It’s not often you hear of a new happening neighbourhood in Paris, but one comes along every few years when you’re not looking. You may think of Grands Boulevards merely as the great wide traffic artery where the big department stores are located, but a whole new world is springing up to the east around the city’s latest boutique hotel, Adele & Jules.
Happily, in spite of its designer furnishings and boho ambience, this is a friendly, family-run place rather than a hostelry which is too cool for school. It’s located in the Cite Rougemont, not an actual city but a hidden courtyard a couple of Metro stops east of the department stores off the bustling rue du Faubourg Montmartre.
Rooms – there are 60 of them, although this is such an intimate place it feels like far less – are all understated chic, some with balconies, and all with great bathrooms. Bathrobes, slippers and in-room coffee makers are provided, but this is a place to socialise with other guests in the downstairs lounge.
In this spacious, smart but comfortable multi-purpose space – it also serves as a breakfast room and an honesty bar – afternoon tea is served from 4 to 6pm, when guests from all over the world exchange tips and discoveries.
There are bikes for guests’ use, but you won’t need one to stroll the area, and there are any number of trendy restaurants, including Caffé Stern, Canard et Champagne, Racine and Passage 53 in the nearby Passage des Panoramas.
However, the hotel is just steps away from Chartier, that cheap as chips but nevertheless glorious classic French brasserie – look for the long line outside on the Faubourg, or go late enough and you might beat the queue.
On the other hand, between the generous breakfast served till 11am and a lateish high tea, you could stay at Adele & Jules and get away without having to eat out at all!
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Rooms from €210