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Top 10 cool and unusual hotels in Paris

Famed for its iconic architecture, romantic ambience and centuries of artistic achievement, Paris is easily one of the world’s most cherished cities. The French capital is often always everything a visitor wants it to be and amid the hustle and bustle of modern city life, you can still spot typical Parisian stereotypes of handsome poets and elegant fashionistas. From Cubism to Post-Impressionism and everything in-between, Paris is at the forefront of many art and design movements and this is reflected in their collection of truly beautiful boutique and design hotels. From our team’s many stays over the years, here is our collective favourite cool, quirky and unusual hotels in Paris that are not just for Valentine’s day…

Le Bellechasse – designer Parisian flamboyance

Striking and elaborately designed, Le Bellechasse sits comfortably within the narrow streets of the trendy Saint-Germain district. Not even the tiniest bit out of place amongst all the prestigious art galleries and antique shops also located in this area, this quirky designer boutique hotel offers a visual feast in gigantic portions. Le Bellechasse has been completed decked out by the genius and creative mind of famous fashion designer Christian Lacroix in a typically Parisian decadent style (circa the 19th century). If you decide to stay at this fabulous hotel – prepared to expect the unusual. Oddities include giant wall butterflies, winged dandies and enormous playing cards, but yet the hotel still manages to remain both opulent and utterly tasteful! Wonderful!

  • Prices from €140 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Le Bellechasse

Vice Versa Hotel – wonderful themed kitsch

A cake themed room you say? I’m in! … This hotel is kitsch and conceptual from the 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 and my bed was a cupcake and my lamps were tea pots – happy days indeed! 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 unusual pristine white lounge was “yikes I hope I don’t spill anything” but the friendly staff and general tongue in cheek atmosphere of the hotel soon put me at ease. A novel hotel in Paris which cannot fail to inject a bit of fun into your stay!

  • Prices from €85 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Vice Versa Hotel

Maison Souquet – dark and decadent

Set in a beautiful neoclassical building and a place once frequented by socialites and intellectuals, Maison Souquet really stands out from the crowd. The style – designed by Jacques Garcia – is opulent and decadent with a mix of exotic and Second Empire–style furnishings creating a truly unique ultra-chic setting. Its location, only a minute’s walk from Paris’ famous Moulin Rouge, is also equally very fitting. When you open the doors you’ll walk into a Moorish-style tiled salon, recuperated from a mansion in Brussels, also expect to gaze upon plush Napoleon III crimson velvet chairs, a wood-panelled bar-library (with books and backgammon a plenty), a glass-roofed conservatory, a spa with an indoor pool, a hammam and a delightful courtyard. With meticulous attention to detail, the scent of jasmine and tobacco gently wafts throughout – a slice of Paris time forgot! 

  • Prices from €260 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Maison Souquet now 

Hotel Crayon Rouge – funky nostalgic chic

A wonderfully flamboyant mid-range hotel which is about as far away from a sterile chain hotel as you can possibly get – think of the Hotel Crayon Rouge like the perfect French macaron; small, colourful, and bursting with individual flavour! It’s also located in an outstanding area – all the Parisian favourites such as the Musée de Louvre, Notre Dame and the River Seine are all within easy walking distance. The wonderful interiors offer more than a whiff of seventies nostalgia, and a riot of tangy colour schemes, imaginative printed wallpapers and retro flea market finds, offering a true visual feast. Expect a laid-back but chic guesthouse ambience, oh and a marvellous wine bar too!

Hotel Du Petit Moulin – designer boudoir chic

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Another ultra fashionable hotel where Christian Lacroix has been given a free reign on the decor! Located only a very short walk from the Musée National Picasso and gorgeous boutique shops galore, the former oldest bakery in Paris (would you believe!) has been beautifully refurbished resulting in a delightfully intimate boutique hotel adorned with large lashings of the acclaimed fashion designer’s famous flamboyance. Each room at the fabulous Hotel Du Petit Moulin has been individually designed and one even features scribbles and drawings taken from Lacroix’s very own sketchbook – expect a colourful, intimate and modern boudoir style Parisian accommodation you certainly won’t forget in a hurry!

One by the Five – for something extra special

If you’re looking to seriously impress your loved one, this exceptional Paris hotel of only one suite has been specifically designed to provide a beautiful base for the ultimate romantic weekend. In fact there are actually two hotels in one – opt for a room in the trendy boutique Five hotel and you’ll find trendy rooms at very reasonable prices (around €118 a night) but it’s the One by the Five Suite (part of the same Five Hotel) which promises to offer something truly special, although for a higher price of course. Delivering a dreamy and romantic accommodation experience, it cleverly merges the cosiness of a boutique hotel, advanced technology, and a sleek creative design to create a truly unique Parisian stay – the hotel draws rave reviews from many a happy customer. The suite offers a handmade bed adorned with satin bedding, playful mood lighting and music composed exclusively for your room making your beautiful romantic hideaway complete!

