8 rue de Navarin, Paris, France, 75009
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Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Hôtel Amour
Overtly trendy places can be intimidating, but I find the Amour remarkably relaxed and friendly. In fact this brainchild of artist-cum-nightclub entrepreneur André (behind Le Baron and La Fidelité) and Thierry (son of) Costes is a deliberate form of anti-design design: a pink neon sign beckons you in from the street, exposed lightbulbs hang in glossy corridors and the 20 rooms, some with fashionably open-plan baths, are an arty brothel-chic blend of graphic curtains and fleamarket furniture.
In once sleazy south Pigalle (SoPi), now one of the most happening parts of the city. It's just down the hill from Montmartre and an easy walk to the Grands Boulevards.
A few have been decorated by artists: 50s schoolgirl retro from Sophie Calle, glow-in-the-dark graphics from M/M (Paris) and co-owner André's personal mix of Mr A cushions, customised robots and Terry Richardson photos. Another is decorated with detective novels and photo mags, while several have cheerful Marimekko print curtains. The Amour gets back to basics: think no TV, no telephone, but a comfortable bed, good shower and a dock for your i-pod, though lack of air-conditioning and double-glazing can mean streetside noise.
There is a 70s style bar and bistro downstairs and a romantically overgrown courtyard at the rear with candelit tables. Table football is located in the cellar.
The downstairs bistro Hôtel Amour, where you can dine in the 70s interior or al fresco in the ivy-hung courtyard, has a great atmosphere and draws a varied Parisian crowd for good simple food, perhaps roast chicken or a Ceasar salad.
Laidback and friendly, though don't expect room service; restaurant staff are lovely.
Actually a surprisingly varied crowd for somewhere so trendy.
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