Hotel Jules & Jim

11 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris, France

Among the increasingly trendy streets of the Upper Marais, this intimate hotel offers a refreshingly low-key place to unpack. Named for the classic Francois Truffaut film, and set in a former precious metal factory, Jules & Jim has a low-fi artistic bent. The ground-floor lobby and bar—both set off a central, glass-roofed courtyard and garden—feature a rotating collection of works by local painters, photographers, and graphic artists, as well as residential-style seating and bookshelves lined with bric-a-brac. Spread over three structures, the 23 rooms range in size; the “Jules” options in the main building are the smallest and best for solo travelers, while the “Hi-Macs,” “Sous Les Toits,” and “Duplex” accommodations work better for two guests or longer stays. Some categories include perks like terraces, sofa-beds, Nespresso machines, and views of Montmarte, but all come with Bluetooth sound systems, free Wi-Fi, rainfall showers, and access to 24-hour room service (note that there are no mini-bars or fridges).

Amenities like the intimate bar (which spills out into the garden), art exhibits, and a regular calendar of events—from DJs and screenings to holiday parties—draw neighborhood residents as well as hotel guests. Those looking to explore Paris in style can reserve the hotel’s private 1961 Citroen DS, or book a cruise on the Seine in a vintage, Venetian-style water taxi. Also available through the hotel are day passes to a nearby gym, and food- and art-themed walking tours of the Marais.

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