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 hip and fun loving crowd, this hotel would appeal to anyone who appreciates the quirkier side of life. Located only a stone’s throw from both a cool music venue and the Alexandre Dumas Metro Station (which provides easy access to the beautiful Montmartre district) we also loved the onsite gift shop, pizzeria and fab cocktail bar! The hotel was designed by the acclaimed industrial modern designer Philippe Starck, so expect plenty of trendy details – elevators papered with trivia, superhero masks placed playfully in every room, walls of exposed concrete and super hip iMac televisions placed in every room. We personally think you’ll love the design here but even if the decor isn’t quite to your taste, the great room rates and accessible location still make this an excellent choice for a very cool accommodation option in Paris!

  • Prices from €85 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Mama Shelter

Hôtel des Academies et des Arts – gorgeous creative cosiness

Epitomizing the boho-chic of Paris’ Left Bank, Hotel des Academies et des Arts pays homage to the legendary artists who once painted this part of town red over the years. You’ll find this cute, romantic and unique boutique hotel in Paris’ historic Montparnasse district a place which was famous for being the centre of Paris artistic and intellectual life. James Joyce, Hemingway and Picasso were among the painters, writers, poets and sculptors who frequented the bohemian cafés along Boulevard Montparnasse. All the rooms have thoughtfully renovated by either the artist Jérôme Mesnager or the sculptor Sophie de Watrigant and the result is a beautifully elegant art hotel which radiates a cosy atmosphere. Gorgeous artistic details aside, other hotel highlights include a luxurious wellness area and even a fabulous cinema room where you can gaze at films of your favourite artists to your heart’s content.

Kube Hotel – one for the cool cats

One for all the trendy jet-setters and party goers out there, this ultra cool conceptual design hotel can be found in the lively Chapelle district not too far from Moulin Rouge and the beautiful Montmartre district. Don’t be fooled by the Kube Hotel‘s classic stone built exterior, it cunningly belies the bold and futuristic delights waiting just inside. Check in at the wonderful perspex cube reception (located in the courtyard) and step through the hotel doors to find a multi-faceted Plexi-glass cube adorned with funky faux sofas, hanging perspex ‘bubble’ chairs, colourful bean bags, designer furniture and plasma screens creating a wonderfully eclectic contemporary kitsch ambience (think Boogie Nights and Saturday Night Fever mixed with Blade Runner or Space Odyssey!). The rooms are pretty high tech too and many are home to funky hanging beds and more lashings of perspex. Although arguably the hotel’s real show stopper, is its very own Ice Bar carved out of 25 tons of ice, where at minus ten degrees Celsius, visitors – and random celebrities – can sup on vodka based cocktails well into the early hours.

  • Prices from €95 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Kube Hotel

Hotel Atelier Montparnasse – bohemian historical elegance

This is a cool little boutique hotel in the bohemian and artist-haunt area of Montparnasse. Stylish and eclectic, the lobby at Hotel Atelier Montparnasse is instantly cosy and welcoming with worn leather sofas, exposed brickwork, hardwood floors and a well stocked communal bookshelf. Rooms range from the romantic to the contemporary minimalist and I stayed in a double room which was elegant and comfortable with plenty of cool and unusual features – the décor, for example, was a hat tip 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 buffet breakfast – which was filled with freshly-baked French bread and pastries – was tasty too, plenty of reasons to love this place!

La Pigalle – arty hipster hangout

The lively area of Pigalle is synonymous with arty hangouts and Can-Can clubs and the hotel of the same name is one of the area’s hippest new spots. Perfectly capturing the district’s creative, artistic spirit, the dream team of architects Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay and hotelier Valéry Grégo formed La Pigalle Hotel with a fusion of works by local artists, music by neighborhood DJs, and foodie treats from a nearby bakery – the result is an understated but smart hipster hotel where you’ll want to be seen! The trendy standard rooms feature neoclassical decor, vintage furniture and free iPads and upgraded rooms offer suites, turntables and hand-picked vinyl record collections. Also expect an eclectic cafe, a basement lounge complete with a curated jukebox and the occasional party and live entertainment. Very cool indeed! 

