Hotel Paradis Paris
41 Rue des Petites Écuries
| +33 1 45 23 08 22
Photo courtesy of Hotel Paradis
Hotel ParadisFor his first hotel, Adrien Gloaguen set his sights on netting the more stylish species of Eurostar traveler with the 2012 transformation of what had been one of many banal establishments built in the 19th and 20th centuries to catch the flood of train arrivals at the Gare du Nord. Gloaguen signed on Dorothée Meilichzon, the thirtysomething designer behind the neighborhood’s vegan-friendly Café Pinson, to create a hybrid modern-retro hotel using repurposed Vuitton trunks, industrial ironwork, painted glass fonts, mid 20th-century Scandinavian furniture, wallpaper hand-painted with storks or birds of paradise, cleverly placed mirrors and marble desks.
The rooms may feel small by American standards, but the large lobby doubles as a convivial workspace and library. Two metro stops are within a five-minute walk, and the Palais Garnier and Grand Boulevards department stores (such as Galeries Lafayette) are 20 minutes away on foot.