Hôtel Paris Bastille Boutet
What We Love
- It’s the only five-star hotel in the 11th arrondissement
- The hotel’s six-story concrete staircase is an Instagram celebrity in its own right
- Live music at Le Bar Du Boutet
- The cobblestoned location, on one of Paris’s oldest thoroughfares
What To Know
- Students from the acclaimed design school École Boulle designed two of the suites here
- Children under 12 stay for free
- Rooms are equipped with a universal plug adaptor
- The hotel is entirely smoke-free
If you’re wondering why chocolate makes frequent cameos here—in the form of a gourmet aperitif at the bar; as part of a signature exfoliating treatment at the spa; inside the elevators, which are enveloped in chocolate box wallpaper—it’s because this graciously updated Art Deco gem was once a Swiss-owned confection factory. That 1920s heritage is palpable through the lobby bar’s soft leather sofas, the glazed blue-and-white tiles that line the indoor pool, and the custom-made wardrobes in each of the 80 guest rooms—though the in-room accessories, which include Nespresso machines, in-built bathroom speakers (karaoke in the rain shower, anyone?), and backlit shaving mirrors are far from retro. In the absence of a full-service restaurant, the hotel delivers a knockout terrace breakfast complete with oven-fresh madeleines, croissants, and an assortment of cheeses. (The lobby bar also churns out the occasional burger or pizza.) There’s also a subterranean spa, whose hammam and indoor pool decked with resistance jets are available free of charge for hotel guests.
In the Area
Though it’s situated in a residential neighborhood—a welcome respite from the city’s tourist hubs—the hotel is within easy distance of Place de Vosges, a charming covered walkway brimming with art galleries, shops, and cafés. Its Bastille surroundings, a collection of centuries-old buildings (the area is known for its political significance best represented by the July Column, one of France’s most famous structures honoring the revolution of 1830), winding walkways and promenades, and green spaces make for a pleasing address. For more far-flung exploits, both the Faidherbe-Chaligny Metro station and Gare de Lyon are just a cobblestone’s throw away.
How to Get There
We were a group of 24 American tourists. My husband and I arrived arrived at the hotel before the rest of the group. Our flight had been delayed by 2 hours and we missed the transfer bus at CDG airport. As we checked in at the front desk, an incredibly rude young woman had trouble finding the reservation. It was not under my name. It was under my husband's name. We were finally able to get our keys. We were on our way to the room when our friends arrived on the transfer bus. We were happy to greet everyone. We were shown to our room by the porter. It was at ground level beyond the kitchen area. I wondered if the young lady had placed us there out of spite. Nevertheless, I liked the room. It was clean and neat. There was a view of a garden. Later, I found it very convenient to simply step outside my door for a coffee or juice at 6:30 a.m. I could just give my order to the server and return to my room. The only meal served was breakfast. It was average not great. I really liked my chamber maid, the porter and all of the staff. The only unpleasant encounter was the young woman at check in. Fortunately, I never saw her again. The hotel has WiFi service and other amenities like a swimming pool. I was too busy sightseeing with my friends and dining out to spend much time at the hotel. I will say that there is a supermarket behind the hotel and an organic store across the street There is a patisserie and chocolatier on the corner and a gourmet store too. I loved walking around the residential neighborhood. It was not a tourist trap.
We stayed here with our small dog . I cannot praise the hotel enough . From the moment we walked into the hotel , we were made to feel very welcome . The reception staff were amazing- friendly, professional and really helpful .
We stayed in the Suite Tech , with its roof terrace and it was stunning . The bed was extremely comfortable and the ‘tech’ aspects of the suite were a great addition . We loved the terrace and the two bathrooms.
The hotel has a beautiful pool/spa area and the bar area in the reception is a great place to unwind in the evening - again the staff were great .
There is an underground car park belonging to the hotel which is really useful , but it is rather difficult to get in and out of if your car is large , so ask for a staff member to guide you , as this then helps on the corners .
The hotel is located within walking distance of lots of restaurants, bars and shops . We walked from the hotel to the Jardin de Plants ( 40 minute walk) and got on the Bateux Bus there , a great way to see all the Parisian landmarks.
We will definitely stay again when next in Paris .
Not sure why this is 5 stars. The neighborhood, while I’m told is safe, seems a little dicey and not near the beauty of other parts of Paris. It feels like a sleeper cell is about to pop out at any moment. Bunch of creeps at night roaming around. Hotel is basically clean but not to the level of a 5 star. I’d rather be at a Hyatt. I guess the extra 100 euros is worth it to be close to the nicer parts of Paris and have a nice hotel experience.