After first creating a template for a hip boutique hotel in London’s East End (hence the group’s name), Indian hotelier-entrepreneur Sharan Pasricha extends his cool, design-forward and properly good value chainlet, The Hoxton, to Paris. His fourth and biggest opening yet, like its Amsterdam sibling, is a sensitive, colourful refit of a period building in a trendy part of town with switched-on service and some witty touches that make it as much a hangout for locals as guests.
A quiet street in the second arrondissement, a couple of stops from Gare du Nord and Gare de L’Est, a short walk to Le Marais (and its market, Le Marché des Enfants Rouges) and just a short walk from some of the city’s so-called “neo-bistros” on rue de Faubourg-Saint Denis, such as the highly rated Le 52.
A young, creative class happy to forgo the staid luxury of upscale hotels in favour of a less fancy breakfast, local vibe, smart design and lower price.
Fed up with rip-off fees at big hotels, owner Sharan Pasricha said he wanted to open a chain that didn’t charge for things it didn’t really need to, so here, it’s free international calls, wi-fi gratis, and an in-room mini-bar with shop-priced drinks.
A modern, unfussy update on the classic French bistro, Rivié’s good-value wine list and unpretentious plates show enough imagination to feel like destination cooking. But the stand-out space is the double-height lobby cafe that reboots a 300-year-old, Rococo-style courtyard into the hotel’s centrepiece hangout.
A refit of an 18th-century city mansion, open spaces are by Soho House designers while the colourful rooms (most with glorious floor-to-ceiling windows) are by local studio Humbert & Poyet. Check out the original mosaic in Jacques’ Bar.