Despite its size and the abundance of hotels available, finding the ideal lodging in Paris can be a daunting task. From tiny rooms that easily top over 300 euros a night to more budget options that put you an hour out from the main sights you’re hoping to see, booking the right Parisian hotel can require some effort. Whether you’re looking for a high-end luxury hotel or something historic in the center of Paris, here are a couple lesser known secret Parisian hotels.
Hotel du Quai Voltaire
This budget-friendly hotel near Musee d’Orsay offers guests a look into Paris’ artistic past and is considered a bit of an institution. Pissarro’s famed paintings of Paris on the Seine were completed here, and the Hotel du Quai Voltaire has welcomed such distinguished guests as Wagner during its tenure. Expect small rooms and some traffic noise, but for under 200 euros a night and some of the best views in Paris, it’s worth it.
Ever been to an ice bar? If not, book a room at the Kube Hotel to be right in the middle of the only ice bar in Paris. Each year the design of the Ice Kube Bar is revamped, giving repeat guests a completely new experience. The Ice Kube Bar is open Wednesdayto Saturday between 7pm and 2am. The funky design and cool vibe of the bar extends to the rooms at the Kube Hotel. If you have money to spend, check out the Nordik room, which offers a large terrace accessible by ice effects walls, a suspended bed, anda bathroom on an elevated podium with a massive bathtub featuring colored lights on the podium.
Don’t be deterred by the name, as Mama Shelter is one of the best kept secrets in Paris, although the word is definitely getting out. Fun, function, modern design and under 100 euros a night – Mama Shelter is hard to beat. Located in a former garageoutside of the main tourist area, this is the perfect alternative for travelers looking for budget options outside of a hostel. Look for unique touches like superhero masks in the rooms! And the best part – there’s a 27-inch iMac in each room providingfree Internet, Wi-Fi and free movies on demand. If you love Mama Shelter in Paris, look for other locations in Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux, and even Istanbul.
Le Pavilion des Lettres
Dubbed the first literary hotel in Paris, Le Pavillon des Lettres features 26 rooms, each dedicated to a letter of the alphabet. Each room pays homage to the works of a poet or writer, featuring décor inspired by their respective works, including quotationson the walls.
One by the Five
Truly a secret with no sign, lobby or staff, the One by the Five is located in Paris’ Latin Quarter. It’s been voted one of the most romantic hotels in Paris and once you step inside, you will see why. The idea is for guests to succumb to their imagination and the design and amenities are aimed at enhancing the senses. Delicate fragrances, plush interiors, and suspended beds -- all part of the unique world One by the Five offers its guests.
Which of these lesser known hotels appeals most to you?