BLC Design Hotel

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Address: 4 rue Richard-Lenoir, Paris, 75011, France

Star rating:
3 star hotel

4.5

A zen, white Bastille hotel with sleep-therapy built in.

White and bright. Everything is pared-back and calm at this totally revamped hotel but whereas it could just be another case of minimalism, I was impressed by the way the design has been used to create a soothing atmosphere and not simply a style. Yes, there are designer stools but they also want you to sleep well. As to BLC, that stands for blanc (white).

 

Location
4.3
90%
Eating/drinking
3.5
90%
Leisure facilities
n/a
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Bedrooms
4.6
90%
Public areas
4
90%

Location

It's located on a quiet side street off rue de Charonne, which runs through the Bastille district. At first sight it's a bit out of the way but it's well placed for lots of good bars and foodie restaurants.

Bedrooms

White. But with plenty of clever ideas and good lighting that makes them inviting. A reductionalist approach means no wardrobes, rather drawers under the bed and coat hooks, desks are replaced by sheet metal ledges. White blinds. White basins. White duvets. It's all warmed up however by striking photoworks behind each bed by Lise Laure Batifol of details of women, in tribute to the nearby Palais de la Femme (an iconic women's hostel). Plenty of attention has gone into ensuring you sleep well, thanks to the intriguing Night Cove, a techie lamp gadget developed by designer Patrick Jouin and a sleep specialist at Paris's Hôtel Dieu hospital, which hums and buzzes away in the background, with changing sound and light patterns, to lull you into sleep, help you nap or wake you up in the morning. And you either love or hate the mirrored showers. Doubles are decent sized. The singles are compact with an open-plan bathroom style — shower and basin shielded only by curtains but are perfectly adequate for a short stay and pleasantly bright with large window overlooking the street. One ground-floor room is wheelchair accessible and also has a small, private wood-decked patio.

Public areas

There is a white open-plan groundfloor reception area and breakfast bar.

Eating and drinking

A breakfast buffet is served at the downstairs bar – they've recently widened the choice of charcuterie, cheese and fresh fruit. There's only one table, everyone else has to perch on a stool along a counter. They'll also willingly bring drinks (notably unusual mineral waters) up to your room.

Service

Helpful chatty reception staff, quick to fix things that don't work.

Who stays there

Prized by both young couples, many of them British, and single business travellers. It's only been open a year but is already getting a lot of return visitors.

Price advice

Breakfast is an additional 12 euros.

Amenities

  • High-Speed Internet
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • Relaxation
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • A Night Cove to lull you to sleep.
  • You'll love or hate the mirrored showers.
  • Breakfast bar gets very crowded in the morning.
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