Kube Rooms & Bars

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Address: 1 - 5 passage Ruelle, Paris, 75018, France

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.1

A designer hotel where everything is cube shaped, including the ice bar.

An offshoot of the fashionable Murano hotel and with its own sibling in St-Tropez, the steel and glass cube that serves as reception leaves no doubt as to the motif at this futuristic hotel, housed in the former headquarters of the Brasseries de la Meuse. That and the artily lit ice (cube) bar, where you are provided with coat and gloves before going inside to drink vodka cocktails in subzero temperatures. It's a great place if you want to lounge around looking cool, though let's face it, this area is probably not what you'd think of as Paris.

 

Location
1.7
90%
Eating/drinking
4
90%
Leisure facilities
4
90%
Service
4
90%
Value for money
3.5
90%
Bedrooms
4.6
90%
Public areas
4.6
90%

Location

Hidden behind a wall at La Chapelle. The area is the one downer here: Don't believe those who claim the hotel is in Montmartre, this is rundown no restaurant, no shop territory and impoverished locals haven't been wildly enthusiastic about the arrival of a luxury hotel in their midst. However, it is convenient for Gare du Nord (accessible by direct subway link to La Chapelle métro) for the Eurostar, Charles de Gaulle airport or trade shows at Paris Nord Villepinte. Montmartre itself is a couple of metro stops west.

Bedrooms

After all the moody lighting and arty black, I find the bedrooms agreeably bright and spacious – once you get through the fingerprint doorlocks – with white cube motif bedside tables, comfortable underlit beds, fun fake-fur curtains and multimedia computer, as well as furry slippers that make you look like a bear. Some have only a glass block wall separating bed from open-plan bathroom (great or not depending who you're with), another has a suspended bed. For the ultimate cool (or downright freezing) experience choose the Nordic Room with its own ice bedroom.

Public areas

Once you enter the main building at the rear of the courtyard, the double height bar/lobby is the focus of the hotel, with deep furry sofas, high windows shaded by curtains, and Eero Aarnio's 60s bubble chairs hanging from chains around the mezzanine, where you'll also find the ice bar, illuminated by constantly changing sequences of LEDs. Bedrooms are reached along eerily black corridors.

Eating and drinking

Although Kube started out without a restaurant, it has since expanded its offering to serve dinner, bar snacks and arty Sunday brunch (accompanied by video projections). The much-touted Ice Bar is fun to try at least once, although it's a steep 38 euros for 30 minutes-worth of vodka cocktails and even the glasses are made of ice.

Leisure facilities

A busy programme of DJ soirées; a small gym.

Service

Despite being so desperately cool, staff are friendly.

Who stays there

A young clubby set and those here for trade shows at Villepinte.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Singles
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Live entertainment
  • Nightlife
  • Romance
  • Trendiness
  • Design and architecture

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious futuristic bedrooms
  • The ice bar
  • The location
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