Hotel Jules & Jim – the straight-friendly gay hotel in the Marais, a few streets north of the Centre Pompidou: you get modern art, fashion and plenty of cafés right on the doorstep. Named after Truffaut’s film about a tragic love triangle, I guess this is what happens if you take Jeanne Moreau out of the quotation. She was probably trouble anyway.
Natural materials, stylish design and sleek modernity are beautifully juxtaposed with history. This soothing boutique hotel is comprised of 23 rooms divided over series of small buildings, life centres round a charming paved courtyard with a planted wall, real outdoor fireplace and the bar in a converted silversmith’s workshop. Sounds quaint, true, but in that sophisticated French way of doing quaint – a quaint-luxe, if you like.
Right now the reception hall is host to a large Advent calendar made by paper artist Mathilde Nivet, who has also made her extraordinary pieces for Chanel, Vuitton, Hermes and Bulgari.
The Advent calendar is chock-full of gifts from the hotel’s brandpartners and friends, such as Kusmi Tea boxes, Moët & Chandon champagne, books from Taschen and similar killer presses. Mmm yes please!
Wouldn’t you like to have a chance to get one? Head to the bar every day from 6 – 11pm till the 25th December. Even if you don’t win, Nivet’s sweetly nostalgic art will make you feel all gooey and Christmassy.
Hotel Jules & Jim
11 Rue des Gravilliers
75 003 Paris
+33 1 44 54 13 13
Words by Anna Bang
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