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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 geniously 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 – themed 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 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 is bound to inject a bit of fun into your stay!

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

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 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 is actually two hotels in one – opt for a room in the trendy boutique Five hotel and you’ll find prices to be very reasonable for a unique Paris stay (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 (for a higher price of course). Delivering a dreamy and romantic experience in Paris by merging the cosiness of a boutique hotel, advanced technology, and a sleek creative design, this hotel has drawn 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 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 would appreciates the quirkier side of life. Located only a stone’s throw from a 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 – think elevators papered with trivia, superhero masks placed playfully in every room, walls of exposed concrete and iMac televisions 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 – creative cosiness

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.

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

Hotel Atelier Montparnasse – historical elegance

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?

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 service and does not disappoint. I walked into the Hotel 7 Eiffel and immediately admired the shimmering tiles and monet shades of the contemporary yet classic interior…. the sense of calm was concentrated up in the gorgeous roof-top garden where I enjoyed a cocktail and a lovely cigar with some of my fellow guests. My room was a further extension of the exquisite taste and tranquility present throughout the hotel. Gorgeous voile drapes and quality cotton bed linens and a deliciously luxurious rain shower! I especially like the separate changing area which helped me feel more settled and dissuaded me from flinging my clothes around the room in my usual fashion. Really really beautiful place, great location… I would recommend it in a heart beat especially with this kind of location!

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

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

COQ Hotel Paris – modern vintage chic

This is an ultra stylish and unusual concept hotel which can sometimes mean pretension rules over anything actually useful … not so here! COQ Hotel Paris  is a lovely little oasis in the heart of the city. Gorgeously decorated in a kind of modern vintage chic with lots of plants and soft fabrics and splashes of brave colour, not to mention wooden panels and even a wood burning stove… really beautiful. The rooms are all unique and mine was just lovely. 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. My absolute favourite thing has to be the courtyard chickens who provide fresh eggs for the hotels’s delicious brekkie and are also very friendly!

  • 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 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!

Hôtel Saint-Jacques – romantic vintage 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 an 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. Wondering the hotel it felt like i’d been beamed back in time to a lost era, I really loved it! The time travel didn’t extend as far as the amenities and I had all the mod cons required to make my stay comfortable but honestly I could have done without them, I was happy revelling in my own little historical drama…. coming back to modern day was a massive anticlimax! I will definitely be going back to Hotel Saint Jacques to soothe my vintage soul!

Hotel Ekta – funky, retro and fabulous

Just a stones throw from the designer stores on Champs D Elysses, the midrange 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!

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

Color Design Hotel – futuristic budget boutique

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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.

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 lovely amenities include a library filled to the brim with art and design books and a relaxing lounge which comes complete with a gorgeous open fireplace.

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

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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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