On a quiet crescent behind the pretty place St-Georges in up-and-coming So-Pi (southern Pigalle). This is the Paris of the 19th-century Romantics and today that of the 21st-century bourgeois bohème. Great foodshops nearby on rue des Martyrs, Montmartre up the hill, and a metro stop just round the corner.
Modern and minimalist: think bright white with one contrasting wall (apple green, sludge brown, etc). Furnishings can best be described as casual-chic – a deckchair on one hand, an old chest of drawers or 30s dressing table found at the fleamarket on the other, which adds an appealing, individual touch – though some might find the style a bit Spartan, and it would help to have a ceiling lamp as well as the pretty but small table lamps. Beds are extremely firm. The best rooms are spacious 301, 302, 401, 402 at the front. Many have typically eclectic views of hôtel particuliers, apartment stairways and rooftop gardens. If you're with kids, reserve the two-room suite opening onto the little courtyard or the top-floor attic suite.
Downstairs is bright and breezy with a relaxed bar-cum-salon at the front with table football, art books and paperbacks to browse, and breakfast room with artists' prints on the walls (Daniel Buren stripes), overlooking a small patio courtyard; corridors are bright with more booksheves.
Eating and drinking
A simple continental breakfast, and a bar where they'll happily serve you coffee, a glass of wine and homemade cakes.
Table football in the lounge.
Discrete but helpful.
Who stays there
Fashion people, an arty, literary set, all ages and from all over Europe.
Breakfast costs 11 euros.
- High-Speed Internet
- Culture vultures
- Families with younger children
- Mature travellers
- Chilling out
Pros & Cons
- Simple yet stylish
- Not air conditioned