Oh là là – Paris boasts an extraordinary range of hip hotels
Kube sits behind an unremarkable façade in the ethnically diverse Goutte d’Or. The Ice Kube bar by Grey Goose serves up vodka glasses that, like the bar itself, are carved from ice; drinkers pay €38 to down four vodka cocktails in 30 minutes. To top off the futuristic style, access to the 41 rooms is by fingerprint technology. Also on the menu are ‘aperifood’ and ‘snackubes’ by culinary designer Nicolas Guillard. The art brunch on Sundays introduces a different artist each month, with DJs and a buffet. 1-5 passage Ruelle, 18e, Paris. +33 01 42 05 20 00. Métro: La Chapelle.
Hôtel Gabriel Paris Marais
Situated in central Paris near Place de la République, this luxurious boutique hotel offers guestrooms stylishly decorated and equipped with modern en suite facilities including plasma-screen TV, iPod stations and free, unlimited Wi-Fi internet access. The bar/lounge displays a surrealist decor in shades of white. Antioxidant drinks and a wide selection of teas are featured. The location of Hôtel Gabriel makes it an ideal base from which to discover the charm and romance of Paris on foot, or via public transportation. 25 Rue Du Grand Prieuré, 3e, Paris. +33 01 47 00 13 38. Métro: Oberkampf.
Le Citizen Hotel
Near Place de la Republique, Le Citizen offers modern-designed accommodations with views of Saint-Martin Canal. All the rooms and suites have recently been renovated and are equipped with free Wi-FI access, a laptop safe and a minibar. Guests have free access to an iPad on request. The 10th district is one of Paris trendiest areas with many shops and bars with evening entertainment. The hotel is a five-minute walk from Jacques Bonsergent metro station, and a ten-minute walk from Republique métro station. 96 Quai De Jemmapes, 10e, Paris. + 33 01 83 62 55 50. Métro: Jacques Bonsergent.
Opened back in 2006, this boutique hotel is a real hit with the in crowd. Each of the 20 rooms is unique, decorated on the theme of love or eroticism by a coterie of contemporary artists and designers such as Marc Newson, M&M, Stak, Pierre Le Tan and Sophie Calle. Seven of the rooms contain artists' installations, and two others have their own private bar and a large terrace on which to hold your own party. The late-night brasserie has a coveted outdoor garden, and the crowd is young and beautiful. 8 rue Navarin, 9e, Paris. +33 1 48 78 31 80. Métro: Saint-Georges.
This stylish hotel was designed by Philippe Starck. It offers ultramodern guest rooms with an iMac, microwave and a minibar. Each air-conditioned guest room has tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi access. Traditional French cuisine is served in the brasserie-style restaurant and there is also a pizzeria. Guests can enjoy cocktails in the Chic-Chic bar and a buffet breakfast is prepared every morning. Mama Shelter features an amusement area with table football and a gift shop. La Flèche d’Or music venue is located opposite the hotel. 109, Rue De Bagnolet, 20e, Paris. + 33 (0)825 00 62 62. Métro: Alexandre Dumas.