5 reasons why you should stay at Hotel Rochechouart on your next trip to Paris
Located at the foot of Montmartre you will find an Art Deco gem from 1929 that has been carefully renovated into what it is today Hotel Rochechouart. The boutique property opened in fall 2020, shortly after France began welcoming foreign visitors back following border closures due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. and is the flagship property of the brand new Hotels in Orso group. Founded by Anouk and Louis Solanet, the couple have created a collection of intimate hotels that showcase the art of hospitality. And for their very first project, it’s no surprise that their labor of love is on full display. Below is an overview of Hotel Rochechouart and five reasons why you should stay there on your next vacation to Paris.
1. Incredible Design
To restore this Art Deco gem from the late 1920s, the Solanets called on Festen Architecture. Led by Charlotte de Tonnac and Hugo Sauzay, the duo researched the building’s history extensively and studied the patrons who dined and partied at the establishment during its heyday. The result: a hotel that reflects its era, but with just enough contemporary touches and restraint from Festen to appeal to the modern-day traveler while dodging the kitsch label. Throughout the property, you’ll find special touches like the restaurant’s mosaic floor; ornate crown moldings; vases of dried flowers; and a period glazed elevator. In the bedrooms, wooden headboards, vintage-style feather beds, and brass-covered lamps further emphasize the contrast between old and new.
2. Excellent location
Located at the junction of the 9th and 18th arrondissements, north of the Hotel Rochechouart, you have Montmartre where you will find the Sacré-Couer, a Roman Catholic church which sits on the highest hill in Paris, and restaurants which, according to many, are some of the best in town. Just below is the trendy Pigalle district, full of bars, cafes, boutiques, the famous Moulin Rouge and the shopping-lined Rue des Martyrs. In addition, if you leave Paris by train to explore another corner of France or to another country, Gare du Nord is less than 10 minutes by car or 15 minutes on foot.
3. Rooftop bar with beautiful views
In a city like Paris where a particularly iconic monument rises high, a magnificent view goes a long way and Hotel Rochechouart delivers. In its rooftop bar, you will have a panoramic view not only of the Eiffel Tower, but also of the Sacré-Coeur. Whether you come for an afternoon drink or an aperitif, soak up the splendid views and enjoy the garden atmosphere thanks to all the potted herbs that are scattered throughout the space.
4. A restaurant worth visiting
More often than not, hotel restaurants are for convenience rather than a place where you in fact fancy dinner, but the Rochechouart restaurant defies the norm. The brasserie-style restaurant is reminiscent of 1930s Paris with its cloth-covered tables, sexy music, and a friendly atmosphere that attracts hotel guests and locals alike. The menu leans on the more traditional side and you’ll find many of your French favorites like pâté, beef tartare, roast chicken and plenty of Comté to finish off the meal.
5. An affordable price
The average starting fare is just under $200, but if you visit in low season you might be able to score something around the $150 mark. Although some accommodations are smaller, these are well-appointed rooms with luxurious details like marble sinks and comfortable beds to ensure a good night’s rest.
More hotels in Orso
In addition to the Hotel Rochechouart, Orso Hotels currently has five other establishments under its aegis spread across the city. If you’re looking to be near some of Paris’ famous landmarks, there’s Hotel Doisy in the 17th a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élysées while Hotel Leopold in the 14th is a stone’s throw from the Jardin du Luxembourg. For those who want to be in the heart of Montparnasse, there is Hotel Cabinbut if you want something a little more hidden, Hotel Friend and Wallace Hotel in the less crowded 15th might just be the perfect fit and offer incredible amenities like a secret patio and Nordic sauna, respectively.
Getting to Paris
In the summer of 2019, The company began flying new Airbus A321 neo aircraft between Newark and Paris that not only consumed 30% less fuel than their previous aircraft, but also offered a superior level of service. Finally, the business-class-only airline finally offered flat seats and in-flight entertainment on mounted screens, a significant improvement over their old angled beds and shelves. Plus, fares are typically only a fraction of what other major airlines charge for a similar experience, meaning you can save more on your flight without having to sacrifice comfort. Talk about a win-win.