Hotel Original Paris
What We Love
- Close to the Bastille; a top spot for bars and restaurants
- The hotel’s decor takes you into a land of fairy tales
- Friendly and helpful staff
What To Know
- Rooms are small and very few have bathtubs; this is Paris, after all
- There’s no valet parking or in-house restaurant
- If you’re at all claustrophobic, avoid the black room
- Free WiFi
- Room Service
Stella Cadente, the creative brains behind Hotel Original, started out making jewelry for the big fashion houses, and as you might expect, the charm of this hip hotel’s decor lies in the details. Inspired by fairy tales by the likes of Hans Christian Andersen and Lewis Carroll, each room plunges you into a magical universe spiced up with bold color and surreal objets.
Bed and Bath
The 38 guestrooms are spread over six floors and are petite but perfectly comfortable. And though they’re equipped with flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and iPod docking stations, the technology never interferes with the style. Quirky design touches range from an enchanting LED light forest to black and white checkers and gold leaf on the walls. Under the hotel’s sloping roof, the rooms of the Seven Sins are decorated with giant, haunting photographic portraits on the ceiling.
A traditional French breakfast (delicious pastries and good coffee) is served in the breakfast room or in your room. There is also a bar for those who want a late night tipple. The reception area is cozy and a perfect intro to the hotel’s fairytale theme.
How to Get There
I absolutely love this hotel and hope to stay there again in the future. The decor is interesting and beautifully done. The staff was super helpful and spoke excellent English (sadly, my French is non-existent).
The bed was extremely comfortable and the room was quiet at night. And, while many have said the rooms are small, I didn't find it to be so (sure, smaller than American hotel rooms, but who needs all that wasted space anyway?).
There are lots of nearby cafes, restaurants, shops, and cultural sites nearby. If you are adventurous, you can even walk to the Catacombs (about 45-minute walk) or the Eiffel Tower (also 45 minutes, but in a different direction). The Louvre was about a 25-minute walk with all the beauty of Paris to see on the way. There is also a metro stop just on the corner with routes to a number of locations as well as CDG airport.
I HIGHLY recommend this hotel!
We loved it. We stayed in the crystal room and it was comfortable, beautiful and super cool. My fiancée and I actually stayed in and got food delivered we liked our room so much we didn’t want to leave. The whole room is completely white so it’s very modern and clean, but at night - the colored lights turn it into a colorful fairy tale.
We only stayed one night but wished there had been more. The hotel has a very unique decor with themed rooms. Ours was very large by Paris standards. Breakfast was lovely (scrambled eggs!) and their lounge was a really nice extra other hotels don’t have. Steps from the Bastille metro, excellent shopping and restaurants. Will definitely stay here again!!
Hotel Original is cute, quirky and well located. Right near the Bastille and metro stations, only a short walk from Le Marais. On a very well lit street, so easy and safe for solo travellers. The rooms are comfy and well equipped. The decor is a bit extra, but definitely not boring. Also friendly front-of-house service, quiet rooms, and reasonably priced. Several thumbs up!
A business colleague and I spent 3 nights at this small but delightful hotel. Steps from the Bastille round-about and feet from a Metro stop, the hotel was ideal for both business and leisure travelers. The service was outstanding with everyone from front desk personnel to those who served the breakfast (included in our rate) ready and willing to assist.