Hotel Original Paris Rating: 3.5 Pearls
11th and 12th Arrondissements (Place de la Bastille), Paris, Ile-de-France

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Pros

  • Beautiful, funky design by fashion designer Stella Cadente
  • Located on the edge of the Marais, near Bastille metro station
  • Walking distance to the Place des Vosges, the Opera Bastille, and the Promenade Plantee
  • Breakfast (for a fee) includes fresh-baked pastries
  • Each room individually designed
  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • Plush linens and lovely, cool fixtures in rooms

Cons

  • No restaurant, spa, or fitness center
  • Traffic noise in rooms that face the street
  • No parking

Bottom Line

The 38-room boutique hotel borders the Marais in the pretty -- and slightly gritty -- 11th arrondissement, surrounded by charming cafes and shops, and within a five-minute walk of the metro station Bastille, where three lines converge. As its name would imply, the hotel is original: The wild design makes quite an impression, and each room is decorated in a different, stunning manner. A breakfast of fresh-baked pastries is available for a fee, and Wi-Fi is free. The boutique feels cozy and homey, but as is often the case with small hotels, amenities are limited.

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 Scene

An original oasis of fun, chic, spirited design

Whimsical French fashion designer Stella Cadente's first hotel in Paris is this six-floor, 1920s building turned into a beautiful fantasyland. Behind the blue facade is a highly designed, modern, slightly kooky atmosphere. The lobby is lit with enchanting LED lighting, gold-leaf walls, and a glowing reception desk. Spiral staircases, sleek, bright furniture, and tile flooring make the space feel cheerful and lively. This hotel lives up to its name: It’s truly an original.

The small, pretty breakfast/bar area has handsome wood floors, crisp white walls, and bright turquoise countertops. The small boutique feels homey but hopelessly cool, like a trip to visit a wild friend with impeccably chic and funky/dreamy style.

 Location

In a lovely, mellow, and delightful neighborhood next to the Marais and near Place de la Bastille

Located at the end of the Boulevard Beaumarchais, between the Place des Vosges and the Place de la Bastille, this hotel is in a renovated, lovely 1920s building. The hotel is near a music store, and beside several chic, eclectic shops, restaurants, and a cafe. The neighborhood is walkable and oozes old Parisian charm. The Promenade Plantee, Paris' elevated park that inspired New York's High Line, is within a 10- to 15-miinute walk, and the Bastille metro station, where three lines converge, is five minutes away on foot.

 Rooms

Individually decorated rooms are beautiful, funky, and fantastical.

Each boudoir, as the rooms are fittingly called, has a fantastical theme, some inspired by "Alice in Wonderland." They are all individually designed: One has dramatic black-and-white striped walls and curtains patterned with giant clubs, spades, and diamonds. Some are entirely white, with jellyfish-like wisps hanging from chandeliers; some beds are draped in furs, and one bathroom is tiled in gorgeous iridescent mosaics. Linens are high quality and plush. In the rooms that face the busy street, traffic noise can get loud. All rooms have free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs.

 Features

A lovely breakfast (for a fee) of fresh pastries; free Wi-Fi

Breakfast includes hot drinks, viennoiseries, fresh bread, yogurt, orange juice, cereal, and fresh fruit -- it’s a lovely meal. Pets are permitted upon request. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Concierges speak many languages and can help guests navigate their visit. Room service is available.

 Bottom Line

The 38-room boutique hotel borders the Marais in the pretty -- and slightly gritty -- 11th arrondissement, surrounded by charming cafes and shops, and within a five-minute walk of the metro station Bastille, where three lines converge. As its name would imply, the hotel is original: The wild design makes quite an impression, and each room is decorated in a different, stunning manner. A breakfast of fresh-baked pastries is available for a fee, and Wi-Fi is free. The boutique feels cozy and homey, but as is often the case with small hotels, amenities are limited.

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Hotel Information

Location: 11th and 12th Arrondissements (Place de la Bastille), Paris
Address: 8 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 11th Arr., Paris 75011, France
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