Famous for its romantic atmosphere, iconic architecture and centuries of artistic achievement, Paris is one of the world’s most beloved cities. The French capital is always everything a visitor wants it to be and amid the bustle of everyday life you can still find typical Parisian stereotypes of handsome poets and elegant fashionistas. Paris is at the forefront of many leading artistic and design movements and many of the city’s beautiful hotels reflect this trend. Here is a collection of our collective favourite cool, quirky and unusual hotels in Paris that are not just for Valentine’s day…
Le Bellechasse – flamboyant Parisian chic
Striking and elaborately designed, Le Bellechasse sits comfortably within the narrow streets of the trendy Saint-Germain district. Not out of place among all the art galleries and prestigious antique shops also located here, this quirky boutique hotel in Paris offers a visual feast in gigantic portions. Le Bellechasse has been fully decorated by famous fashion designer Christian Lacroix in a typically Parisian decadent style (circa the 19th century). If you decide to stay at this hotel – expect the unusual. Oddities include giant wall butterflies, winged dandies and enormous playing cards but yet the hotel still manages to remain tasteful.
- Prices from €120 per night.
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Vice Versa Hotel – cute and kitsch
A cake themed room you say? I’m in! … This hotel is kitsch and conceptual from floorboards to rafters so it may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it sure is mine! Vice Versa Hotel‘s seven floors are themed each representing one of the seven deadly sins… I stayed with the gluttons, my bed was a cupcake and my lamps were tea pots! Happy days! Wandering around the communal spaces and corridors I could see snatches of each sin… greed heavily revolved around banknotes, anger around red black and revolvers and lust was like being inside a racy corset My first thought as I entered the pristine white lounge was ‘I hope I don’t spill anything’ but the friendly staff and general tongue in cheek atmosphere of the hotel soon calmed me down… a novelty not to be missed!
- Prices from €85 per night.
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Murano Resort Paris – luxurious avant-garde
An extravagant avant-garde design hotel and self proclaimed ‘urban resort,’ the very cool Murano Resort hotel is a stylish choice for those wishing to be near the famous cultural sites of Paris. This place effortlessly mixes luxury, modern technology and attention to detail. In each of the 52 rooms you will find everything from essential oil kits and mood lighting control panels to ‘pillow menus’ – and who needs keys when you have a fingerprint ID door access system to play with?
- Prices from €130 per night.
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Hotel Du Petit Moulin – designer boudoir chic
Once the oldest bakery in Paris, now the building has been fully refurbished to create a small boutique hotel adorned with a large lashing of Christian Lacroix flamboyance. The result is an intimate but very colourful modern boudoir style of accommodation that you certainly won’t forget in a hurry. Each room at the fabulous Hotel Du Petit Moulin is uniquely designed and one even features scribbles and drawings taken from Lacroix’s very own sketchbook. Also perfectly located for fashion boutique shopping.
- Prices from €120 a night.
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One by the Five – for something extra special
Marketing itself as the ultimate romantic experience, One by the Five is the last word in dreamy opulence and cosy luxury – although with the price tag to match. The single-suite hotel successfully blends top-end contemporary design, advanced technology and attention to detail. Each room offers rich fabrics, handmade beds, playful lighting effects and music composed exclusively for the suite.
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Mama Shelter – playful quirky fun
Definitely cooler than your average mid-range accommodation, Mama Shelter is quickly becoming one of the most popular unique hotels in Paris. Catering to a young, hip and open minded crowd this hotel would appeal to anyone who would appreciate the quirky Philippe Starck design. Expect elevators papered with trivia, superhero masks placed playfully in every room, walls of exposed concrete and iMac televisions in every room. Even if the decor isn’t quite to your taste, the great room rates and accessible location make this an excellent choice.
- Prices from €80 a night.
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Hôtel des Academies et des Arts – artistic chic
Sitting aptly in a trendy part of Paris is this small romantic boutique hotel dedicated to the creative arts. Hotel des Academies promises to give you elegant decor and a warm welcome. All rooms were completely renovated by either artist Jérôme Mesnager or the sculptor Sophie de Watrigant and the result is a glamorous but homely atmosphere – you will even have the choice of a classic or Art Deco style. Unique artwork aside, other personal touches include a luxurious wellness area and a cinema room where you can watch films of artists.
- Prices from €110 a night.
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Kube Hotel – retro/modern cool
Located near the attractive Montmartre district is a design hotel which combines a retro decor with a bold futuristic influence. With an eclectic mix of faux fur, fluorescent perspex, bean bags and cubic forms, the Kube Hotel is a world away from many people’s idea of a typical Parisian hotel. Also try out the hotel’s two projection rooms and ‘Ice Kube’ – the capital’s very first ice bar and popular celebrity hangout.
- Prices from €115 a night.
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Hotel Atelier Montparnasse – historical chic
This is a cool little boutique hotel in the bohemian area of Montparnasse, in the 14th district of Paris… so a little out of the way but literally steps from the metro which will get you anywhere. The lobby at Hotel Atelier Montparnasse is instantly cosy and welcoming with leather sofas, exposed brickwork and a well stocked communal bookshelf…. of course some beautiful French blue comes in to the colour scheme too. I stayed in a double room and it was really comfortable with plenty of cool and unusual features, the décor was a nod to the early 1900’s with soft fabrics in lush colours and an amazing Italian shower. It was light and bright and clean, the price was completely reasonable and the breakfast was tasty… what’s not to like?
