Although Paris is known to be a city steeped in tradition, it is also a city generating an exciting list of boutique hotels. Each arrondissment has their own distinct quirk and charm, and consequently, a boutique hotel to capture the mood of the neighborhood. Last week I took on the task to uncover three design hotels where you can still catch locals hanging after hours.
Grand Boulevard Hotel – One of the newest additions to Paris’s boutique hotel scene, in a location which straddles on the 2nd, 9th and 10nth district. The Grand Hotel is located in a spacious revolution era building built on the foundation of an old garden. One step into the foyer and you’re immediately immersed in the soft chatter of the hotel restaurant ensconced under atrium lighting.
Perks: The jewel tone rooms have crafted a perfect blend of French flourishes with clean, modern design. The neighborhood is also dubbed as the next Marais by locals – it is far less trodden by tourists with low-key shops, brasseries and bars in the area.
Grand Pigalle Hotel – Located in the trendy South Pigalle neighborhood in the 9th arrondissment, which is in proximity to some of Paris’s most colorful nightlife scene and a range of bars and bistros.
Perks: A great base for exploring paris au pied, with the hills of Montmartre just steps away and no shortage of boutiques and brasseries in the area.
Hôtel Saint-Marc – designed by illustrious Dimore Studio, Hôtel Saint-Marc is tucked away on an unassuming street corner in the 2nd district. While the last two hotels destinations are places to be seen, Hôtel Saint-Marc has a hushed, insider ambiance.
Perks: The hotel rates high in design with no expense spared, with a full service spa available for guests. Oh, and there’s Hermès toiletries in every bathroom.