Hôtel Original Paris
8, Boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris, France star
Doubles from: $136
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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
Talk about an Original option! Situated about a one-minute walk from the Place de la Bastille, the two-star Hotel Original Paris (formerly the Hotel Lyon-Mulhouse) has been completely renovated and reconceived as a boutique hotel. The aptly-named Original dishes up funky, fabulous rooms fashioned by designer Stella Cadente, with new rates that will unfortunately be out of most Cheapo's reach.
Pros: Wild, boutique décor. High-end amenities. Cool Bastille location.
Cons: No longer “Cheapo friendly.” Rooms can be tight.
The 38 rooms at the Original are just that, each conceived as its own art installation, with all the quirk and fancy of an adult version of “Alice in Wonderland.” Stella Cadente, the hotel’s designer, clearly had fun unleashing her creativity on each room.
Some rooms brood with dark colors, metallic glazes, and (faux) animal pelts. Meanwhile, others pop with bright splashes, gold walls (even in some bathrooms!), and no shortage of wild decorative surprises (yes, that’s a high heel on the wall).
Furnishings are rather deluxe. Fanciful beds, flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations, designer books... all of these are great, although the extras do have a way of filling up the rooms. Double window panes keep most street racket out of the room. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi.
Many of the bathrooms, however, are anything but cramped. Vanities glow (both because they’re clean and because they’re literally spotlit) and showers are glassy and spacious. The Original Hotel provides eco-friendly bath products, along with plush bathrobes.
Several rooms are equipped with gorgeous bathtubs. We should note, however, that these tubs are situated rather provocatively in the middle of the bedroom. (While this could be good for couples, it could be downright awkward among friends!)
Downstairs, the Original Hotel’s lobby, breakfast nook and bar are, unsurprisingly, sleek affairs, with moody blue hues, and lighting installations that spill forth glowing fiber-optic tentacles. Hang out for too long in the hotel’s well-stocked bar and you might just start thinking you’re at a club.
The hotel offers an organic breakfast for €12. The multilingual staff struck us as very friendly.
In all, the Hotel Original offers something unconventional and appealing to those able to shell out the euros. We’re always sorry, however, to see a budget hotel like the Lyon Mulhouse disappear. At least this one was replaced with something Original.
The hotel’s location, situated around the ever-spinning Place de la Bastille, is a fabulous place to call home. Home to a delightful food market on Sundays, the modern Opera house right on the square, and the trendy Marais district just a short walk away, there’s little to complain about in terms of location.
We just hope you have some money left over to enjoy the many cafés and restaurants in the area.
Metro: To get to the Hotel Original, the Metro stop Bastille is your best bet, serviced conveniently by lines 1, 5, 8. There are a lot of exits at Place de la Bastille, look for the exit called “Blvd Beaumarchais” to avoid dragging your luggage all around the square.
Charles de Gaulle airport: The RER B will take you to to Gare du Nord which connects to the metro line 5.
Orly airport: Take the RER B to Chatelet and switch to metro line 1 towards Bastille station.
Reviewed by: Bryan Pirolli, EuroCheapo Staff Writer
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Breakfast Extra Charge
- Concierge/Booking Services
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Fax Machine
- Historic building
- Luggage Storage
- Non-Smoking Hotel
- Pet Friendly
- Reception: 24-Hour
- Room Service
- Safe at reception
- Shuttle service
- Tourist information
- Wi-Fi Connection
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Air conditioning
- Alarm Clock
- Bathroom: Private
- Bathtubs Available
- Cable TV
- Hair Dryer
- Internet Access
- Rooms with view
- Soundproofed Windows
- TV – flat screen
8, Boulevard Beaumarchais
Bastille, Paris, France
About the Hôtel Original Paris neighborhood
The Bastille, often overlooked by tourists, is located just east of the Marais in the 11th arrondissement. The neighborhood is centered around the Place de la Bastille, once home to the infamous Bastille prison, and today home to shops, trendy bars and a strikingly modern opera house. Hotels around the Bastille are easily accessed by public transportation and within walking distance of central Paris.