- Prices from €70 a night.
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Hotel 1K, Paris – bold, bright and hip
This hotel is an amazing blend of hip contemporary and full on luxury! Hotel 1k is full of cool contemporary-retro furniture and bold bright colours. My room was dreamy with a massive and ridiculously comfortable bed and all kinds of gadgets for me to hook up to. Every room has full connectability regardless of whether you’re an apple or an android kind of gal and I thoroughly enjoyed playing my music through the cool speakers whilst admiring the fab childlike paintings on my wall. The whole hotel has a sort of Mexican/South american theme including a really delicious peruvian buffet and a proper secret prohibition style speakeasy that looks like a snatch of ‘Day of the Dead’ and serves up fierce tequila-like beverages in a happily furtive and intimate environment. The gym is state of the art too… I don’t even like the gym but I used it while I was here just because it was so good! I even like the exterior of the building with its classic blue and white facade… I definitely felt hipper when I left than I did when I arrived!
- Prices from €150 a night.
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Hotel Palm Opera – trendy, colourful and chic
From the outside the Hotel Palm Opera is purely 1920’s black and white Parisian class but once inside I got a pleasant surprise! The place is decked out in cool and unusual modern/retro furniture with a nod to 1960’s shapes and textures in a cool acid colour palette. It’s clean, sharp and uncluttered with just the right amount of detail… sort of how I imagine a Californian music moguls private pad to be. The room was light and bright and comfortable and the continental buffet breakfast was super tasty too! The hotel was in a nice area of the city, very close to a metro station and just a short hop to all the main attractions. Well worth the money, a perfectly trendy place to stay!
- Prices from €70 a night.
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Hotel Relais Saint Surplice – bohemian hideaway
This is the perfect place to hide away and pretend you’re a bohemian artist from the 20’s. This gorgeous and intimate hotel is nestled between artists ateliers and publishing houses in one of the oldest parts of the city. The interior at Hotel Relais Saint Surplice is a gorgeous melange of antiques from the art nouveau era and rich textured african artifacts from the days of the empire. Most of the rooms including mine open into a charming tiled courtyard surrounded by ivy clad walls and balconies tumbling with greenery, the classic theme of flowers and nature is echoed inside in the intricate shapes of the iron furniture and the wonderful printed wallpaper. It’s a beautiful piece of history and a truly delightful place to stay, I felt charged with a wonderful calm and creativity enriched by the building’s history and the places surrounding it. If you are suffering from writer’s block I suggest you spend a couple of nights here and you will be cured!
- Prices from €150 a night.
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The Five Hotel – eclectic designer budget
The city’s Latin Quarter has been the hub of artistic and student life since the 1920s and located in the centre is this unusual Paris design hotel that won’t blow the budget. In keeping with its bohemian surroundings, The Five hotel is creatively decorated with bold colours, tiny twinkling lights and a liberal lashing of Chinese lacquer. To keep costs down, fixtures and furnishings are kept to a minimum but all rooms contain satellite LCD televisions and free Wi-Fi. Oh and you can even choose your own room scent.
- Prices from €60 a night.
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Color Design Hotel – funky budget boutique
The Color Design Hotel is a new budget boutique hotel located in an accessible central area of Paris (close to the Opera de la Bastille and Notre Dame Cathedral). The hotel has a white minimalistic design interspersed with the odd splash of colour and each floor has its own individual colour theme. More comfortable and contemporary than luxurious, this hotel would suit anyone looking for easy access to great bars, restaurants and fashion stores for a price that won’t break the bank.
- Prices from €60 a night.
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Hôtel Le A – a monochrome delight
Housed in a traditional Parisian town house and only a five minute walk from the Champs Elysees is this small but stylish luxurious boutique hotel. Modern with a bold monochrome signature style throughout, all the 25 guest bedrooms at Hotel Le A contain the latest in-room technology such as adjustable lights and electronic blinds. The communal spaces and rooms were designed by French artist Fabrice Hybert, who also painted one unique piece of art for every guest room. Other nice touches include a library filled with art and design books and a relaxing lounge complete with open fireplace.
- Prices from €110 a night.
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More cool and unique hotels in Paris
- Pavillon Nation Hotel – Modern design budget hotel from €60pn
- De La Paix Hotel – Attractive vintage Parisian decor and great prices €75pn
- La Manufacture Hotel – Trendy budget boutique hotel close to Latin Quarter from €75pn
- Hotel Doisy Etoile – Popular small and attractive hotel from €85pn
- Lorette Opera Hotel – Budget boutique family friendly design hotel from €70pn
- Standard Design Hotel – Bold and funky budget boutique hotel from €70pn
- Taylor Hotel – Elegant and quirky budget boutique from €80pn
- Le 20 Prieure Hotel – Good value contemporary urban design hotel €90pn
- Hotel Atelier Montparnasse – Eclectic budget boutique hotel from €62pn