Out's Favorite Places In Paris
By Andrew Belonsky
Chic and Cheap Sleeps
With hundreds of years of practice under its belt, Paris has perfected the art of the auberge. If you feel like channeling Marie Antoinette's decadence, check into the Hotel Athénée, a luxury hotel inspired by 18th Century opera. Opulence and elegance are woven into every stitch of the hotel's rooms, from the velvet and taffeta furnishings seen above to the marble and porcelain of the Red Bar downstairs.
La Maison Champs Elysées, the first hotel designed by Belgian fashion designer Martin Margiela, gives French luxury a postmodern spin within a 19th Century mansion. Stark white public spaces are broken by the blazing red of the Bar du Nuit and the deep, dark leather and woods of the Black Cigar Bar. The rooms themselves are sparse and utilitarian without the spartan edge, while the Blind Bar brings back the night shades with gold and black interior fit for a downtown King.
Another upscale hotel, Hotel Sezz, also dresses itself in blacks and reds in its La Grande Dame bar. The rooms are toned down slightly, adding gray and glass bathroom walls to the mix, giving guests a modern, masculine space in which to sprawl for a few nights. And the Four Seasons George V celebrates the art deco movement we last saw in Miami.
Want to save some money for eating cake? Little Palace Hôtel in the Temple district is both budget-friendly — about 125 Euros a night if you look online — and convenient. Dozens of galleries, shops and cafes are within walking distance. Back at the hotel, the recently refurbished rooms abound with natural light and bursts of color. Balcony views are best for couples looking for a romantic stay, but singles too will get plenty of play out of the hotel's comfortable, welcoming atmosphere.
Le Pavillon Nation (pictured) is the youngest and most modern of the properties in the Les Hotels de Paris group's wide stable. Red, mauve and white are the go-to colors in the rooms at this spot in the Bercy district, while deep black is offset by white orchids in the lobby. With rooms for as low as 99 euros, this no frills spot is definitely high on the list for those with low balances. And there's definitely a memorable stay to be had at the floral-saturated Hôtel des Grandes Ecoles, a former boarding house in the city's Latin District. Don't let the bucolic atmosphere put you off, though, this spot's within walking distance to the 5th, where some of Paris' best nightlife awaits.
A collaboration between interior design icon Philippe Starck and the founders of Club Med, Mama Shelter is another hotspot go-to for travelers hoping to keep a hold on hard-earned euros. Definitely created with younger travelers in mind, this dependable roadhouse has unlimited in-room movies and an on-site pizzeria for those tired of foie gras and frog's legs. If you stay here, try to check out some of the local music at Flèche d'Or.
Frugal travelers should also have success booking a room at the exceptionally charming Hôtel Chopin in a refurbished 1846 arcade or the Hôtel du Nord on the West side of the Canal Saint-Martin makes you feel right at home, as if you're visiting a friend.
The rooms, letting for about €70 a night and furnished from local flea markets, are refreshingly uncomplicated, while the location — right across the canal from scores of shops and cafes — remains one of the city's most convenient, especially if you rent on of the hotel's bikes.