East of the Bastille, next to a small ecological (read rampantly overgrown) garden, with the lively rue d’Aligre food market (Paris's cheapest) and lots of good bistros nearby. Easy access by metro or bus to the Marais and the rest of Paris.
46 bright white and grey rooms open off external (though rain protected) balconies – which might be offputting in winter – around a courtyard, punctuated by vibrantly coloured lights and Plexiglas panels. There's a different colour each floor (1st floor blue and green, 2nd floor violet and red, 3rd floor yellow; 4th floor pink) and plenty of clever ideas: Tamtam stools, articulated Artemide metal bedside lamps, i-Pod dock and the room number in giant grey figures on the wall. I particularly like the bathrooms in matching shades of mosaic, with coloured Plexiglas doors and sophisticated showers.
The lobby is dazzling white with a pantone coloured chromatic mosaic, a chandelier of different coloured Bob Design Bulb lamps and a computer for the use of hotel guests.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is eaten in an exposed stone cellar.
Slightly short staffed: the reception desk can get a little harrassed.
Who stays there
A young international design crowd.
The buffet breakfast costs 12 euros.
- High-Speed Internet
- Pets Allowed
- Room Service
- Backpackers / Students
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
Pros & Cons
- Bright, cheerful rooms
- Exposed landings