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Hotel Les Deux Gares, Paris, France
Bringing a welcome splash of colour to a part of Paris traditionally associated with railways - it's located almost equidistant to the Gare du Nord, where the Eurostar arrives, and the Gare de l'Est (the name is taken from the street it's situated on) - this is the fourth Parisian property from French hotelier Adrien Gloaguen, and the first to enlist the services of joyfully maximalist British interior designer Luke Edward Hall. From the bright green walls, electric blue velvet sofas and leopard print tub chairs of the lobby and lounge area, to the more muted, matte dusky pinks, forest greens and sunshine yellows of the 38 bedrooms, this hotel's design aesthetic is at its heart, though not to the detriment of comfort. It features a small gym and sauna in the basement, a simple cafe-style counter area for breakfast, and a sister, all-day cafe across the road which provides traditional French cuisine with a modern twist.
Despite having a somewhat gritty flavour, the neighbourhood feels vibrant and authentic.
Situated between Paris' two main stations, the Canal Saint-Martin is a 10-minute walk. The city's iconic sights can be easily reached by metro.
By plane: Flights from London or Manchester to Paris-CDG take 1 hour 15 minutes and the hotel is 30 minutes' drive away. skyscanner.com
By train: Eurostar from London to Paris Gare du Nord takes 2 hours 20 minutes and the hotel is 5 minutes' walk away. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
Design-lovers and Instagram obsessives will be right at home, but it will also suit those who want the flavour of a traditional French neighbourhood. The audacity of the colours elevates a lovely boutique hotel to a bold one, without feeling alien or out of place.
Service & Facilities
Working out in a gym where you're surrounded by colourful, giant flowers helps make it feel less dull and exhausting.
- Fitness centre
- Free Wi-Fi
There are several different categories, from standard to superior and two suites, but the attic-style rooms under the eaves feel cosiest - while those on the fifth floor all have balconies. There's a real attention to detail and colour; everything has been well thought out, making good use of space.
Standard Room, Superior Room, Triple Room, Superior Suite, Deluxe Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, hairdryer, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
The vibe is traditional and relaxed, with classic rattan chairs, round formica tables and a range of affordable wines by the glass. The menu changes daily, but you might find anything from pork loin with beetroot to baked salmon with courgette.
Café Les Deux Gares: bar and bistro, French cuisine. Open Tue-Sat, 9am-midnight.