BLC Design Hotel

January 12, 2010 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

The BLC Design Hotel’s all-white decor is surprisingly comfy and restful. Since the just-opened BLC Design Hotel is located next to the Palais des Femmes, a refuge for women in distress in Paris’s 11th arrondissement, its designer, Carole Picard, chose … Read More

Mama Shelter

March 24, 2009 | By Colin Eaton | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Dublin-based architect Colin Eaton, a regular visitor to Paris who loves to stay in funky little hotels, recently tested the trendy new Mama Shelter, located in the off-the- …

Hôtel Pavillon Nation

October 30, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Stars Come Out in Humble Hood Original design touches include sinks made of white pebbles embedded in red resin. As real estate costs rise and gentrification spreads through Paris, the area around Nation, once considered a less-than-desirable residential backwater on … Read More

Hôtel Duo

January 30, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Madame de Pompadour Slept Here The lobby of the Hôtel Duo, decorated by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. Until recently, Paris’s Marais neighborhood has been surprisingly short on agreeable mid-range hotels suitable for both tourists and businesspeople, but that is beginning to … Read More

The Five Hotel

January 23, 2007 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Designs on the Senses The suspended bed in the romantic room 603 won’t make you seasick by swaying, since it hangs from rigid steel cables. Paris’s stock of small neighborhood hotels is slowly being taken over and transformed from musty … Read More

Hôtel du Petit Moulin

November 24, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Couture Couchage Fashion rules in this room decorated with the designer’s illustrations. Updated November 25, 2006 Fashion designer Christian Lacroix has turned his attention from dressing the haut monde to dressing bedrooms for them. This discreet little hotel with only … Read More

Bed & breakfasts

July 18, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Staying Chez l’Habitant The city’s new manual for bed & breakfasts. May 11, 2005; updated July 19, 2006 Paris is rich in hotels (with 75,000 rooms) but poor in bed and breakfasts (only 300 rooms). This isn’t surprising, since the … Read More

Hotel Amour

June 6, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | Hotels & Short-term Rentals

Coolness Credentials High, Prices Low The room decorated by the artist André in the Hotel Amour. It is not true, as the French press has reported, that the new Hôtel Amour is the Parisian version of Japanese Love Hotels, where … Read More