What We Love
- The in-room selection of books from local bookstore 0fr.
- Room 703, tucked away on the top floor under a mansard roof, has fabulous views and a gorgeous corner bathtub
- The countless beautiful design details, from the rust-colored sofas in the lounge to the vintage telephones to the seemingly endless variety of patterned wallpapers
What To Know
- There are no bellboys, gym, or bathrobes
- The breakfast buffet of fruit, cake, good cheese, and baguettes is steep at €18
- Guests traveling with kids should ask for the tee-pee, which the hotel will set up on the room floor for young ones to sleep or play in
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
This elegant hotel is one of the appealing new breed of Parisian boutiques that employ an almost outré style, with unorthodox colors and an unabashed embrace of patterns. One-to-know designer Dorothée Meilichzon has done a spectacular job of turning the sharp angles, irregular recesses, and abundance of curves of this 19th-century building’s unusual “flat iron” shape into a series of smart, chic spaces. Her clever use of mirrors, patterned tiles, triangular desks, and pendant lamps makes the rooms feel fresh and modern, though much of the furniture and fixtures have an Art Deco bent and the light switches are pure Bauhaus. Meanwhile, chefs Paul Landre and William Ranson serve notable “neo-bistro”-style dishes in the adjoining restaurant, which has quickly established itself as a neighborhood hot spot; don’t go anywhere else for dinner.
In the Area
Is the 9th arrondissement the new Marais of Paris? It’s staring to look that way, what with its abundance of shops and restaurants, and with the added bonus of being near major tourist sites like the Folies Bergère music hall, where theater fans will want to come to pay homage. On the corner of the bustling rue Faubourg Montmartre, the hotel is between the Grands Boulevards and South Pigalle. There are myriad options for eating nearby: try Encore for elegant, good value prix fixe menus or the landmark Bouillon Chartier, which has been around for over a century. If you want to stock up on some of the books you’ve found in the hotel, the bookshop 0fr. is a 25-minute stroll east. Transportation is also excellent: the nearest metro stop is just two minutes from the hotel, and if you’re traveling by Eurostar, it’s a 20-minute walk to Gare Du Nord.
How to Get There
In its own right, this is a very poor hotel. When you consider the prices charged, it becomes an abomination.
Much is made of the hotel's design following its opening in 2016 but the entire place looks scruffy and in desperate need of attention. The walls are dirty, the carpets are worn and filthy, the smells from the kitchen fill the interior courtyard with a rancid air and there isn't a jot of soundproofing anywhere in the building.
The staff at the front desk (with the exception of Michel) were unconcerned, unhelpful and unfriendly. Having lived in Paris I wasn't expecting best-in-class service, but having paid well over €300 per night for what I thought would be a special experience I was expecting them to show at least a little interest in my stay. When we checked out, the hotel staff thought it might be wise to ask about our experience. They were surprised to hear how much we disliked it but I was equally surprised it took them three days to show the faintest interest in us.
Our room was poorly lit, cramped and dirty. You can put as many expensive light fittings as you want in a room, but if the open window lets in a stench of cooking oil amid the wonderful view of discarded pot plants and air conditioning units, then you're not going to make much of an impression. Some bedside tables might have been a good idea, or a shelf in the shower for toiletries, or a non-broken seat for the toilet, or working electronics, or walls that weren't covered in scuff marks, or windows that stopped the sound of other people's drains all night.
I think the breakfast is actually meant to be a joke. I won't bother writing about it, you certainly shouldn't bother eating it.
This hotel is one to avoid at all costs. There are so many better places to stay in Paris and there are certainly better things to do with your money, like setting fire to it.
We stayed in the family room, which was nicely designed and quite spaceous. Staff was great and the hotel's location was very practical. Great choice for a weekend! Only down-side: Since we were there in August, and the restaurant was closed. But there are plenty of options just around the corner!
I travel frequently and come to Paris every year. This year I decided to check out what looked like a newer, stylish yet affordable address at Hotel Panache. NEVER AGAIN and feel everyone should be warned about the incompetence of the staff here. They are unfriendly, rude and were unable to comprehend what service actually involves. After explaining several of my issues upon check in to the manager she had the audacity to ask me if I could write a note for the front desk to tell their staff how they should treat guests. That is not my job - that is HER job and the fact that they can't hire people able to welcome guests in and attend to their needs is beyond comprehension.
Furthermore when I had to leave my luggage prior to check in I saw that none of the bags from hotel guests were being tagged with a room number or any way to ensure security of the bags. When I went to collect my luggage the gentleman at the front desk showed me to the closet brimming over with people's bags and just said "which is it?" And it wasn't there. My heart nearly stopped. Turns out it was in another room but there was no system being used to protect people's belongings. This is a MASSIVE issue at a hotel. When I asked if someone could help me get the luggage up to my room I was told "No, not at this time". The answer should have been "not at the moment but we can do so in 10 minutes no problem" or something to that effect.
Other issues with this property:
Peeling paint in bathroom
No hygiene kits
Squeaky doors that were so loud they'd wake me from sleeping
I had to call the desk TWICE to reset my wifi
Elevator button lights don’t work
No sign was available to indicate whether you’d like service or privacy
Room wasn’t made up by 3:15 one day; housekeeping didn't show up till 5PM!
No one helped me with luggage in or out of the hotel as I checked in and checked out
Do not be fooled by Instagram and stay here. The manager offered to issue me a 20% credit but only did so after following up 3 times to receive it.
Is rated 4 stars hotel but don't think it worth more than 2...
Breakfast (18 euro) with just some bread and cheese, unprofessional people managing it. On 3 nights the breakfast was served well after 7...and really poor.
Rooms are narrow and not soundproof, elevator old, slow and for 2 people max.
Front desk not professional at all.
Will for sure never return, for about 210 euro per nights you can find much better hotel
The interior of Hôtel Panache is lovely. Our room (Junior Suite) was smaller than you would expect from this category but our bathroom was quite big, the bed was comfy and everything was very clean.
A big downside was the poor soundproofing as you could hear doors slamming and people talking in the hallway during the night and very early in the morning. For a four star hotel the amenities were unexpectedly low: the mini bar was not very well sorted and in the bathroom there was only shampoo and body lotion (basic bathroom toiletries at least include shower gel & conditioner). Which was a pitty because they were from the nice french label "Bonne Nouvelle" (formulated without parabens)...
We did not got to the restaurant because it was mostly closed or not very well attended.
There are some nice restaurants within walking distance:
you have to try "Holybelly5" at 5 Rue Lucien Sampaix for their amazing breakfast, super friendly staff and nice interior (they do not take reservation so expect to wait approx. 20 Minutes) or "Wild & The Moon Opéra" at 4 Rue du Helder for healthy food & juices, breakfast, snacks or lunch.
For exploring the city and for shorter distances we can highly recommend renting one of the "Trottinettes", the little electric scooters that are available all around the city. Just download the "Lime" or "Bird" app in your phone and you're ready to go. It's so much fun and even more handy than the city bikes.