Paris, otherwise known as the City of Love and the City of Lights, has no end of ultra-cool places to stay. There’s so much choice, in fact, that it can sometimes be difficult to make your mind up about what takes your fancy. That’s why we’ve done the hard work for you and rounded up seven of the most unusual, quirky places to stay in 2017. Whether it’s a cute boutique with only a handful of rooms or a grand 18th century residence, these are the hotels you’ll want to write home about.
OFF Paris Seine
In a Paris first, OFF Paris Seine sits right on the River Seine, close to the Pont Charles de Gaulle. It’s the perfect starting point for a day’s sight-seeing in the French capital. The riverside location means that everyone who stays here gets a room with a view, and if you want to push the boat out, there are two designer suites on offer with sleek monochrome themes put together by designers Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman. The lounge and bar area comes complete with an infinity pool and sensational views, and makes a lovely spot for breakfasts, weekend brunches and tapas-style evening meals.
Metro: Gare d’Austerlitz
This room at Le Pigalle screams effortlessly cool shabby chic
Welcome to SoPi – the new name for South Pigalle. This hotel puts you in the heart of Paris’ bohemian red-light district, a stone’s throw from the infamous Moulin Rouge and in the shadow of the Sacré-Cœur. The building is a throwback to the Nouvelle-Athènes architectural era, while the interiors are a super-cool, aesthetically pleasing mix of vintage and contemporary styles. This is very much a local hangout, with warm croissants coming from the boulangerie across the road, music spun by a local DJ, and a neighbouring photographer’s works adorning the walls.
This boutique Parisian hideaway is set in an old fabric workshop and overlooks a quaint tree-lined square. With the help of friends and family – plus a motley crew of artists, set designers, film-makers and decorators – Hôtel Edgar’s owner Guillaume Rouget-Luchaire has created one of the most unique places to stay in Paris, with 12 quirky, individually-themed rooms, ranging from a 60s-style boudoir to a would-be treehouse. A Scandinavian-style bar and restaurant offers leisurely breakfasts, classic cocktails and a globetrotting lunch and dinner menu. It’s all just a 15-minute walk from the modern-art haven that is the Centre Pompidou.
Eclectic vibes and patterns galore in this suite at Hôtel Le Bellechasse
Hôtel Le Bellechasse
There’s no such thing as understated at Le Bellechasse, a four-star luxury hotel designed by fashion legend Christian Lacroix. Think flamboyant satins, opulent wallpaper, and ornate furniture in an elegant riot of luxurious design. There’s no restaurant, but you won’t be short of dining options in this part of town – and the stylish breakfast room, bar and terrace give you plenty of space to relax at other times. The Left Bank and the Musée d’Orsay are virtually on your doorstep, while the Musée de Louvre is just a 15-minute walk away.
Metro: Solférino – Bellechasse
Each room at Hôtel Le Bellechasse has its own unique theme
Yes, that “The Hoxton”. The super-cool hotel group already has two branches in London and another in Amsterdam, and it opened its fourth European site in Paris in spring 2017. This is their biggest and grandest effort yet. They’ve restored a formerly derelict 18th century residence to its former glory, retaining many original features while adding their own unmistakeable brand of Shoreditch cool. The hotel boasts a French-inspired restaurant, two bars, two outdoor spaces, and one spectacular lobby. Even better, they’ll deliver a complimentary continental breakfast to the door of your beautifully decorated room every morning.
Metro: Grand Boulevard
The Hoxton’s Jacques Bar is the perfect cosy spot for cocktails after a day of exploring Paris
Hotel Molitor Paris
Fancy a resort-style holiday with the buzz of Paris at your fingertips? Look no further than the fabulous Molitor. Originally opened in 1929, this was the site of Paris’ most popular swimming baths for over 60 years. It fought back against dereliction in the 90s and 00s, finding a new lease of life as an underground arts venue. In 2014, it reopened as this outstanding hotel complex, designed by architect Jean-Philippe Nuel to resemble a cruise ship. One of the highlights is a faithful restoration of the original outdoor swimming pool, but the property also has a gym, a Clarins Spa and a bar and brasserie, and also hosts regular art exhibitions.
Metro: Michel-Ange – Molitor
Parisian monochrome mixed with 19th century elegance at Saint James Paris
Saint James Paris
For the traditional French Château-style experience, stay in the lap of luxury at the Saint James Paris. It sits right in the heart of Paris’ ultra-chic 16th arrondissement, and delivers the peace and tranquillity of a Napoleon III-style château building surrounded by private gardens – all within shouting distance of the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Not only is there a restaurant, bar, sunroom and terrace, but there’s also an indulgent Guerlain spa, offering the perfect chance to relax after a busy day shopping in Paris.
Metro: Avenue Foch