London’s hippest luxury hotel brand has expanded rapidly since their Shoreditch debut in 2006, bringing new doors to the West End, Amsterdam and now Paris, with plans to expand across the ocean with three openings scheduled in North America. Last week we visited the newest Parisian property to see it in action just two months after launching.
Located on the Rue Du Sentier, the Hoxton Paris is set in a desirable location in the 2nd arrondissement just minutes from Le Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries and the Opera district. Like its sister hotels, the entrance conceals its true nature, opening into a bright airy lounge featuring one of the original staircases from its former 18th century residence. It’s only as you venture further in through a winding hallway decorated in hipster prints, that you find the reception.
The hotel houses 172 rooms, each categorised into the Hoxton’s four sizes from a Shoebox to a Biggy. Here they embrace the quirks of the past building with various ceiling heights and views, each featuring chevron timber floors and wooden panelling. The rest of the bedrooms have been curated by Humbert & Poyet, paying homage to mid-20th century Paris with vintage style phones and metal grid partitions that open out onto a geometric bathroom. The French designers were appointed due to their shared value with the Hoxton for discreet luxury, using quality fittings from the country’s top interiors.
Guests will also find more than a bed at the Hoxton, with complimentary ‘la petit breakfast’ bags left like stockings at their door and mini fridge items from the neighbourhood shops with honest pricing. Each room also contains a miniature library picked at random from a donation of 172 Parisians.
Down in the basement you’ll find the hotel’s meeting space – and it’s not as dingy as it sounds. Instead of fluorescent lit rooms you’ll find cosy spaces where small groups can gather round the kitchen table or in front of the fireplace.
For large events, the Hoxton Paris works in collaboration with various venues in the city including the elaborate old stock exchange Palais Brongiart, which offers dramatically decorated rooms for up to 600 delegates. Elsewhere is the Maison de la Mutualite, one of the major landmarks in the Latin Quarter with everything from a legendary theatre to rooftop terrace looking out over Paris.
The rest of the hotel continues to combine its historic past with modern Hoxton brand, collaborating with Soho House in the design of an urban brasserie, lively cocktail bar and various spaces for guests to sit and curl up with a book including two open courtyards and foliage filled conservatories, perfect for summer receptions. The Rivie restaurant serves modern twists on French cuisine and for those who are lucky enough to find it, a speakeasy bar called Jacque’s takes influence from Marrakech, with a creative cocktail menu and local Parisian beers served in an intimate flamboyant room.
Two months in and the Hoxton Paris is bustling; the bar buzzing on a Sunday evening, the restaurant packed with hungry diners and in the morning, a lounge filled with suitcases ready to be unpacked. It’s an exciting addition to the Parisian hotel collection and one we expect to see more of in 2018.