Your hip­ster home in Paris

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As The Hox­ton brings a hint of Shored­itch to the French cap­i­tal, Han­nah Meltzer takes a first look

The Hox­ton group has ex­panded on the Con­ti­nent with a Paris open­ing that prom­ises to be a buzzy hub for hip trav­ellers and lo­cals alike. In­sta­gram sat­is­fac­tion is guar­an­teed, with pe­riod de­tails of the orig­i­nal 18th-cen­tury hô­tel par­ti­c­ulier mixing with on-point dé­cor from the Soho House cre­atives.

Lo­ca­tion 7/10

When the Hox­ton opened in Shored­itch in 2006, the area was on the hip­ster turn, and the same goes for the densely packed cor­ner of the 2nd ar­rondisse­ment, where this new Paris prop­erty is sit­u­ated; Face­book, Twit­ter, Airbnb and a clutch of start-ups are based in and around this for­mer gar­ment district. The ho­tel is, none­the­less, also well placed for vis­it­ing Paris’s more tra­di­tional at­trac­tions, with the Lou­vre and the banks of the Seine 20 min­utes away on foot. Métro stop Grands Boule­vards (Lines 8 and 9).

Style/char­ac­ter 9/10

The de­sign team be­hind Soho House was en­listed for the pub­lic spa­ces – re­volv­ing around a strik­ing gal­leried lobby and sum­mery court­yard ter­race – with de­sign­ers Hum­bert & Poyet work­ing on the rooms. The con­tem­po­rary aes­thetic, a cu­rated hotch­potch of dé­cor (Art Deco; mid-cen­tury; flo­ral pat­tern; vin­tage or­na­ments) en­sures Shored­itch types will feel at home. The build­ing, an 18th-cen­tury af­fair – once res­i­dence of Eti­enne Rivié, ad­viser to Louis XV – adds a dis­tinctly French flavour, with orig­i­nal spi­ral stair­cases and mo­saic mar­ble floors.

The at­mos­phere is re­laxed and com­fort­able, en­cour­ag­ing lin­ger­ing long after check­out, and a staff hand-picked from all over the world cre­ates a lively in­ter­na­tional vibe.

Ser­vice/fa­cil­i­ties 7/10

The Hox­ton group is all about peel­ing back the frilly ex­tras, so you won’t find a gym or spa, nor robes and slip­pers in the room. In­stead, the ho­tel or­gan­ises a ros­ter of events (six per month) of­fer­ing a flavour of the lo­cal area; think DJ sets, book launches, beauty work­shops and yoga classes.

A small range of re­fresh­ments is sold at re­cep­tion, as well as Hox­ton­branded mer­chan­dise. French and UK news­pa­pers are avail­able for pe­rusal in the lobby – plus fash­ion and life­style mag­a­zines. The numer­ous “comme à la maison” style spa­ces, in­clud­ing the lovely win­ter gar­den, pro­vide an ex­cel­lent base for re­lax­ing.

Rooms 8/10

The 172 rooms are all fit­ted out to the same spec­i­fi­ca­tion, with cat­e­gories based purely on size: Shoe­box (pretty dinky); Cosy; Roomy; Biggy (large and with high Parisian ceil­ings). Guests are greeted with music, cour­tesy of a vin­tage Roberts ra­dio, and each room has a small se­lec­tion of books cu­rated by a “Hox­ton Friend” (cre­ative types liv­ing or work­ing in the lo­cal area).

Pe­riod de­tails, such as cor­nic­ing and chevron par­quet, con­trast with vi­brant, con­tem­po­rary fea­ture walls of blue, green and red. Fur­nish­ings are a mix of mod­ern – crisp, geo­met­ric bed linens and Lampe Gras light fixtures – and retro (vin­tage-look leather head boards and Formica-topped ta­bles).

Mini­bars con­tain free milk and wa­ter and a ket­tle is also pro­vided. Dou­ble beds are com­fort­able and blackout cur­tains and sound­proof­ing are ef­fec­tive. The at­trac­tive bath­rooms are dec­o­rated with white sub­way tiles and Deco-style pat­terns on the floor, fin­ished with cop­per taps and plumb­ing. Most bath­rooms fea­ture a rain shower; five rooms have tubs. Toi­letries are by Pen & Ink. 30-32 Rue du Sen­tier, 75002 Paris, France (00 33 1 85 65 75 00; tele­ tt-hox­ton­paris).

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