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
My wife and I have been to Paris many times and Hotel Original is definitely the best value for money. I have stayed in one that was possibly better (a long time ago) - but that was expensive and, fortunately, paid for by my company).
I think the first thing people need to understand is that Paris Hotels are normally expensive and have small rooms - especially is you're used to U.S. hotels. We honeymooned in Paris and you had to close the door to the room if you wanted to walk around the double-bed.
The room we had at the Hotel Original was large for a Paris hotel, easily containing the super king bed. It was well furnished and very clean. The decoration was unusual (as expected) but not too outlandish. It was nice and quirky - one of the reasons I chose this hotel. One wall did perhaps look a little 'tired' but that is being picky. Admittedly the room was an upgrade - at least I assume it was - for which we are very grateful.
The location was fabulous, practically on the Place de Bastille with lots of great restaurants nearby. We normally waste a lot of each each evening trying to decide where to eat - this time, on the very first night we had selected restaurants for each night of our stay.
Staff were lovely - putting up with me trying to practice my spoken French, but asking them to reply in English.
Prices were very reasonable - from the 12 Euro breakfast to the 25 Euro half-bottle of Lanson Champagne we had to help celebrate my wife's birthday.
We expect to return to Paris many times in the future and I suspect Hotel Original will be the first place we check for prices and availability.
How to say something when there is nothing to say ....everything is perfect ..the rooms are fantastic especially when one is tired of boring standardized rooms or old fashioned design. Unique it is and great beds, strong showers and cleanliness is perfect which is not always the case in Paris hotels. Now the best at Hotel Original is the staff and I mean all the staff from management to ladies at the breakfast etc etc If you read all reviews it is mentioned everywhere that the staff is great so there must be a reason. Friendly, cool, helpful so not the usual "robots" you meet in hotel chains. In terms of location i personally discover an area close to the Marais which is vibrant and very interesting. If you want to visit Paris center and the departments stores the Bus nr. 20 is in front of the hotel and just a short ride from everything. I have stayed here now for a month on business and i will certainly return. No need to search for anther hotel .. Here i know i have everything i like and i am known to be a difficult man ahaha.
I very much appreciate the friendliness of all staff members at the desk at breakfast the beautiful rooms are calm and clean - the extra benefit of the hotel Original is a Sauna as well as the selfservice bar in the lobby!
This hotel is certainly Original (eg bath in main bedroom) but so very friendly and helpful Good Breakfast. Honesty bar. The safe is a little small and bath would not be good for elderly, but otherwise really excellent.
This was my second time stay at this hotel. The staff is always very friendly and helpful. The room was clean and up to date. WiFi worked great which is always helpful. Location is solid.. easy walk key points of interest and the Metro.