Hotel Review: 18th Century Chic at Hotel des Grands Boulevards

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Through a wrought-iron gate and down a small tree-lined alley, you’ll discover Hôtel des Grand Boulevards. What used to be a grand hôtel particulier in the 1700’s is now a stylish 50-room boutique hotel that’s equal parts regal, romantic and relaxing. It has all the dreamy design you would expect from designer Dorothée Meilichzon; she’s preserved the building’s history in an artful and elegant way, referencing Pre-French Revolution era opulence with provincial elements in one of the liveliest districts of Paris. Just 30 meters from the bustling metro, I stepped into a secluded slice of design heaven and had an amazing time.

Disclaimer: my trip to Hôtel des Grands Boulevards was part of a collaboration for this blog; all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Parisian Eaves / Junior Suite / #406 🗝

Sloped angles, soaring ceilings, rich textures, relaxing hues

A friendly girl down at reception leaned in and said, “That is one of my favorite rooms. You’ll see why.” As soon as I got up to my room, I quickly understood what she meant. The bliss of this hotel lives largely in the beautiful bedrooms themselves. Spacious in size by Parisian standards (32m²), I was instantly drawn into the place that felt like a reimagining of Marie Antoinette’s boudoir. The designer’s nod to the era’s opulence (red marble à la Louis XVI, plush velvet) merges perfectly with elegant minimalism (brass accents, modern lighting fixtures, worn wood side tables). I was in love and didn’t know if I wanted to sink into the bed or people watch on the terrace.

Ohhh the bed. At the focal point of the room, the Baldachin canopy frames the bed (hand-made in Brittany) perfectly. Think relaxing jewel tones, exposed wooden beams, premium linens. The afternoon sunlight flooded into the room and accentuated the beautiful hues and delectable details.

Hotel Room Amenities

  • Sjostrand espresso makers w/ organic coffee
  • Mirror flat-screen HDTVs
  • Safes
  • Revo radios look vintage (bluetooth)
  • Housekeeping and turndown service
  • Wi-Fi
  • Rotary-style phones can be used for free calls (VoiP)

The Eaves Terrace

Pretty privacy high above the city’s rooftops, views into the glass atrium below,

As if the beautiful room wasn’t already enough, my heart jumped at the site of the double doors leading to our own private terrace. In the Paris hotel-scape, I can’t tell you how swoon-worthy that is. With iconic views of Paris rooftops and a view down into the glass atrium of the hotel restaurant, I enjoyed lounging outside with my coffee in the morning and taking in the rare October sunny days. I would highly recommend the Eaves room for a longer Paris stay as it gives you a more homey feel and spacious experience for your French capital city trip.

The Bathroom

Art deco-style mirrors, brass accents, premium products, dreamy white tile

  • Waffle robes
  • Slippers
  • Up-scale toiletries (Paris-based Codage and Malin+Goetz lotion)
  • Old-fashion weigh scale

The Shell Cocktail Bar 🍸

Carmine red, pinks, and blues, velvet chairs, 12-seat bar

It only makes sense the people behind Experimental Cocktail Club group would bring their drink expertise to this design hotel. Master mixologists there created the menu at The Shell and it shows. Fun fact: the bar was named after Marie Antoinette’s favorite shape and popular decorative motif from the 1700’s. The bar feels wonderfully speakeasy, moody and intimate thanks to the romantic design. I ordered an Old Cuban cocktail that was made to perfection at the bar.

The Restaurant

Herringbone parquet flooring, 1930’s style windows, loads of natural light, banquettes

The restaurant is the heart of the property once you walk through the dimly lit hallway. The retractable roof atrium is a special touch here and the semi-open kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, dinner. Continental buffet (€22 a person) includes freshly squeezed juices, pastries, cakes, eggs and more. The French-Italian menu has been created by Italian chef Giovanni Passerini, an important figure in the Parisian food scene.

The Shed

The hotel also offers a swanky outdoor eden on its rooftops with its bar The Shed. It has a cozy, seating area perfect for laid-back lounging where you can enjoy an impressive cocktail menu and small snacks.

The Verdict

Every design detail at Hôtel des Grands Boulevards was impeccably done and was a treat to see. The ambiance is regally romantic, with any of the stuffiness. Of course the place is amazingly photogenic and I had a fantastic time experiencing it. The best part of Hôtel des Grands Boulevards has to be the prime location that allows for exploring the heart of Paris all while enjoying a secluded haven when you turn down for the night. Get a room with a terrace like Parisian Eaves to feel tranquil and pampered in one of the busiest parts of the city.

Worth mentioning: The service was practically perfect at Hôtel des Grands Boulevards except for lackluster service down in the restaurant for brunch. No gym or spa to speak of.

Hotel Practicals

  • Address: 17 Boulevard Poissonnière, 75002 Paris, France
  • Rooms starting at €166
  • Metro: Grands Boulevards (lines 8 & 9)

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