|Address||Rue Malher 2; 75004 Paris
by rue Roi de Sicile
|Neighbourhood||4th Arrondissement – Marais | See on map|
|Metro||Saint Paul |
|Telephone||+33 1 42 72 76 17|
|Price||From EUR 126 (advance booking rate). Wi-Fi included.|
You can’t get much better placed than in one of the 29 rooms at this indie boutique number, a dolled up (and priced-up) reincarnation of the former Le Sevigne Hotel. Located in lower Marais, in the heart of the Jewish district and right across from the St Paul metro stop, Hotel Emile is within spitting distance of gay bars, hot restaurants and shops like the trend-setting menswear emporium L’Eclaireur.
Rooms are simple but chic – decorative touches include snazzy graphic wallpapers and bathroom wall tiles that echo the beveled version found in the Metro – and wrap-around balconies mean that most open up right out over the scenic neighbourhood. Bashful sharers, however, might be less enthused about the lack of privacy offered by the transparent glass partitions separating beds from showers.
Sizes range from singles to suites with some different doubles in between, though none are staggeringly spacious – the open skies from ‘top floor’ rooms at least give the illusion of space (just be aware of the slanted attic ceilings if you run tall). However, there’s free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, flat screens and unlimited international calls for a euro a day, so if you are disappointed with anything, you can always call home and bitch about it for as long as you want.
A basic breakfast (OJ, coffee and a croissant) is available for a fiver and served by the counter in the lobby – Emile’s only communal space – but if you’re hungry for more, simply venture out. Rue Rosiers around the corner has some legendary falafel places and there’s plenty of other options in the immediate vicinity.