In this post, we’re going to Paris, to the 2nd arrondissement where The Hoxton, Paris has transformed an 18th century residence into a design-driven 172-bedroom hotel, and a spot that is among locals considered the most happening hangout in town. I feel obliged to hereby include a disclaimer: I do work for The Hoxton so opinions may be slightly biased, but let it be known, The Hoxton, Paris is a real BEAUTY. Truth is, I’ve never really felt a lot for Paris until recently when I’ve been spending more time in and around The Hoxton’s neighbourhoods. My last visit was in college when I stayed in a strange hotel surrounded only by wig shops and it put me off for ages. That’s the thing with Paris, if you’re in the wrong area, you feel none of the feels. An easy walk from Le Marais, Le Louvre, and the bohemian Canal St Martin area, The Hoxton, Paris puts you right where you want to be and is a perfect base for a stay in the city — just 15 minutes walk from Gare Du Nord too, it couldn’t be more convenient if you’re arriving on the Eurostar.
Like with the other Hoxton hotels, the lobby is a destination in itself, busy with locals and guests who come here to hangout, have coffee and avocado on toast, set up camp on their laptops, or catch up with friends over cocktails. Plush velvet sofas have tassel trims, mid-century furniture oozes style, floor to ceiling windows look out to the courtyard and fill the space with light, and an 18th century spiral staircase leads up to a quieter mezzanine space. Rivié, the restaurant, serves local dishes and Hoxton comfort food favourites in a buzzy brasserie style setting from morning ‘till night (go for the mushrooms tartine for brekkie, and the ceviche later on). As for drinks, you’ve got the bar at Rivié with its sumptuous velvet bar stools and cosy corner nooks (from the drinks list, I’d order a Hox 007) or, hidden away past the front desk and up a staircase, there’s Jacques’ Bar, an elegant Instagram-friendly cocktail bar with decorative floral wallpaper, blush velvet stools, and an old-school bar that’ll take you back in time. It’s a real gem, don’t overlook a nightcap.
The rooms themselves are spread over 4 floors, each one slightly different in shape, size and colour palette. Bold feature walls in inky blue and deep red contrast to the beautiful parquet floors, monochrome geometric bed linens and metal-structured open wardrobes. The bathrooms are a highlight for me and will make you want to rip out yours at home and recreate these — perfectly done with white subway tiles, patterned floor tiles, vintage lamps, and sleek copper fittings.
The last thing to mention are the breakfast bags — a Hoxton signature, one that always vows to make mornings better. A full breakfast isn’t included in the rate here, instead, you hang the paper bag (that you’ll find on your desk) on the door, and come morning, like magic, it’s filled with OJ, yoghurt granola and a banana. Perfect for breakfast in bed, leaving room for croissant stops when you’re out and about. Talking of the neighbourhood, some of my favourite spots and recommendations are: Popolare (for great Italian food and cool vibes); Sezane (for the chicest fashion and homewares), Pokawa (for fresh and healthy poke bowls) and L'éclair de Génie (for Paris’ best eclairs!).
THE HOXTON PARIS, ROOMS FROM €99