REGION : Paris 2nd arrondissement
ATMOSPHERE : City
STYLE : (Very) Hot spot
CATEGORY : 4*
ROOMS : 49 rooms and suites
A box of chocolate and a bottle of wine
Tired of overly gentrified addresses? Museum districts where everything is fixed in place? Lace up your latest kicks and roam over between Sentier les Halles and Montorgueil, in Paris’ 2nd arrondissement, a techno-fashionable hipster quarter in the heart of the city of light. Here, slip away from the pedestrian bustle of rue Montorgueil, its bars and trendy shops, to rue Bachaumont and the 4* hotel of the same name, originally belonging to the 18th century gossip writer.
A CENTURY AGO, before the Halles moved to Rungis, number 18 was already home to the Grand Hôtel de Bachaumont. At the time, the address was a clinic. In a happy return to its roots, it has been treating its visitors for several years now with cutting-edge cocktails and top-notch dishes. The premises, redesigned by the architect Dorothée Meilichzon, are in the neo-Art Deco style with autumnal colors, graphic effects, eclectic elements, and wow details. The building houses a bar, a wine bar, and a restaurant on the ground floor.
ON THE UPPER FLOORS, THE 49 intimate BEDROOMS are divided into 5 categories, from 17 m2 to 50 m2, following the same mixed chic theme. Between blues, greens and greys, vintage furniture, designer pieces and retro bathrooms outfit each chamber. On the top floor, four suites (Bachaumont, Montorgueil, Montmartre, and Louvre) with a view of the roofs of Paris or the glass roof complete the collection. Don’t waste your time looking for a faux pas of taste, everything is well thought out and gorgeously presented. Like a beautiful gray cashmere sweater, it is always a safe bet and refuge for keen travelers.
BAR – A speakeasy spirit and hushed decor enliven the Bar Chaumont. You can order mature cheese, smoked salmon, and other well-calibrated tapas with a house cocktail.
COMPTOIR – Very Parisian, a little Roman, this marbled Comptoir is discovered around a lemon cake, a madeleine with honey, or a glass of wine.
RESTAURANT – In a decor that is more trendy than luxurious, you can nibble on modern dishes such as burnt leek, mimosa egg and bottarga, scallop carpaccio with clementine and juniper, coral lentil dhal with coconut and citron, beef rib steak to share, corn and chocolate tacos… It’s all delicious fun.