Le General Hotel
5-7 Rue Rampon, Paris, France, 75011
- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Business travellers, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Singles, Nightlife, Relaxation, Trendiness
Expert review of Le General Hotel
This relaxed airy haunt designed by architect Jean-Philippe Nuel was among the first of Paris’s affordable design hotels, setting off a trend for bringing sophisticated design to affordable districts, but it doesn't take itself too seriously – it has an appealingly laidback atmosphere and witty touches.
On a side street near République, this is not the most scenic part of Paris but it's ideal for flitting between the rue Oberkampf bars and the trendy shops and galleries of the Haut-Marais, and there are excellent metro connections for everywhere.
Bedrooms are crisp and calm in tones of beige and brown, with clean-lined wooden furniture and black and white photos of the Eiffel Tower and other Paris sights. The standard rooms are quite small, though well thought out, with good-quality beds, sleek bathrooms with Occitane products, and some whimsical touches – plastic ducks, a courtesy tray and a fresh green apple left on the pillow for your arrival. Those on the fifth floor have small balconies with Art Deco ironwork. The three suites, which can sleep four, are unusual, with a salon (with sofa bed) and bedroom located on either side of a central bathroom, with the bath visible through a window at the end of the bed.
My favourite part of the hotel is the open-plan ground floor, where shocking pink touches and jazzy wallpaper punctuate the dark parquet and sleek brown and white armchairs. It's cleverly divided into different areas, allowing you to find a quiet salon corner for a discrete meeting or perch sociably on a stool along the bar. There's also a small business centre with computer and printer for guests.
Buffet breakfast served downstairs, and a funky bar with fluo pink backlighting and a bowl of jellybeans alongside the Champagne on the bar.
Fitness room and sauna in the basement.
Professional if a bit impersonal.
Young international trendies and business travellers.
Breakfast costs 18 euros.
More information on Le General Hotel:
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- 5-7 Rue Rampon, Paris, France, 75011
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Room Service