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Hotel Jules & Jim
11 Rue des Gravilliers
| +33 1 44 54 13 13
Photo courtesy of Hotel Jules & Jim
Hotel Jules & JimAmong 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.
over 4 years ago
Hotel Jules & Jim
Months before it welcomed its first guest, the Jules et Jim Hotel (whose name is a nod to the 1962 Truffaut film) had already positioned itself as a right-bank destination for night owls. Amid the mess of the hotel's construction, locals were invited to throw back a few cocktails at the bar, tour the grounds and enjoy screenings of old movies - a deft marketing tactic that reflected the owner's vision of a space that would encompass more than upmarket design rooms. Open since last Christmas, the northern Marais hotel brings in locals and out-of-towners alike with regularly rotating photo exhibits organized in collaboration with local galleries and its intimate bar housed in a former metal foundry which boasts a meticulous selection of wines and cocktails. A number of other attributes make it a standout, to wit: 13 out of 23 rooms feature back-lit cocoons constructed from Hi-Macs, a durable resin and mineral blend, that shelter beds; a library of over 150 works in French and English for insomniacs; late check-in/check-out and breakfast; stellar views of the Sacré Coeur and Marais from 8th floor rooms; and a quiet location only a short walk from the City Hall, Centre Pompidou and the Marché des Enfants Rouges.