Tucked away down an alley away from the hustle & bustle of the 2nd Arrondissement in Paris lies the Hotel des Grands Boulevards. This hotel combines an 18th-century Parisian elegance with a touch of avant-garde design.
Grands Boulevards makes its home in a freestanding house, or hôtel particulier, that dates back to the days of the French Revolution. It’s a rarity in this busy corner of Paris, and it’s hidden from the street, accessible only via a concealed passageway.
The hotel features 50 custom designed rooms which were recently renovated to help bring them back into the modern era. Designer Dorothée Meilichzon took her cues from the building’s history, weaving both the Louis XVI splendour and a simple peasant aesthetic of Revolutionary France, with her trademark retro touches. This has resulted in elegant canopy beds, rustic wooden stools and nightstands along with bevelled brass mirrors and curved velvet headboards in a vibrant inky palette that provide a nod to the hotels classical past.
While many Parisian hotels make do with a little breakfast nook, this one splashes out on a restaurant and a buzzing bar with a terrace and a view. You'll find the Grand Restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel whose menu, conceived in collaboration with Giovanni Passerini - the beloved chef of the new Parisian gastronomic scene - revisits the great classics of French-Italian country cooking.
The hotel is located in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris (which is in the very center of the city). This suburb has many noteworthy attractions that most tourists never see, including an intact medieval tower that was once the site of a brutal royal assassination, one of the best permanent street markets in the city, glamorous old covered passageways and edgy boutiques from both established and blossoming new designers.
The easiest way to get to the Hotel des Grands Boulevards is to take line 3 or 4 on the Paris metro to the Grands Boulevards, or Bourse station. From there it's only a short walk to the hotel along the main street. The Metro will give you easy access to almost every other corner of Paris and it is easily the cheapest way to navigate all the sights of the French capital.
The nearest airport is Charles de Gaulle Airport. This is a major international hub and provides connections to most cities in Europe. If you are arriving by train, the nearest major train station is Gare du Nord. This has regular services via the Eurostar to London and most of the other French cities.
Address: 17 boulevard Poissonniere, 75002 Paris, FranceView larger map