“Sleep among corps blancs and other funky artwork at this playful, comfortable hotel in Montparnasse”
The 20 rooms are divided into 3 categories according to their size. This is Paris so don't expect oodles of space (13-18 sq.m), but all rooms have been meticulously thought out, with curtained cupboards and nifty sliding doors. Décor-wise, there are 4 artistic ‘ambiances’ to choose from - Man Ray, Comédienne, Ruhlmann and Parisienne - all of which incorporate Mesnager’s playfully positioned corps blancs.
Classic Rooms are best employed for short stays, due to their diminutive dimensions and lack of bathtubs. During our 2012 revisit, we found ourselves in a Club Room styled to reflect the Man Ray ‘ambiance’. Sheer white blinds and subtle grey walls are punctuated by satin-black curtains and photo frame-like mirrors to create a homage to photography, but also a genuinely cosseting retreat (particularly after a long day on foot). For optimum comfort, book a Superior Room; you’ll get increased square footage, pleasant street views and the added bonus of in-room bathrobes and slippers.
Of the other 3 'ambiances', Ruhlmann harks back to 20s and 30s Art Deco, using café crème colours and an elegant mix of muted metallics and polished wood, warmed by opaque glass uplighters. Comédienne is a fun nod to the actresses of the nearby theatre district Gaîté Montparnasse with plush velvet headboards and sumptuous ruby-red drapes - good for a romantic weekend. Finally, Parisienne is a sophisticated combination of classic and contemporary, with textured wallpaper and rich golden hues. Since an essential part of Parisian life is the shopping, these rooms also have an extra walk-in wardrobe.
Bright, modern bathrooms include porcelain and chrome finishes, fluffy towels, a hairdryer and Pascal Morabito toiletries. All have multi-jet showers, but Club and Superior Rooms also have a bathtub. One of the Superior Rooms is designed for disabled use with a shower but no bathtub.
Queensize duvet-laden beds, efficient double-glazing and the hotel’s quiet side-street location virtually guarantee a good night’s sleep, and for a quintessential view across the Parisian rooftops, request a room on the top floor.
A continental breakfast can be served in your room, but most people head downstairs. Cute tables for 2 are laid in the petit bistrot, with squashy banquette seating. You can also eat in the bibliothèque, with its red velvet Chesterfield, daily newspapers and a range of art books and in the salon home cinéma where you can watch art videos, including one of Jérôme at work.
This is not the cheapest breakfast around, but it's beautifully presented and every ingredient is high-quality: Palais des Thés teas and Illy espressos, freshly pressed juice and cut fruit, warm breads and croissants, and homemade jams. Later in the day (2-6pm), the petit bistrot becomes a decadent tea room serving the incredible macaroons of master patissier Pierre Herme, and a comprehensive room service menu is available in the evening (5pm until 2am).
A word of warning for weight watchers - Montparnasse has a plethora of good restaurants, and is no place for dieters. The reception team has a list of excellent recommendations (all within a 5-minute walk) and are happy to book tables on your behalf. We tried one of the famous big brasseries, La Rotonde, and enjoyed a fabulous meal of beef Carpaccio and crème brûlée amongst the bustling Art Deco surroundings. Le Dôme and La Coupole are also close by and come highly recommended. If you want something a little more low-key, Le Wadja, a small restaurant just across the road from the hotel, serves delicious French fare efficiently and for a reasonable price. Finally, the nearby Le Timbre on rue Sainte Beuve serves great food, but make sure you book ahead as it can only take 24 covers and is popular with the locals.
Babies are welcome, but the hotel is not suitable children over the age of 2.
Babies (0-1 years)
A baby cot can be provided in any room at no extra charge, but we'd recommend opting for a Superior Room for the extra space. It is not possible to add an extra bed for children.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking