|Address||96 Quai de Jemmapes; 75010 Paris
by Pont Tournant
|Neighbourhood||10th Arrondissement – Canal St Martin | See on map|
|Metro||Jacques Bonsergent [M5]|
|Telephone||+33 1 83 62 55 50|
|Price||From EUR 175|
The setting suggests Dutch canalside, the interiors speak of Danish design, the food is all about Japan; and yet this stylish stay has popped up in romantic old Paree. A citizen of the world, Le Citizen is nestled next to a verdant lock on the Canal St Martin.
There are 12 rooms over six floors to choose from, designed by Christophe Delcourt and Stephane Lanchon, all with (at least) double beds, iPads on request, flatscreens and free Wi-Fi. Light woods feature heavily (oh the irony) amongst crisp linens and seamless modular furniture with eco-friendly credits.
Even the smallest room is still light and airy thanks to windows overlooking the water, whilst the larger Zen Suites include a living area and the Citizen Apartments have separate bathrooms and a five metre long banquette for meditative canal musings.
The breakfast room at ground level serves coffee and croissants in the morning (included in the room price, as is the mini bar) before turning into Petit Usagi at lunchtime, courtesy of Shinsuke Kawahara from Marais resto Usagi (see what they did there?). The bento menus attract fans from all over, with veggie, fish or chicken options at around EUR 15 a head. If that doesn’t take your fancy, you can spend the same amount on a morsel of foie gras from the mini-bar too.
Make like Amélie and skim a few stones down the picture perfect before exploring this bobo bourgeois-bohème neighbourhood (Hôtel du Nord is next door) or jumping feet first into the hipster scene right across the canal.