Hotel 7 Eiffel – chic retreat close to the Eiffel Tower

This is a chic little oasis in the heart of town, close to the Eiffel tower which prides itself on luxury and impeccable service. I walked into the Hotel 7 Eiffel and immediately admired the shimmering tiles and the Monet shades of the contemporary yet classic interior. The sense of calm continued up into the gorgeous roof-top garden too where you can enjoy a cocktail and admire the beautiful Parisian cityscape views. My room was a further extension of the exquisite taste and tranquillity and featured gorgeous voile drapes, quality cotton bed linens and a deliciously luxurious rain shower too (which was very hard to get out of)! I especially liked the separate changing area which helped me feel more settled and dissuaded me from flinging my clothes around the room in my usual fashion. A beautiful place and a location that’s hard to beat too…definitely a fabulous find! 

  • Prices from €120 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel 7 Eiffel

Hotel 1K, Paris – bold, bright, hip and luxurious

This hotel is an amazing blend of hip contemporary and full-scale luxury! Hotel 1k is full of cool contemporary-retro furniture and bold bright colours. The hotel has Mexican/South American inspired theme and includes a delicious Peruvian buffet, a proper secret prohibition style speakeasy, a rooftop pool, a state of the art gym and a touch of a ‘Day of the Dead’ vibe. The hotel bar serves up fierce tequila-like beverages in a happily furtive and intimate environment – make sure you try one before you leave! My room was dreamy and came with a huge, ridiculously comfortable bed and modern gadgets galore. Every room has full connect-ability 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. I even like the exterior of the building with its classic blue and white facade. It’s a place I definitely felt hipper when I left than I did when I arrived!

  • Prices from €140 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel 1k

Hotel Palm Opera – trendy, colourful and stylish

From the outside, the Hotel Palm Opera (located about a mile from the Palais Garnier opera house, and not much further from the Louvre) is purely 1920’s black and white Parisian class, but once inside I got a very pleasant surprise! The place is decked out in an unusual and cool modern/retro furniture with a nod to 1960’s shapes and textures in a cool acid colour palette – very vintage chic! It’s clean, sharp and uncluttered with just the right amount of detail… sort of how I imagine a Californian music mogul’s private pad to be. The room was light and bright and comfortable, upgraded rooms feature private balconies and the continental buffet breakfast was very tasty too. The hotel was in a pleasant area of the city, very close to a metro station and just a short hop to all the main attractions. Well worth the money and a very trendy place to stay!

  • Prices from €80 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Palm Opera

Hotel Saint Louis Pigalle – cosy hideaway near Moulin Rouge

I was thrilled when I approached the gorgeous Parisian facade of this hotel, tall white and beautiful, just around the corner from the Moulin Rouge. The district of Pigalle is historically the place where artists and Can Can dancers merged in a marvellously bohemian clash of forbidden pastimes, muses and colour… it still holds that mysterious charm and it’s a lively area to spend a few days in Paris. The hotel didn’t disappoint on the inside either, Hotel Saint Louis Pigalle is tastefully decorated like a black and white movie set in vintage monochromes but somehow manages to feel warm and welcoming too. My room was clean and comfortable and cosy with a lovely big bed, powerful shower and everything I needed to enjoy my stay. The best surprise was the glimpse of the top of the Eiffel tower that I could see from my balconied bedroom window – the hotel just made everything feel very authentic… it’s a very charming and romantic place to stay in Paris at a surprisingly reasonable price too.

COQ Hotel Paris – beautiful modern vintage chic

This is an ultra stylish and unique concept hotel which can sometimes mean pretension rules over anything actually useful…not here though! COQ Hotel Paris is a lovely little oasis in the heart of the city only three miles from the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral. Gorgeously decorated in a kind of modern vintage chic with antique-style artwork, plenty of plants and soft fabrics and splashes of brave colour, not to mention wooden panels, a cozy sunroom and even a wood burning stove, this hotel is full of really beautiful decor! The rooms are all unique and mine was stylish, not overly large but plenty of space for me, art on the walls and a cool tiled wet room and oval bathtub, a little coffee machine and a super comfy bed. Although my absolute favourite thing had to be the friendly courtyard chickens who provide fresh eggs for the hotel’s delicious breakfast – delightful!

  • Prices from €70 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for COQ Hotel Paris

Hotel Relais Saint Sulpice – unique 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 Parisian 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 artefacts 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 I promise you’ll be cured!

