Where to find the coolest hotels in Paris

Lately I’ve been looking for the coolest hotels in Paris because now that the weather’s warming up, I’m getting more and more visitors coming over. While it’s easy to find a generic hotel in Paris (there are literally thousands) it’s harder to come across something that’s genuinely cool. I’m a bit of a hotel snob you see, but not in the traditional sense. Funnily enough I turn my nose up at anything that’s too posh, too stuffy, too standard or too .. well, boring.

What’s wrong with a luxury 5 star Shangri-La hotel, you ask? Nothing, they’re amazing. It’s just that trendy hotels are more likely to have better bathroom products, fun in-room perks like a ‘make your own gin’ sets, more interesting communal spaces that you actually want to hang out in, better value for money, better recommendations and most importantly – better coffee.

So today I’ve rounded up some of the coolest hotels in Paris. These are the ones that I’m recommending to friends and family who visit – mostly so I can come hang out in the hotel with them 😉

In no particular order, here are some favourites.

Top 8 Coolest Hotels in Paris 2018


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The Hoxton

2nd arrondissement

The Hoxton is one of my favourite hotel chains. Their hotels in London have been my go-to for freelance working ‘from home’ days, meetings and catch ups with friends over coffee, brunch or drinks. As soon as I moved to Paris, the Hoxton was the first place I went to for a taste of home. It didn’t disappoint. In fact if anything, the Hoxton Paris is even better than its London counterparts.

The hotel’s public spaces were designed by the team behind Soho House – who are only the most Instagramable hotels out there. So it’s no surprise the Hoxton Paris’ lobby and beautiful spiral staircase are all over social media, making them without a doubt one of the coolest hotels in Paris.

When you stay here you can expect gorgeous Art Deco / mid-century décor, mosaic marble floors, excellent coffee under an indoor garden wall, a lovely outdoor terrace and a beautiful bar that’s loosely themed around Morocco. Oh, and the rooms styled by Humbert & Poyet are also ? spot on.

The hotel perks, or ‘Hox Perks’ as they call them, include their own guide to the neighbourhood, a free daily breakfast bag drop, free WiFi and free calls to anywhere in the world.

Address: 30-32 Rue du Sentier, 75002 Paris

Price: Rooms start from €109 per night. Click below to check availability via Booking.com

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Mama Shelter

20th arrondissement

Exposed concrete walls, pure white bed linen, iMac TVs in every room, custom-made carpets, quirky lampshades with wearable masks in every room. It’s pretty obvious this isn’t just your average Novotel, which is why it’s landed on the coolest hotels in Paris list.

This place is huge with 172 rooms, but I guarantee that it’s much cooler than any other 172-room hotel you’ve ever stayed in. There’s an on-site pizzeria with a long sharing table, a cocktail bar and the best part… a rooftop bar with a laid-back vibe (which is surprisingly hard to come by) that was voted by Vogue as one of the best in Paris.

Mama Shelter is found in the 20th arrondissement of Paris so it’s a little further out than the other hotels on this list. However, it’s a quick stroll to metro line 3 which will take you into the heart of Paris, the Marais and the popular shopping districts near Sentier and Opera. It’s also a short walk to metro line 9 which goes straight up to Montmartre or all the way over to the Arc de Triumph. More locally, it borders the trendy 11th arrondissement which is a foodie haven with some of the best restaurants in Paris.

Address: 109 Rue de Bagnolet, 75020 Paris

Rooms start from €120 per night. Click below to check availability via Booking.com

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Le Pigalle Hotel

9th arrondissement

Neoclassical décor, vintage furniture, free iPads, artwork supplied by local artists, music supplied by local DJs and pastries supplied by local bakeries. Le Pigalle Hotel easily hits the coolest hotels in Paris list with its focus on authentic style, trendy ‘extras’ and supporting the local neighbourhood. Suites even come with their own turntables and hand-picked vinyl record collections!

The hotel’s ground floor has its own café, bar and restaurant, a vinyl record library and a newspaper and book kiosk. Their basement lounge with jukebox is known for the occasional party and live entertainment. The bathroom products are ah-mazing and they serve quality coffee for just €1.

In terms of location, it doesn’t get much better. Pigalle is one of my favourite areas in Paris – right at the foot of Montmartre and a stone’s throw from Rue des Martyrs, a charming local street filled with independent stores, restaurants, bakeries and cake shops. Pigalle was once a famous red-light district of Paris, full of sex shops, cabarets and hostess clubs. I say ‘once’ but you’ll actually still see a lot of it around, but these days the area’s vibe is much less seedy and a lot more trendy.

