First impressions are strong in this new hotel thanks to its privileged location in the 16e arrondissement, a bourgeois district in the south-west of Paris known for its wide boulevards, its green parks and its 19e Haussmannian buildings of the century. When you look down the street, the Eiffel Tower is straight ahead.
Formerly an electricity factory, the 1930s facade now houses a seven-story hotel designed by architect and decorator Jean-Philippe Nuel. It paid homage to its industrial roots while keeping it bright with Le Corbusier-style block shapes and a warm color palette of oranges and reds.
The open-plan lobby is well-designed with a range of seating areas for relaxing, working, or dining – as well as a small reception desk manned by two friendly staff. The main restaurant, bar, and lounge sit straight ahead, with a glass roof over the head, and are cleverly partitioned off with shelf-style screens. It’s a great use of space and great for coworking or informal dining.
Check-in was quick and easy, and our room was ready before the 3pm check-in time. Guests are required to present a ‘sanitary passport’ (vaccination passport) – French authorities require citizens and international travelers to hold a vaccination passport to access tourist attractions and hospitality services. You can also show your NHS Covid pass or negative PCR test in digital or paper format.
Other Covid-19 protocols include face masks, hand sanitizing stations, and Clean Stay seals on hotel room doors – this shows the room has not been disturbed since housekeeping. For more information on this, see our Stay Safe feature.
Elevators to rooms require a key card. Hallways have turquoise walls, block shapes, and matching rugs, and huge windows offer views of Paris and a living wall on one of the hotel’s facades.