What We Love
- The location in the 9th Arrondissement: close to the Gare du Nord and within walking distance of the Opera and the city's major department stores
- Afternoon tea is served daily in the lounge
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- This is a hip hotel, but not painfully so; the lounge is inviting and the multilingual concierges are total sweethearts
- Book a Club Room for extras like a Nespresso coffee machine and a bathroom with a tub
- Breakfast is served daily in a charming stone-arched cellar
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Comfy contemporary chic. The real showpiece in this establishment designed by Barcelona’s Castel Veciana Arquitectura studio is the lobby, which has the hip cachet of a small New York gallery or an upscale café. Handsome prints enliven the cream walls, a big coffee table heaves with art books, and there are yet more tomes lining a big bookshelf at the back. (This is France, after all, so displaying your intellectual and cultural credentials is de rigueur.) Bauhaus-style chairs and a big black leather sofa call out for you to recline while enjoying a glass of wine from the Nine&Bar. Small framed portraits of the queen of England wink at you from the corner, reminding you that this place doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Bed and Bath
More muted than the public areas, the 48 guestrooms feature white walls, dark wood paneling and wooden floorboards. They’re petite (the Classic Rooms start at 140 square feet), but everything is utterly spotless and there are nice touches like vintage-style lamps and iPhone docks. The vibe is uncluttered and serene. The bathrooms are kitted out with toiletries infused with natural extracts from the Colors range. Book a Club Room for extras like a Nespresso coffee machine and a bathroom with a tub (a luxury in space-conscious Paris).
Breakfast is actually worth waking up for here. It consists of pastries straight from the boulangerie, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon and sausage, as well as Asian soups, and is served in a little cellar in the basement (which is far more charming that it might sound). If you’re in a hurry, an express breakfast can be prepared to go. The small Nine&Bar in the lobby is perfect for a pit stop if you fancy a midday juice or soda, or a glass of wine and some snacks before heading out to dinner at one of the neighborhood’s many excellent restaurants.
In the Area
The focus here is on the two big F’s, Fashion and Food. The nearby boulevard Haussmann is a shopping Valhalla, home to two of the city’s mightiest department stores: Les Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps, as well as flagship shops including Uniqlo. The formerly seedy Pigalle area is your port of call for hip eateries like Flesh, a classy barbecue joint, and the classically French Pantruche, with its super soufflé. The newly opened Lulu White bar is a sure-fire bet for killer cocktails and dancing.
How to Get There
Hotel was conveniently located within easy walking distance of two railway stations (Gare du Nord & Gare de l'Est) and Metro (Line 7). Clean but very tiny room -- no room to access luggage or for two people to walk around.
The location is good if you need to use Gare Du Nord as it’s only a 10 min walk. There are two metro stations in close proximity as well and a few supermarkets, a bakery and restaurants within walking distance. Although this hotel is in Opera, the Opera Garnier itself is around a 20 min walk and so is Galleries Lafayette.
The bed was comfortable, the shower is a tight squeeze and it leaked a few times as it’s not well set up. The housekeeping was poor, we were there for 3 nights and they never cleared the mugs or glasses. Only one towel was provided for the two of us and they never gave us an additional one either.
We also encountered one of the most unhelpful and rude staff members last night/this morning. The Asian man at reception was curt, rude and had no customer service skill whatsoever.
If you want a hotel for one night near Gare Du Nord this is an acceptable place but I wouldn’t stay there again.
room is ok, bed is excellent, staff is helpful
but housekeeping is not good, not top up tea /coffee, not cleaning mugs
overall good hotel, close to subway
have request twin room but have queen bed, however they fit it next day,
provide good coffee at lobby