For me, Paris is about art, history, design and food. I wanted to find a hotel that encompassed all of this – a boutique hotel that I could love – a new way to see and stay in Paris. With the Paris Air show in town during our stay, all rates were higher than normal (June is already high season so they were higher than that!). I wasn’t able to return to the Paris Westin on points, nor could I afford the rate during our visit. I scoured the internet looking at blogs, reviews, TripAdvisor and every other booking site I could find. I asked friends who live there, friends who visit on a regular basis and also sent a tweet to find help. With so many hotels in the city, I narrowed it down to five small boutique hotels scattered in various neighborhoods in my price range before narrowing it down to two hotels. I chose both (opting to hotel hop) and started our stay at Hotel Atmospheres, a very cool boutique hotel marrying contemporary design, photography and a small number of bedrooms for an intimate hotel stay.
In the 5th arr, a few blocks from the Sorbonne in the Latin Quarter with the Pantheon around the corner and Notre Dame a short walk away, this was a perfectly situated hotel to explore. Even better was that there were many restaurants and cafes in the area with English menus that made my niece feel better as she wanted to be in control to choose her foods. We also had a small market across the street to buy fresh fruit, bottled water, juice, wine, etc. You can walk to the Luxenbourg Gardens in about 15 minutes up the Boulevard St. Michel or alternatively go in the other direction toward Notre Dame. If you didn’t want to walk then the metro line 10 was nearby (stop: Maubert Mutualite). At the metro stop, the fresh market stalls/shops were set up each day – the cheese store, meats, fish, breads, etc. – you didn’t need to travel far to eat amazingly fresh foods.
The 56 room hotel is unassuming outside, just an awning with it’s name, Atmospheres Hotel Paris. The large sliding entry door is the first sign that this is a contemporary hotel that focuses on design. Once inside, this is confirmed as the interior design is just very cool. It looks just like the website so there are no surprises. With the photos of Thierry Des Ouches (warning: his website photos and music are stunning and you will be instantly lulled into wanting to find a French cafe or a ticket to Paris) throughout the lobby and in the rooms which are Paris themed – nature, monuments, by night, urban and macaron. I instantly felt at home here (if only I could replicate the design at home!), it was a happy feeling.
The front desk is just a small area on the left. Check-In was easy and we were given the radio key to the room on the 5th floor.