Hôtel Saint-Jacques – romantic vintage with oodles of charm

Right in the heart of the vibrant Latin Quarter, one of the oldest districts in Paris at the epitome of arts and culture is this beautiful nostalgic hotel which immediately transports its guests back to the romance of the Belle Epoque, the city’s golden age. Hôtel Saint-Jacques is full of treasures, valuable books and paintings from the great artists of the turn of last century. The rooms and communal spaces are a homage to the era – I enjoyed an absinthe in the Toulouse Lautrec bar and breakfast in one of the hotel’s Belle Epoque cabaret style dining areas. My room was full of charm with moulded ceilings, velvet drapes and striped wallpaper – I felt like I’d been beamed back in time to a lost era! The time travel didn’t extend as far as the amenities though I must add and I had all the mod cons required to make my stay comfortable. I probably could have done without them though, as I was happy enough just to be revelling in my own little historical drama and coming back to the modern day was a bit of an anticlimax! I’ll definitely be going back to Hotel Saint Jacques when I need to soothe my vintage soul! 

Hotel Ekta – funky fashionista’s fantasy

Just a stone’s throw from the designer stores on Champs D Elysses, the mid-range Hotel Ekta is like a fashionista’s fantasy! The whole interior is impeccably decorated in a psychedelic 1970’s style inspired by designers. Jean-Philippe Nuel and Natasha Stojkovic, with loads of visually arresting geometric shapes and sharp fashion photography, even a mannequin here and there, it’s super cool if a little Austin Powersy! My room was comfy and well equipped with a smart TV, free WiFi and a view of the Arc du Triumph. The staff were friendly and the service felt very warm and personal, they really added to an already awesome atmosphere. A very cool hotel and well worth a visit, even if the closest you’ve ever got to Louis Vuitton handbag is several metres away with a pane of glass in between…. here you’re allowed to dream!

Color Design Hotel – futuristic budget boutique

A great choice for a unique lower priced accommodation in Paris, this fun and funky modern budget hotel is an only a 11-minute metro ride from the Opéra Bastille. The Color Design Hotel has a white minimalistic design interspersed with the odd splash of colour, fluorescent perspex and futuristic silver. To keep things even more interesting, each floor has its own individual colour theme so you’ll have fun exploring the different levels if that’s something that takes your fancy! Rooms are cool and contemporary but more comfortable than luxurious, although you can still expect the usual mod cons like flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, double-glazed windows and iPod docks are available on request. Breakfast isn’t included in the room rate but this is still a great find in Paris for anyone wanting easy access to great bars, restaurants and fashion stores for a price that certainly won’t break the bank!

Hôtel Le A – a stylish monochrome delight

Housed in a traditional Parisian 19th-century town house and only a five-minute walk from the Champs Elysees is this small but stylish boutique hotel. Sophisticated, modern but with enough artistic details to make it stand out from a crowd, the light and bright hotel prides itself on its eye-catching bold monochrome signature style throughout. All the rooms at Hotel Le A were designed by French artist Fabrice Hybert and bedrooms offer flat-screen TVs, paid Wi-Fi and the latest in-room technology such as electronic blinds and iPod docks. Other stand out features include in-room massages, a library filled to the brim with art and design books, a cosy lounge featuring a gorgeous open fireplace and a beautiful glass-roofed bar.

  • Prices from €130 a night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Hotel Le A

More cool and unique hotels in Paris

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  • Hotel La Belle Juliette – Elegant hotel with Empire-inspired decor located in St Germain des Pres from €150pn
  • L’Hotel – Set on the artistic Left Bank, this famous plush hotel is where Oscar Wilde spent his last days from €240
  • Pavillon Nation Hotel – Modern design budget hotel surrounded by trendy bars and restaurants from €60pn
  • De La Paix Hotel – Attractive mid range vintage Parisian hotel located near the Eiffel Tower from €75pn
  • La Manufacture Hotel  – Trendy budget boutique hotel close to Latin Quarter from €70pn
  • Hotel Doisy Etoile  – Popular polished hotel located in the chic Ternes district, from €200pn
  • Hôtel Dupond-SmithA designer-ware-filled, club-style boutique hotel in the vibrant Marais district from €250pn
  • Lorette Opera Hotel – Chic and friendly family friendly design hotel from €75pn
  • Standard Design Hotel – Bold and funky budget boutique hotel from €50pn
  • Taylor Hotel – Elegant hotel decorated in a French shabby chic style from €80pn
  • Le Meurice – A truly beautiful 19th-century palace-turned-hotel with contemporary touches from €740pn
  • Le 20 Prieure Hotel – Good value contemporary urban design hotel from €90pn

We also have posts on where to find the best budget hotels in Paris, unique hotels in London, cool hotels in Berlin and quirky hotels in Amsterdam

Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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