Hotel Parister

Near Montmartre, Paris, France Book from Book from £218 per night

Friendly designer hotel in Paris's vibrant 9th arrondissement, with a glamorous yet contemporary Mad Men feel
Is that a young Don Draper, ordering Icelandic gin with yuzu powder at the Parister bar? You would be forgiven for thinking so; this is where his 21st-century avatar would sling back drinks. The Parister has taken mid-century modern and given it a contemporary twist. The result is a hotel that is both welcoming and cool, eco-friendly and high tech, playful and classy. Take the décor of the lobby: faux cinderblock walls mix with warm walnut panelling and delicately molded ceilings. Check out the bookshelves: a Caravaggio catalogue sits cheek-by-jowl with 75 Years of DC Comics.

Parister’s neighborhood is equally eclectic. Slightly north of the tourist stomping ground, Faubourg Montmartre is the real Paris, full of fledgling restaurants, specialty food stores, bijou boutiques... and slightly more wicked treats. (The back door to the Folies Bergère is across the street.) Exhausted by all that energy? Then retreat to the Parister for a signature cocktail, classic French meal or a refreshing dip in its indoor pool. Did we mention the 45 rooms? They’re utterly sumptuous and blessedly noise-proof.

Highs

  • Elegant urban design and a green feel thanks to an interior courtyard, terrace innovative vertical plantings and lush mini-gardens throughout the lobby
  • On-site spa with indoor lap pool, gym, massages and hammam
  • Top comfort: 45 rooms with luxurious beds and spotless bathrooms
  • Friendly, attentive service (in English, too!)
  • Easy to get around the city, with a metro stop 200m from the door

Lows

  • A grittier neighborhood off the beaten tourist track - a plus for many
  • The cocktail bar and restaurant are closed Monday-Wednesday
  • The spa/gym/pool area shares the main elevator with regular (and fully clothed) hotel guests - though you could always take the stairs
  • Rooms come with old-fashioned keys; don’t forget to lock your door behind you

Best time to go

Is there ever a bad time to be in Paris? Parister is a good choice year-round. In winter: comfy bedrooms, velvet couches and an indoor pool/hammam. In summer: large windows, terraces and a pleasant courtyard with an urban garden and outdoor seating.

Our top tips

We love the rue des Martyrs, a lively, local shopping street that starts a few blocks from the hotel and stretches all the way up to the base of Montmartre. Lined with specialty food shops and only-in-Paris boutiques, you could spend a few hours wandering, then reward yourself with a meal in one of its unpretentious bistrots. Raining? Then snake your way through Paris’s passages couverts, a sequence of charming, 18th–century, glass-roofed shopping galleries, crammed with cafés and quizzical boutiques.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Foodie
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 45
  • Restaurant and bar open Thurs-Sun
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Laundry service
Room:

Rooms

The Parister has 7 categories of rooms from compact to copious. We stayed in a Junior Suite with a queensized bed, sofa bed and coffee nook; the gorgeous Duplex Suites come with a hammam, sauna or private terrace. We recommend rooms that look onto the central courtyard - windows are larger and offer a prettier view.

Regardless, you should sleep effortlessly. Rooms are noise-proof (no small feat in Paris) and beds are built like a dream: thick mattresses, crisp linens and a plethora of pillows lining clever, custom-made headboards. Walls are calm and soothing - except for one accent wall in glorious gold leaf. Pretty ceiling moldings add a touch of old-world elegance. There are treats for technophiles too: a Marshall sound system, flatscreen TV, Nespresso maker and Handy smartphone, which you can borrow for your Paris wanderings.

Bathrooms are spotless and serene with molten-glass tiles in celadon-green. You’ll find rain showers, Zenology toiletries, and the plushest towels and bathrobes we’ve ever seen.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Parister offers a great buffet breakfast in its airy restaurant. Along with fresh-pressed juices, yogurts, fruits and cereals, pile your plate with smoked salmon, cold meats, and fragrant French cheeses. The breads are irresistible, from crusty baguettes to whole-grain loaves and flaky croissants. Feeling virtuous? Order up a soft-boiled egg, cooked to 6-minute perfection. The coffee is strong and the service impeccable.

Though most guests will want to explore the local restaurant scene -
Faubourg Montmartre is where many chefs come to open their first, more experimental restaurants - Parister offers a lunch and dinner menu Thursday-Saturdays, and brunch on Sundays. It focuses on cold dishes - foie gras, smoked fish, ceviche and salads - as well as simple but elegant mains. But it’s during cocktail hour that Parister really shines. Xavier, the gregarious bartender, presides over his brass-topped bar with infectious enthusiasm, presenting a mouth-watering list of Cocktails Maison. When he urges you to try a French whisky, don’t wrinkle your nose. Just say, 'Oui.'

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Wander down the Marché Cadet or up the vibrant rue des Martyrs, packed with specialty food shops, restaurants and small boutiques
  • Hit les grands magasins, Paris’s extravagant department stores; you’re a few boulevards away from both Printemps and the Galleries Lafayette
  • Hop onto the metro at the end of the street; it’s a short trip to Paris's world-famous museums and art galleries
  • Need to unwind? Head to the hotel's fitness centre and spa. Book a session with a trainer at Parister’s gym, take a dip in the pool, indulge in a massage or relax in the hammam

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Historical sites
  • Language courses
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Private guided tours
  • Shopping / markets
  • Well being

Kids

Despite its elegant atmosphere, Parister is a good place for families. The service is warm and friendly, particularly by French standards. As for rooms, comfortable fold-out sofas and larger suites can accommodate families. Buffet breakfasts are child-friendly (think hot chocolate and buttery croissants). And what kid doesn’t want to splash in an indoor pool after a day of sight-seeing?

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

If you’re travelling with 1 child or 2 enfants sages that get along amicably, you could squeeze into a Junior Suite: only one room, but 2 beds (one queen and one queensized sofabed). Need more space? There are 3 Duplex Suites: one with private sauna, one with private hammam and one with an outdoor terrace.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots and bedding
  • Bottle warming
  • High chairs
  • Pushchair
  • Kids' books and toys

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Kids menus available all day

Kids Activities on site:

  • The hotel can arrange yoga/boxing/running sports packages for families on request, see Rates

    Kids Activities nearby:

    • Park Montholon with playground (0.5km)
    • Grévin Museum (0.6km)
    • City of Science and Industry (4.5km)
    • Eiffel Tower (6km)

    Families Should Know:

    Rue Lafayette is a busy street

Distances:

  • Airport: 45 minutes (40km, Charles de Gaulle)
  • Hospital: 7 minutes (by car)
  • Shops: 5 minutes
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
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Food
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Service
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Value
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