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
The location here is great - a short walk from several metro options. It’s actually quiet easy to miss the hotel if you’re walking along the same side of the street as it’s quite an underwhelming entrance, but cross the road and you can see the unique Art Deco-type facade. Room was tiny - and apparently we received an upgrade due to Accor status - and the whole hotel just didn’t feel as luxurious/service driven as usual Sofitel and MGallery hotels do. We asked several members of the reception staff for restaurant recommendations but they couldnt really seem to come up with much to suggest.
Although I arrived early the room was ready which was a relief. The staff were very helpful with tips on best use of the Metro and nearby good restaurants. The room was well equipped with excellent shower and bed but it was rather small for it to qualify as very comfortable.
I stayed in this hotel for 4 nights on January, the rooms were good and the service was nice and quick especially guys at the breakfast. The whole team made my stay very good except one lady at the reception who was not helpful and rude at the check out (elsie i think but not sure) thanks god florianne was here to help... Otherwise i want to thank all the team and of course i recommand the hotel for your stays in Paris.
Definitely above our usual budget but a very nice stay. Staff always ready to help, room was wonderful with terrace with roof top views, breakfast and spa with indoor pool spotless. Also very nice surroundings, great location with Parisian atmosphere away from the tourist crowds.
second time at the Sofitel Boutet : nice location in a vibrant 11eme arrondissement with easy access to public transportation, several nice restaurants. Comfortable room well equipped (Nespresso machine, a kettle to make tea, small fridge). Functional bathroom with a good shower. This time we had access to the swimming pool and the spa facilities (last time it was under maintenance). The breakfast was just fantastic like the first time we stayed at the hotel.The staff was helpful and friendly