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
Staff were trying their best to accommodate guests' needs, but unfortunately this hotel suffers from infrastructure-related issues. 1) There were a lot of mosquitos on site and no effective way of getting rid of them besides staying up for a few hours trying to kill all the ones in your room. 2) The wifi was painfully slow. Speedtest showed it was 1.6 Mbps in my room, and I even needed to wait for videos to load at 144p; it was slower than plane wifi.
The hotel is tricky to find. The room was nice and cosy but small. It was full of light effects and a nice interio design. I wasnt that happy with the noises from the pipes. The service was in general ok. Nice little place to stay.
We were extremely excited to spend our last night in Paris on the Seine. The hotel was incredibly hard to find- it took two uber drivers and finally having to get out and walk to find it. Uber only goes to the top of the hill which means you're carrying luggage down a hill (not steep). We arrived late and were surprised that no one offered to carry our luggage down the stairs to our room. Because we had to be up early, we decided to eat at the restaurant which was more bar than restaurant. The service was extremely slow and the food was pricey. We were seated right next to the DJ, which wasn't awful, because he was a good DJ, but made for a loud dinner. The rooms were quiet. The other downside was all of the public drinking along the Seine in front of the hotel. Made it feel a bit seedy. Would not pay the money to stay here again.
This place is trendy, adorable, and very reasonably priced. The interior decor of the rooms and the barge common area is very much on fleek. I liked how close to the metro lines it was - made getting there and getting around a breeze. The area is a little sketchy and there is some noise up until around midnight, but that’s a situation that wasn’t surprising to us. I also liked the free coffee and tea they provide while sitting and watching the river. Overall this place was a great experience.
I emailed the hotel before making the reservation due to the bad reviews about loud noise. Fortunately, we didn’t experience any problems. We were able to sleep without being disturbed. The hotel is very modern and clean looking. The staff is helpful and friendly. We only stayed there one night to give it a try, but I wish we would have stayed longer.