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Hôtel Jules et Jim. Photo: Sébastien Veronese

Hôtel Jules et Jim

Hôtel Jules et Jim

Hôtel Jules et Jim

Hôtel Jules et Jim

Hôtel Jules et Jim

Hôtel Jules et Jim

Hôtel Jules et Jim

Address 11 rue des Gravilliers; 75003 Paris
by rue des Vertus
Neighbourhood 3rd Arrondissement – Haut Marais | See on map
Metro Arts et Métiers [M3, M11], Rambuteau‎ [M11]
Telephone + 33 1 44 54 13 13
Website http://www.hoteljulesetjim.com/
https://www.facebook.com/hoteljulesetjim
Price From EUR 200. Breakfast EUR 18.

It may be more Tim & Jim than Jules & Jim staying here, but it’s still a far cry from your usual overpriced boutique number. Set in the Marais, within walking distance of the Centre Pompidou and close to the metro, the layout – split between three buildings with private courtyards between – makes this feel like your own quiet enclave in one of Paris’ gayest and most arty neighbourhoods.

Art plays a big part in the overall concept, too, with guests passing through a tunnel of works before they even get to reception and huge prints in the guest quarters. Don’t fret if fine art usually isn’t your thing – this is much more youthful with monochromatic prints of topless boys and magazine-style shoots. No BUTT mag, but the likes of Manish Arora and Eric Sposito, full of colour and attitude.

As for the 23 rooms, design veers towards the minimalist with glass, concrete and timber surfaces and you can choose from the smaller-sized ‘Jules’, slightly larger ‘Jims’ or the very conceptual Hi-Macs. Not an Apple production (though there are free iPod docks and complimentary Wi-Fi in all rooms), these are cocoon style hideouts where the bed takes centre-stage and the other spaces – bathroom, closet and toilet – are hidden in the corners behind custom modules.

If that’s all too high-tech and you want to unleash your inner showgirl in a Moulin Rouge-style setting, head up to the eighth floor where two charming (if acutely space-conscious) rooms have views right over the city to the Sacre Coeur. Nicole Kidman eat your heart out. There’s also a nod to luxury in the duplex, where two floors include a living room, office space and spare sofa bed.

For company, head down to the outdoor fireplace for pre-dinner cocktails or check out the library bar, stocked with French and English books, that often plays host to DJs and acoustic musical ensembles at night. It’s also where breakfast is served in the morning and you’ll basically have to step out for anything else, although – this being Marais – most things, including The Klay sports club (a steep EUR 45 will get you a day pass), are just around the corner.