Occupying an 18th-century residence built by architect Nicolas d’Orbay for Etienne Rivié, a French diplomat and counselor to Louis XV, in the dynamic Sentier neighborhood, The Hoxton, Paris exudes a seductive, effortlessly cool quality. It doesn’t follow the overly romantic or bourgeois script of so many other hotels in Paris. Instead, it curates a character-rich style that’s an erudite interplay of past and present. The history of the building is palpable, but the property still feels youthful and exuberant.
The Hoxton, Paris has mastered the art of communal areas, creating places insouciant Parisians and international visitors desire to spend time. Rather than entering directly into the reception, guests step into the lobby/café complete with a soaring glass atrium ceiling that streams in natural light, lots of lush plants, and a magnificent 300-year-old spiral staircase. The front courtyard is a lively spot to have a drink or catch up with friends. While the atmospheric back courtyard emits a more relaxed vibe with lounge seating, yuzu plants, and a pétanque court.
The chic all-day restaurant Rivié captures the essence of a classic French brasserie but does so in a modern way. Menu highlights include sesame tuna carpaccio and Moules frites with XO sauce. Planche is a cozy wine bar that pours biodynamic and organic vin from around the world and plates Spanish tapas like pan con tomate and charcuterie. The walls at Jacques’ Bar are plastered with floral wallpaper that looks like it could just as easily be fabric wrapped around some lithe model on the catwalk at Paris Fashion Week. Wood paneling and curved velvet couches and poufs in tones of golden mustard and pink infuse even more dimension into the intimate space.
When it’s time to call it a night, a comfy chamber awaits. Rooms, which range in size from Shoebox to Biggy, honor significant periods in Parisian history through the meshing of reclaimed oak chevron floors, decorative cornicing, mid-century light fixtures, and contemporary tiled bathrooms. There are also unique rooftop digs with spiral staircases and sun terraces overlooking the central courtyard.
- Location: Paris, France
- Stars: Four-star
- The Vibe: Hip meets historic in an 18th-century residence turned vibrant boutique hotel in the 2nd arrondissement.
- Food + Drink: Located on the ground floor and open all day (and night), Rivié puts a deliciously au courant spin on the traditional French brasserie both in terms of the motif and the faintly Asian-influenced menu. Spanish tapas and charcuterie are the perfect complements to the outstanding selection of biodynamic and organic wines at Planche. Jacques’ Bar is a discrete, dashingly well-designed drinking den with an extensive list of creative cocktails.
- Amenities: All-day restaurant; wine bar; cocktail bar; lobby shop; room service; concierge; free bikes; discounted passes to local gyms.
- What’s Nearby: Le Grand Rex, Palais Garnier, Louvre, Palais-Royal Garden, Centre Pompidou.
- Any Personal Neighborhood Recs? Mais oui! Two do the most iconic Parisian department stores, Printemps Haussmann and Galeries Lafayette Haussmann, are just a 15-minute walk. Frenchieopens its doors at 6:30 pm and you’ll notice hungry patrons lining up early to snag a coveted table. (Insider tip: the deviled eggs are truly divine.) Le Compas is the perfect bistro setting for pomme frites, wine by the glass, and people watching.
- Rooms: 172 rooms, varying in size from Shoebox to Biggy. The one-of-a-kind rooftop accommodations are très magnifique.
- Starting Nightly Rate: Rooms start at $299/night
- Closest Airport: Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or Paris Orly Airport
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