Rooms with a view
After the Parisian palaces, a subjective selection of charming, unusual, colourful and design hotels. They aren’t overpriced and can be found scattered all over Paris.
HI Matic has breathed a new spirit into Parisian hotels, mixing the codes of an urban hotel with a country lodge. Ecological and efficient, this colourful cocoon, created by Matali Crasset, brings together the best of Japanese Ryokan’s and conventional hotel rooms. The environmentally conscious accommodation has been put together with a very careful selected range of materials that encourage interaction and sharing. Suitably adapted to modern times, ideal for those affiliated with a green attitude and ‘eco-logic’, the HI Matic also provides one with some solid benchmarks. Everything becomes simple, informal and easy-going here. The rooms, or rather the cabins, are adjustable: you can play around with the space and its elements in order to personalise your pied-à-terre. The freedom of movement allows one to alter the room as one would in a childhood playhouse. Fluidity, autonomy, and simplicity – guests find themselves in an informal yet perfectly well contained universe. From 143 euros.
Photos by Simon Bouisson.
HI Matic : 71, rue de Charonne – 75011 Paris. Tél. : +33 1 43 67 56 56 – www.hi-matic.net
Cosy, artsy, well designed, whimsical, colourful, cheerful…Recently, several hotels of this description have opened in Paris. They represent a more original choice that appeals to a younger clientele. Stepping away from the usual codes of hospitality, these establishments are reinventing colour schemes and all preconceived ideas. The majority are assuming the role of boutique-hotels. The next of this kind (set to open this summer), Le Crayon, shakes up the nuances and clashes colours. A “crazy chroma” look from decorator Julie Gauthron underlined by flea-market vintage furniture. The twenty-six rooms are all different and unique. A merry patchwork of style and inspiration, as diverse as a bric-a-brac stall and as warm as a family home. From 155 euros.
Hôtel Crayon : 25, rue du Bouloi – 75001 Paris. Tél. : +33 1 42 36 54 19. – www.hotelcrayon.com
With its white décor, pastel colours, and relaxing mood music, Hôtel Gabriel is based on the guise of “interior ecology”. Simultaneously refined and intimate, the Gabriel considers the well being of each of its guests. Aiming to purify the mind as well as the body, this ‘detox’ hotel invites you to take care of your physique, your beauty and your general well being. The pure and zen style found in the minor details seeks to encourage healing and relaxation. In some of the rooms and suites, you will find NightCove by Zyken – a sleep inducing machine that has adaptable rhythms and wakes you up with natural light, (a collaboration between the designer Patrick Jouin and Professor Damien Léger, a scientific expert). And the Bioo brand has opened its first Parisian beauty treatment and fitness centre – the ‘detox room’- at the hotel. From 129 euros.
Hôtel Gabriel : 25, rue Grand Prieuré – 75011 Paris. Tél. : +33 1 47 00 13 38. – www.gabrielparismarais.com
Seven has undergone a radical change, making the atmosphere at the hotel more difficult to define. Is it a happening hotel, a world of fantasy, or the latest creation from some very imaginative designers? The Seven is a bit of all of those things, with an added touch of kitsch. Whether you fall asleep in a cosy and comfortable cave, under the canopy of an enormous bed or in the mischievous world of Alice in Wonderland, the overactive imagination of Philippe Vaurs has transformed the bedrooms into a series of wild and offbeat dens. A hotel of dreams, playful and comfortable, sensual and quirky all at once. A seemingly weightless environment, designed to make life feel less heavy. From 150 euros.
Hôtel Seven : 20, rue Berthollet – 75005 Paris. Tél. : +33 1 43 31 47 52. www.sevenhotelparis.com