Hôtel Odyssey by Elegancia
What We Love
- Conceived by hot young French designer Ora-Ito, every room is a futuristic vision in color and comfort
- Intimate and sleek hotel bar for late night bespoke cocktails
- Willing and friendly service — with a smile
What To Know
- Odyssey pool and restaurant will be closed October 7th-26th, 2014 for renovations
- Rooms range from tiny to small — suited more to the needs of couples or business travelers
- The hotel is near a variety of metro lines, but each stop is a 10-minute walk away
- There are no picturesque Paris views from the hotel windows, which give onto a courtyard or a narrow street
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Hotel Odyssey designer Ora-Ito (who has already lent his name to labels such as Swatch, Davidoff and Heineken) has an idiosyncratic, ultramodern vision, which isn’t to everyone’s taste. Each floor has an individual Pantone color scheme ranging from green to violet, and these bright tones alleviate the smallness of the rooms. The reception area is dominated by a central abstract sculpture and typifies the soothing curved lines that run throughout the hotel.
Bed & Bath
Guestrooms come in three sizes – cOcoon, Odyssey and galileO (with its own lounge area) — and make clever use of the small space with flat-screen TVs, closets, pull-down desks and open-plan bathrooms. The beds have memory foam for a perfect night’s sleep, inset light switches and, behind the headrests, a variety of sockets for telephones, laptops, iPods, etc. Bathrooms are white, slick and comfortable, with rainfall showers and toiletries by Ora-Ito.
This is a small hotel with 29 guestrooms, so there’s no dinner restaurant, although room service is available. The breakfast buffet is both copious and varied, ranging from cold meats and muesli to mouthwatering French pastries. In the evenings the hotel bar manages to be both cozy and glamorous, making excellent use of Ora-Ito’s favorite materials: glass, wood and felt.
How to Get There
We booked this hotel for a weekend away, attracted by its central location and excellent rates. We weren't disappointed! The staff were friendly and helpful (particularly when my partner required some medical attention), and we had a really pleasant stay.
I was a bit worried about the size of the rooms after reading some of the TripAdvisor reviews from other guests, particularly as my partner and I are quite tall (he's 6'5) but our CocOon room (the smallest one on offer) was perfect for us. We had plenty of space to move around and relax, and took advantage of the under-bed storage to stash our suitcases out of view.
The hotel is located on a quiet street anyway, but we heard no noise at all from our room (no. 15, on the first floor with window facing onto a small inner courtyard). It was unseasonably warm during our stay, but luckily the room had great air conditioning (really quiet too!) and it was easy to set the temperature to our preferences.
We only took breakfast in the hotel on one morning of our trip as there are lots of tempting cafes and restaurants in the area, but we did enjoy the meal in the hotel and found it very convenient when we wanted to make the most of our sunny Sunday morning. It turns out that we wake up earlier than most of Paris at the weekend!
We're already talking about using this hotel for our next trip to Paris.
Was very disappointed on arrival the rooms look nothing like the website and that was the whole reason we booked this hotel because the rooms looked modern and different. Your better off staying at a premier in because that’s basically what this was. Very misleading pictures from there website.
Very decent location in Les Halles, if the particular street is a little desolate. Rooms are tiny, but who cares? Staff were friendly, with varying degrees of proficiency in English. Breakfast was pretty good. I’d stay there again...
3* is generous. Nothing particularly nice about this hotel, wouldn’t stay here again. The hotel itself looks like a nightclub, with dark halls and coloured lights. The room is very small but modern, unclean with stains on the carpets. Thin walls, made us hear everything going on in the hall. The TV wasn’t a smart tv like it said - or it didn’t work, all channels spoke french with no subtitles. Didn’t feel especially safe in this hotel, not sure why just a vibe - maybe it’s because the window opens out to a small patio that all the other rooms share so they had access to our window. However, very good powerful shower and large comfortable bed, good service at the reception.
Small basic rooms but comfortable and clean. Good location.
Rooms got stuffy overnight and air con didn’t work. Fine for a short stay but would recommend somewhere else for a longer stay due to size.
Couple of good restaurants nearby