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
Highly recommend Hotel Original Paris to anyone visiting Paris! This was our first Paris trip with our 25 y/o son. We booked a triple room and were upgraded to a quadruple room on check-in. The room would comfortably fit four people. The hotel’s décor/style was so unique and fun. The toilet was in a separate room, enabling use the shower/sinks (double sink). More than enough storage with two closets was provided. Electrical outlets were in abundance. The beds/pillows were extremely comfortable and bathroom amenities were excellent (shampoos, etc.). Our room faced the courtyard, making sleeping very quiet, being that the hotel was on a busy street. Breakfast was offered at 15 euros, which we passed on being that we were more interested in the area’s bistros and cafes. Coffee is provided throughout the day and a “honesty bar” (pay at checkout) for those interested in wine/alcohol in their breakfast/lounge area.
The location is all one could ask for between Bastille and Marais. Bastille metro is one block away with lines 1 & 8, traveling to all main Paris sights, as well as buses. If you’re a walker, you can get to most sights. Restaurants/bars are in abundance outside the front door and the hotel staff offers great recommendations. The area becomes quite lively in the evening with a real local flair. However, staff is what makes this boutique hotel a standout. From check-in to check-out, they were friendly, professional and welcoming.
The Original is a three star hotel that bills itself as a five star. We will say that the big king bed was super comfortable! The black cabinets and overall darkness of the room were not friendly and were a little creepy with all the the purple accents and odd decorations. The bathroom shower leaked water all over the floor because of the open door at the end with nothing to prevent water from spilling onto the bathroom floor. Breakfast was not included and there is an honor bar where you pay for everything and keep track. Laundry bags were piled up all over the crowded hallways in the morning. Basically we ended up feeling like we paid way too much at over $200 a night and could have done better.
Love the location of the hotel--it's convenient to many sites, and the Neighbors café a couple of blocks away is great for breakfast. The hotel is clean and the bed and towels etc. are all in good condition; the staff were helpful. But we were in Room 305, and... it was small. If you are a couple traveling with one suitcase, you'll be fine. If you're a couple with two suitcases, it's tight--there's really no place to put a second suitcase that won't require you to climb over it. We were also perplexed about room service--once, they opened the door without knocking to do the room. (There were no "Do Not Disturb" signs that I could find, which I thought was odd.) The noise from the hallway--people in other rooms, the cleaning staff--was also pretty loud, at times. The main problem was the lack of space, though.