, washed out blue earthenware tiles, aged wood. An atmosphere quite conducive to hopping in bed.
The added plus: the possibility of having room service bring up delicious dishes from the gourmet table of Giovanni Passerini, considered as one of the best Italian chefs in Paris (he was elected chef of the year by Le Fooding) and heads the restaurant of l’Hôtel des Grands Boulevards.
17 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002 Paris. 01 85 73 33 33.
Starting at €179 per night.
The spirit: Eden in real life imagined by Cyril Aouizerate, co-founder of the Mama Shelter hotels. In short, the “n” spot for trendy Parisians and hip stars passing through the Puces de Saint-Ouen flea market— 5 minutes from the metro. Particularities: rooftop yoga, green restaurant, coworking space, shared vegetal garden, XXL terrace…
The added plus: the Med driven menu (grilled eggplant, chakchouka, falafels...) and pizzas, always organic and sustainable. Special kudos for the Sunday lunch, at €24. It really feels great!
4-6 Rue Gambetta, 93400 Saint-Ouen. 01 47 00 70 70.
Starting at €69 per night.
The spirit: a tiny 18-room hotel where each room is unique, set up by the successful team of Moussié whose reputation is way up there (Le Barbès, Bouillon Pigalle, Jeannette & co, that’s them). Just imagine a furiously Parisian mini-building on a pedestrian square, transformed into a friends’ house where all the socialites passing through Paris settle down their luggage (Garance Doré has made it her second home). A cocotte spirit, Art Deco touches, vintage objects, all pimped by incredible fabrics and lamps signed House of Hackney—the super trendy label of London decoration. Super flashy! And or course, the restaurant and the heated terrace where all the hip Parisians gather each evening.
The added plus: a small cocktails bar with all the trimmings (ice cubes, lemon, fresh mint, bitters, fab brass shaker...) in each room, a DIY cocktail list. One almost feels like Lord Brett Sinclair in The Persuaders. Totally classy.
90 Rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris. 01 46 34 34 04.
Starting at €191 per night.
Terminus Nord 25 hours
The spirit: in the same line as Ace Hotels, the ultimate urban chain 25 Hours systematically sets up its hotels in bustling districts, inspiring itself from “local heroes” to imagine its decoration. In Paris, 25 hours has set down its luggage at Terminus Nord, across from the train station, where one finds all the gimmicks of the district: graff representing Jocelyn Armel Bindickou, the owner of the famous Sape & Co boutique, the Mecca of hip Parisian clothing in Barbès, bed linen conceived with traditional African wax fabric recalling the Congolese boubous of Château Rouge or film posters as in Kollywood, specially conceived by the famous Indian film director Sushant Sanda.
The added plus: the breakfast room on the first floor. An ultra refined boudoir spirit, powder pink and velvet, sheltered from the brouhaha and the noisy frenzy under the windows of the hotel. To be noted, the super stylish and refined buffet—ideal for brunch.
12 Boulevard de Denain, 75010 Paris. 01 42 80 20 00.
Starting at €131 per night.
Hôtel Grand Amour
The spirit: led by the truculent André Saraiva (Le Baron), the team of socialite agitators to whom we owe Hotel Amour have done it again on Rue de la Fidélité. Always larger, always trendier, the entire hip clique followed suit. Us also! In total, 42 rooms that resemble real Parisian apartments: period furniture, designer pieces, artist photos.
The added plus: the dining room with its great heated terrace where you are sure to run into a wide array of beatiful people from the world of fashion, music, cinema. In short, everything we dream of. On the menu, croque-madame (€14), tartare (€16), fish and chips (€16), cocktails (€14).
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18 Rue de la Fidélité, 75010 Paris Bienvenu. 01 44 16 03 30.
Starting at €149 per night.
The spirit: here it’s real Pigalle. At the same time rock, pop, a tad provocative and sulfurous, this trendy HQ claims loud and clear its anchoring in the district. A far cry from aseptic hotel rooms, Agence Festen has recreated the atmosphere of flats we would dream to live in: vintage furniture, concert posters, retro trinkets, bathtub with feet.
The added plus: the restaurant/bar with the allure of a 70s living room, filled with reminders of the venue’s past (pole dance bar, neon mouth, private salons). On the menu, tartines, arancini and cocktails that are truly worth the visit.
9 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris. 01 48 78 37 14
Starting at €148 per night.
The spirit: Haussmann lobby, floral prints, duck blue walls, cement tiles and XXL beds, the Belleval ticks all the boxes of our current obsessions. Inaugurated in April 2018, the 4 star welcomes its guests as if it were their home—and it’s very enjoyable.
The added plus: The absolutely delicious cocktails bar to start off daringly a muy caliente romantic night (Romarin Tonic with gin and cucumber, €12).
16 Rue de la Pépinière, 75008 Paris. 01 85 73 36 45.
Starting at €150 per night.
The spirit: Caroline and Camille Antoun have picked up the flame of the New Hotel label founded by their father. First corner stone: a new made in Oberkampf address, conceived like a Parisian pad but better. The asset of an all-comfort hotel with the lifestyle of a house, starting with an amazing lobby: terrazzo floor, the iconic DS-600 sofa signed de Sede, 70’s armchairs and Charlotte Perriand wall lamps.
The added plus: illegitimates will appreciate. No bar, nor restaurant where you might run into the “wrong persons”. However, there is a coffee-shop and a terrace for breakfast where you feel right at home. And if you have a hunger pang in the evening, the desk can send a bottle of champagne up to your room as well as your Ubereats delivery.
3 Rue Pétion, 75011 Paris. 01 43 79 02 33.
Starting at €120 per night.
The spirit: the maestro of Parisian hospitality does it again. Adrien Gloaguen (Hôtel Paradis, Hôtel Panache) entrusted the decoration of his newborn to Chloé Nègre (ex India Mahdavi), who signs a darling bucolic bubble between Pigalle and the Grands Boulevards. Each floor has its pastel overtone: pink, yellow, blue, green. A warm and cosy setting where you will happily snuggle with your loved one.
The added plus: the atomic kitchen with the Asian influences of chef Minou Sabahi: spring rolls (pear, coriander and fresh orange), a bag croque-monsieur, vegan curry, to be savoured in the dining room-veranda, while waiting for the mild weather in order to enjoy the garden.
23 Rue Buffault, 75009 Paris. 01 48 78 32 18.
Starting at €180 per night.