Hotel OFF Paris Seine
What We Love
- Glass-fronted showers in all guest rooms
- An unconventional communal area, with wooden benches and golden beanbags
- French tapas by the plunge pool
- Local craft brew in your minibar
What To Know
- Its location on the Seine’s grittier side means fewer tourists
- The hotel’s Designer Sunset Suite (the vision of haute couture duo Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman) is entirely orange
- Be sure to reserve a table for bottomless weekend brunch, which draws a sizable local flock
- Free WiFi
Practically all the furnishings at this floating urban retreat, ranging from the portable reception desk built on wheels to the modish copper furniture, were tailor-made—only fitting for this first-of-its-kind sleep in the French capital moored by Austerlitz station. The glass-and-steel barge (currently the largest on the Seine), conveniently sandwiched between the Left and Right banks, was constructed in Normandy and is the vision of local nautical architect Gerard Ronzatti, who took cues from a catamaran. Inside, 54 compact and monochromatic rooms exude maritime chic, draped in creams and bronzes with wooden slat accents designed to mimic waves and Italian power showers with mood lighting; four larger suites feature sexy embellishments like reflective above-the-bed mirrors and circular soaking tubs. The two-level houseboat is an influencer’s mecca: watch out for a steady stream of selfie-snappers by the inflatable golden swans, bobbing along the plunge pool, and a 24/7 party on the sun-kissed deck. Late-risers, take note: the generous continental breakfast spread at the bar-restaurant, complete with bottomless tea and coffee, is served till noon.
In the Area
Surrounded by the 13th and 5th arrondissements, two formerly grungy pockets of Paris that are undergoing serious makeovers, this quirky hotel is within walking distance of a former stone-house whose rooftop is now the site of several restaurants and bars as well as an effervescent gallery space, Les Docks. Also nearby is the Jardin des Plantes, an idyllic botanical garden featuring its own zoo. (Fun fact: it once functioned as the medicinal herb plot for Louis XIII.) A leisurely 30-minute stroll along the Seine will deposit you at Notre Dame Cathedral and a slew of other tourist hotspots. (Want to break up that walk? Take a break at charming waterfront café L’Asile.)
How to Get There
Turned me OFF !!! 🧐😤🤫😶
My initial experience before arrival was very pleasing- correspondence with Dominic excellent
However this perception declined from arrival to end of our visit
We recieved communication prior to our visit explaining they were hosting a NYE party if we would like to buy tickets ?
We declined as the reason for our visit was to tour the city and be at the Eiffel Tower for New Year’s Eve!
When we arrived I asked where I would get a drink upon return to the hotel and how late they opened the bar until? Being NYE 🥳
I was informed if we didn’t buy a ticket to their party I could not use the bar and there was no alternative available other than the mini bar
This was disappointing as the hotel we chose offered bar and room service as facilities!
The lady on duty manager was very antagonist and condisending from the first hour we arrived
There really was no need for her condescending approach
Upon returning NYE I was unable to access my room - the on duty staff had to open the door with a key
the next day the manager tried to make me pay towards a lock Smith.
I explained there was no way I had anything to do with the door and that we had literally dropped our bags and left (the corridors were busy on our return and the access hectic due to extra guest at their party mulling around
politely and calmly I advised how we could resolve this explaining as an ISO Quality standards auditor I did not feel her approach was the best way to resolve the issue
‘She showed her inexperience and let the brand down by addressing me in front of all of her staff and continuing to argue with me at reception in front of other guests arriving!’
Her approach is the most un professional I am yet to encounter and a real shame
I left the hotel upset and it spoilt what was an otherwise lovely trip
She even thought it appropriate to mock me further by shouting after me ‘have a nice day sian’
Totally unprofessional, extremely disrespectful, unethical and unnecessary
I recommend the chain look at some training around Ethincs and their HPC as a business
Hotels cool staff not so 👍😫
Amazing concept! We booked for the pool and we were not disappointed. The hotel feels like home: nice staff, AMAZING Breakfast (not seen before), smart pool (warm water and can be used during winter), 24/7 FREE beverages (hot chocolate, coffee, tea, cappuccino, mocaccino, milk).
We booked for a view Seine (river) and the experience is just wow! You can see the subway passing and the small boats as well.
The room is clean and compact. Complimentary water is waiting for you in the room and you can take a shower with fluctuating light colors.
I recommend you ask for a small heater if you are sensitive to cold (available at the reception, they are very powerful). The room can accommodate spaciously 3 luggage.
OFF Hotel seemed like a fun alternative hotel to stay at whilst staying in Paris for the night. OFF is located on the river opposite the Austerlitz Train station.
My sister and I needed to catch a long train ride the following morning so the location was perfect for us.
The staff were friendly and welcoming at check in.
The room is neat and clean.
The bed is comfortable. However the mattress seemed to give off a bad smell like sweat.
Great shower pressure.
Negatives the rooms are quite small. Comfortable maybe for one person or just for a night but no longer.
We had two large suitcases which were difficult to open in the room plus we had to carry the suitcases up and down stairs to get to our room.
We were staying at the rear of the “Hotel”
Which meant we were directly next to the rear Ramp. Unfortunately we were woken up at 4.45am to deliveries coming off and on using the ramp. The deliveries went on for over 30mins so we weren’t able to sleep which added to our over exhausted state as we had only just gotten off a flight 12hrs earlier.
We mentioned the noise to the reception staff who to be honest didn’t seem too bothered.
When you are paying hundreds of dollars for accomodation you expect not to be woken up by scheduled deliveries or at least be accommodated on the other side of the hotel.
Overall Unique experience.
Off Paris is an experience of a kind. I recommend it for a couple of nights; not more. Sleeping in a heated floating hotel is cool. The staff is helpful. And the budget is fair. You can enjoy a cup of tea in the lounge right in the middle of the Seine River.
If you're looking for a unique place to stay in Paris and a little off the beaten path, I highly recommend this floating hotel. You're reminded that you're staying on a barge when a large boat drives by and the hotel rocks a bit (this was infrequent, but kinda fun when it happens). All the main attractions are within 1-3 miles away, which was fine for us because we like to walk and explore. But if you'd prefer public transport there are also 2 train stations—Gare d'Austerlitz (easy access to/from CDG airport) and Gare de Lyon that are less than a 5 minute walk away.
We read reviews that the hotel could be loud since it's across the river form a floating club and there's a pool/deck that is centrally located in the lobby. However, we stayed here in the fall time so the hotel was pretty quiet and cozy. The rooms are small, but coming from a city we're used to small spaces. There's a nice cafe/restaurant/bar by the lobby/pool area. We didn't eat there but the breakfast buffet looked good. There's always free coffee, tea, hot chocolate in the lobby.
Very friendly staff. The only negative: Wi-Fi is pretty unreliable and slow. I'd be curious to see what the experience is like in the summer. I would definitely stay here again.