Between theatreland and Pigalle, it's easy access uphill to Montmartre and the nightspots and music venues of Pigalle and a walk downhill to Opéra and the grand department stores. This is also an interesting corner of authentic lived-in Paris, a mix of the shabby and the reborn, with small shops and ateliers nearby.
The 44 rooms are fun and comfortable with high-quality beds, small but practical desk area, a collage of mirrors and pin-striped wardrobes, though what really gives these rooms character is the brilliant graphic touch of the trompe l'oeil bookshelves, bedhead and moulded cornice drawn on the wall behind the bed and customised for each room. Rooms overlook the street or courtyards and an interesting très Parisian rooftops behind.
Plenty of wit and style here: a reception desk made out of Eiffel Towers, fibreoptics sparkling in the lobby parquet and the striking glazed atrium-style breakfast room/lounge has an industrial vibe with a patchwork of mirrors and a row of chairs made out of old car seats.
Eating and drinking
Breakfast is a generous buffet in the stylish glazed-over courtyard, the hotel tries to use organic produce where possible. Although the bar is not licensed, you can help yourself to tea, coffee or soft drinks all day.
Staff are welcoming and keen to show off their brand new hotel.
Who stays there
It's only been open since the end of 2009 so hard to say yet, but I anticipate a mix of tourists and business travellers.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Backpackers / Students
- Business travellers
- Culture vultures
Pros & Cons
- Great design
- Bar is unlicensed