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
I end up in this hotel by complete hazard and I was truly impressed. First of all, the hotel is simply great. Recently and extremely well renovated. It feels from the moment you walk in a nice and relaxing experience. Rooms are reasonably sized for Paris, impeccably clean (and I have a very high standard) and feel fairly spacious. My room was exceptionally quiet, a must for business travelers. Bathroom was one of the best I have been in Paris, large, well designed, well stocked with spa products and with really nice bathrobes and towels. The hotel has a small but well done spa that has a nice pool and gym and offers spa treatments 24h (so rare nowadays). One of the things that impressed me the most was reception staff, warm, competent, and incredibly helpful. I can only congratulate this hotel's staff and management for being simply great.
We will be back Staff organised restaurant and transport for a family birthday. They were brilliant.
Rooms were lovely. Location was good once we mastered the Metro.
We all loved it and look forward to returning
My first visit to Paris, the hotel was great. I did not give it a 5 star because of the limited storage space. It has a very small closet but the shower stall was amazing, huge shower with multiply shower heads. The hotel was very clean and they where really nice. Plenty of restaurant and local bars to hang out. Great service everywhere we went. Close to the train station and a quite area, felt safe walking around late. Went to a few local bars, which was fun. Don't use the taxi service, they will take advantage of you, use UBER if you don't want to deal with the subway/train.
Reception and checkin was a great experience and the room is light and airy. However the 1 drawback is that there are no drawers, about 30 cm of hanging space and nowhere to put the suitcases even had we been able to unpack them. They did not fit under the bed. Traffic noise is constant though this is typical of European cities. There are plenty of good eating options nearby and the Metro is 1 minute walk. Overall I recommend this hotel as the room was (deluxe) larger than average and it was clean and light filled.
Spent 7 night as part of our honeymoon. Hotel was exceptional from the time we checked in until we checked out. Service, breakfast and facility was one of the best I've had. Lived the area and am so happy we chose the location. Multiple metro stations that let us easily get wherever we wanted to go but still experience Paris outside of the touristy spots. The pool was a great way to relax after long days of touring. May have been the best service I have ever had at a hotel.