Address: 9 Rue Frochot, 75009 Paris

Rooms start from €119 per night. Click below to check availability via Booking.com

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Hotel 1K, Paris

3rd arrondissement

Found in the most fashionable area of Paris in le Marais, this 4-star hotel is the perfect blend of trendy and luxe. The Mexican/South American inspired theme oozes style and the hotel has a Pisco bar with amazing cocktails, a state of the art gym and a suite with its own rooftop pool (OK it’s tiny but it’s still a rooftop pool in Paris!)

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The beds are huge and there’s plenty of tech in the room to please all gadget-lovers.

Address: 13 Boulevard du Temple, 75003 Paris

Rooms start from €190 per night. Click below to check availability via Booking.com

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Hotel Molitor Paris

16th arrondissement

It was love at first Instagram-sight when I first discovered this hotel a few months ago. I mean… just look at it! It looks like it’s jumped straight out of a Wes Anderson film. Not only is it a favourite for that pool and the amazing rooftop bar (that’s open to the public), this place has some serious history too.

It was originally opened in 1929 and was the ‘it’ place for the next 60 years, its avant-garde atmosphere attracting celebrity regulars and the launch of the bikini in 1946. In 1989 it closed and the abandoned building became a mecca for Parisian artists, with underground parties, gigs and fashion shows keeping it (unofficially) alive. After 20 years abandonment, the building was regenerated to its former glory, reopening in 2014 as the 124-room hotel that it is today.

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Nowadays you can enjoy the luxe minimalist design of the hotel rooms, the incredibly restored ArtDeco swimming pools, the spa, brasserie and rooftop bar. If you just want to visit the pool for a day, buying a day pass is pretty expensive and actually it can often work out cheaper to just book a room for the night!

Address: 13 Rue Nungesser et Coli, 75016 Paris

Rooms start from €210 per night. Prices provided by Booking.com. Click below to check availability

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Hôtel National Des Arts et Métiers

3rd arrondissement

There’s one word to describe this hotel – lush! From it’s excellent restaurant to its indoor garden courtyard, lobby area, ground floor café and rooftop bar with views over all of Paris. Everything is lush!

This super stylish hotel is found in a quiet corner of the Marais. It borders on the 2nd arrondissement making it just a ten-minute walk from the buzzing Rue Montorgeuil and surrounding shopping and foodie haven.

Just like the exterior and communal spaces, the rooms are… you guessed it, lush. Modern and minimalist design with touches of industrial-chic.

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Did I mention the incredible rooftop bar? Seriously, views for days. Coupled with the décor, it has secured the hotel’s place amongst the coolest hotels in Paris.

Address: 243 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris

Rooms start from €199 per night. Prices provided by Booking.com. Click below to check availability

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Hôtel Providence

10th arrondissement

The décor in this hotel is second to none. You’ll be engulfed by the opulence of this building the moment you step in.

With its incredible interiors, Hôtel Providence feels more like a home than a hotel. They have just 18 rooms which have all been individually designed to perfection. All rooms have iMacs, a fully stocked cocktail bar individual to each room, with a built-in ice maker. You’ll even get a step-by-step guide for how to mix your own cocktails.

You’ll find the hotel on a quaint little cobblestone side street, in a 19th-century townhouse. It’s also in one of Paris’ trendiest areas. Surrounded by boutiques, galleries, amazing restaurants and the ultimate brunch spots in the city, you won’t have to go far to discover some of the best of what Paris has to offer.

Oh, and the rooftop has postcard views of Paris!

Address: 90 Rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris

Rooms start from €199 per night. Prices provided by HotelsCombined.com. Click below to check availability

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Les Bains

The easiest way to recognise a trendy hotel is when it’s not just a hotel, it’s also a concept store / coffee shop / restaurant / bar and nightclub. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Les Bains.

Another hotel with some amazing history, this arty hotel is found in an old public bathhouse built in 1885. Not ending there, in 1978 it reopened as a club and transformed into the temple of Parisian nightlife. It hosted people like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yves Saint Laurent, Karl Lagerfeld, Naomi Campbell, Claudia Schiffer, Bono, Prince, David Bowie, Mick Jagger, etc. The list goes on and on.

Fast forward to today and the hotel now has 39 unique and spacious rooms on offer with paired-back chic décor. The location is super central, in the top corner of the Marais and close to the buzzing Rue Montorgeuil as well as Centre Pompidou.

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The shared spaces are stunning, the bath tubs are lush and the bar has everything from cocktails to wellness drinks, making this a beautiful oasis that will be hard to leave!

Address: 90 Rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris

Rooms start from €275 per night. Click below to check availability via Booking.com

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What do you think are the coolest hotels in Paris? Have you ever stayed in one of these? Do you know of any others that should be added to the list? Let me know in the comments.

Kamila x
New Girl in Paris

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