5 hip & happening hotels

Posted on July 26, 2017 by VINGT Editorial

From a rumoured refuge of Kanye West to a hotel in a former bathhouse to another that turns the traditional room layout on its head, here we bring you a few of the coolest places to stay…

IMAGE: View of garden at Jules & Jim - one of our recommendations for hip hotels

Enjoy a cocktail in the creative setting of Jules & Jim (Photo (c) Jules & Jim)

Jules & Jim
11 rue des Gravilliers, 3rd
Tel: + 33 (0)1 44 54 13 13
Métro: Arts et Métiers
Converted from an old processing plant in the Marais in 2011, boutique hotel Jules & Jim has been delighting guests ever since with its mix of contemporary design, pared-back style and friendly service (something by no means de rigueur in Paris). Also notable is their passion for art; the hotel’s main entrance plunges guests into a 15m-length gallery. This, in turn, leads on to a delightful paved courtyard, complete with a vertical garden, where you can enjoy a cocktail or two. Then there’s their 23 cosy and comfortable rooms, some of which come with a unique concept: the wardrobe, toilet, shower and lavatory are situated in the four corners surrounding a cosy bed in the middle.

IMAGE: View of the exterior at Hotel Amour - one of recommendations for hip hotels

Hotel Amour is know for its cool clientele including, reputedly, Kanye West

Hotel Amour
8 rue de Navarin, 9th
Métro: Pigalle
Tel: + 33 (0)1 48 78 31 80
With Kanye West rumoured to have stayed here recently, among a host of other high-profile guests, Hotel Amour definitely has that ‘where it’s at’ sort of a feeling. Located in the trendy Pigalle area, just south of Montmartre, you’ll often see film and photo shoots unfolding outside and the odd model louching in reception. More importantly for potential guests, the clue is in the name here, with rooms designed to get you in the mood for love – think bold décor, mildly erotic artworks and romantic books. The highlight for us, however, is the glass-topped courtyard garden restaurant, the very epitome of romance.

Hotel Bel Ami
7/11 rue St-Benoît, 6th
Tel: + 33 (0)1 42 61 53 53
Métro: Saint-Germain-des-Prés
True to the literary tradition of the vibrant Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, stylish relaxation is the order of the day at this contemporary five-star hotel. The bedrooms are fun and functional, while the suites range from an artist’s atelier to little apartments in the rooftops to a ‘private garden’ space. There’s also a jolly restaurant, where the vibrant colours shimmer under the light from a large bay window, and an equally modern bar complete with original cocktails. We quite fancied the BA Royal, blending Saint-Germain pear vodka liqueur with Champagne. Plus, you can always detox afterwards with a treatment by Carita in the Wellbeing Area.

IMAGE: Reception area at Hôtel Bourg Tibourg - one of the recommendations in our article on hip hotels

Expect the unexpected at Hôtel Bourg Tibourg

Hôtel Bourg Tibourg
19 rue du Bourg Tibourg, 4th
Tel: + 33 (0)1 42 78 47 39
Métro: Hôtel de Ville
At this intimate four-star hotel, the rich jewel shades of the neo-gothic décor evoke, as they put it, “golden olden days, oriental fairy tales and the understated splendour of the turn-of-the-century.” Super-stylish throughout, the 30 guest rooms are decorated by pieces of furniture found at the finest Parisian antique stores and each one features a bathroom equipped with a decent-sized bath tub, pretty mosaics and black granite floor. Other highlights include an intimate private courtyard, complete with its own “little forest”, a stylish saloon and a carefully curated library.

Les Bains
7 Rue du Bourg-l’Abbé, 3rd
Tel: + 33 (0)1 42 77 07 07
Metro: Étienne Marcel
Once the capital’s most renowned bathhouse, and later a top night spot frequented by the likes of Prince, David Bowie and Mick Jagger, the latest incarnation of Les Bains is as a hip hotel and club hybrid. Describing themselves as “inclusive, mixed, diverse, inventive, cross-cultural, Bohemian, historic, elegant and welcoming”, watch the DJs spinning their discs before heading up to one of the 39 creative rooms and suites complete with custom-designed furniture, marble bathrooms and vintage crystal. There’s also a super-chic ‘neo-brasserie’ with private dining in a former water tank.