For those looking for something a little less over-the-top and a little easier on the bottom line, Le 10 Bis is an understated chic hideaway in Paris’s 17th arrondissement. Nestled inside a typical Haussmann style block, this boutique hotel delivers contemporary Parisian style alongside the peacefulness of a good residential area just a short walk to the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe.
Before it’s life as a 4-star hotel, “Le 10 Bis” was a place of notorious reputation and the center of ‘exotic nightlife’ in Paris. The former owner was Lucienne Goldfarb, also known as “Katia the Redhead”. The Jewish woman fled to France from Poland in the 1930s and opened a hotel in the chic 17th district of Paris in the late 1950s, making it a place where women of easy virtue could discretely “entertain” their clients.
As the hotel is located at the 10 bis rue du Débarcadère, insiders referred to the location as “Le 10 Bis”. The present owner kept the name for the hotel.
Rooms & Suites
The 21 rooms and 2 suites have been elegantly decorated in a sleek contemporary design with urban chic influences. Considering Parisian standards they all are pretty spacious, with marble, wood, glass or cotton in hues of soft beige, ochre and blue. Rooms have king-size beds, a mini bar, tea and coffee set, a laptop-size safe and a very good soundproofing. The rooms located on the 5th floor even have a typical Haussmann balcony with a view.
Le 10 Bis Lounge
The cozy lounge is the epicenter of Le 10 Bis hotel. Breakfast is served here each day and, like the lounge itself, the buffet is petit yet offers a good selection of croissants and pastries, baguette and other breads, fresh fruits and juices, yogurts and cheese, cold meats and eggs cooked to taste.
You can also come here all day for a cup of tea or coffee snacks such as madeleines. In the evenings, order a glass of red, white or rosé French wine before heading out to one of Paris’s great dining destinations.
During your stay at the four-star Le 10 Bishotel, plan a visit to the nearby Vuitton Foundation and other monuments and museums, that are easily accessible from the hotel.
BeSeeingYou In: Paris
Good to know: Rue Poncelet in the 17th arrondissement is home to one of the most beloved open-air street markets in Paris.
WOW! Factor: One of France’s most renowned chefs, Guy Savoy, lived and worked in the 17th arrondissement for 25 years.
Tip: The area’s Parc Clichy Batignolles Martin Luther King is a 25-acre green space with deckchairs, a play area for children, and water features
Author bio: Annick Dournes & Frederic de Poligny
Photos: ©Frederic de Poligny or ©Annick Dournes