Rates: from €113 per night
Added extras: free breakfast if you like their Facebook page.
Services: Unlimited wifi and accessible for those with reduced mobility
"With the spirit of a Parisian house, we combine elegance with a cool attitude": there’s no doubt that style is of the utmost importance at the C.O.Q. ("Community of Quality"). Expect Memphis lamps, Zanotta furniture, Farrow & Ball paint on the walls… Designed by Pauline D’Hoop and Delphine Sauvage from Favorite agency, Michel Delloye’s C.O.Q hotel can be truly proud of its trappings.
A cosy hotel made up of 51 contemporary rooms which mix solid wood design furniture with fifties pieces and bric-a-brac; creating an elegant setting in which you’ll feel immediately at home. “We figured that if one of the guests went down in slippers and took a nap in the Winter Garden, we would have succeeded in our aims,” says Delphine Sauvaget. This makes complete sense – the place is warm and without doubt, the massive Danish paintings add to the effect.
While the rooms are cosy and the bathrooms are decked in eye-catching black and white chevrons, it’s the dining room that will really blow your mind. It’s somewhere between a cabinet of curiosities and a Scandinavian living room filled with artefacts: kilim carpets, globes, art books, pharmaceutical jars and insects pinned under glass. Filled with plants and armchairs, the dining room boasts a fireplace, a fine collection of books and a vinyl turntable; making it the perfect place to to snuggle up with a gin as night falls. Don’t forget to bring an American novel to devour by the fire.
The same cosy little corner is just as pleasant when the first rays of sunlight poke through in the morning. Come early to get the best pick of tables and avoid the morning rush, around the Quaderna table by Zanotta or huddled in the corner of a soft sofa. For breakfast, the buffet is the perfect way to start the day: fresh bread, ham sliced on the spot and eggs (well you couldn’t not in a hotel called C.O.Q). It’s the ideal spot to discover the 13th arrondissement, a less touristy area of Paris and a neighbourhood on the up.