Hotel Atala, 10 Rue Chateaubriand, 75008 Paris, France

Price for room:

From £136 a night. Bookable on Sonder* or Booking.com*

Neighbourhood:

Located on a quiet street in the 8th arrondissement, Hotel Atala is close to some of the most celebrated luxury hangouts in Paris.

The designer flagships on Champs-Élysées and Michelin three-star restaurant Pierre Gagnaire are all within a five minute walk.

And for the rest of Paris, you can stroll to the George V metro stop (take Line 1 for the Louvre and Palais-Royal) or Charles de Gaulle-Étoile (direct trains to Sacré-Cœur, Notre-Dame and the catacombs) in less than 10 minutes.

At lunch, there are decent and reasonably priced takeaway spots that are popular with office workers. But for dinner, there’s a dearth of good, affordable options nearby.

Hotel vibe:

This boutique property feels like a smart, modern pied a terre and everything’s decorated to a high standard.

There’s contemporary art in the lobby and lounge that can at times feel loud and brash. But upstairs, the colours in the bedroom are calm and serene.

Without a bar or restaurant, the public spaces are generally quite quiet.

It feels private, too, given that you can order just about everything to your room using Sonder’s dedicated app*.

Amenities:

The gym – equipped with TechnoGym gear – is the main amenity but there’s also a lounge that doubles as a co-working space during the day.

It’s a four-star property, so within the room you have tea and coffee facilities – the coffee pods supplied with the Nespresso machine are excellent.

There are slippers but sadly no fluffy dressing gowns.

Highlights:

Aside from the location, it has to be the views – some of the rooms have views of the Eiffel Tower or the Sacré-Cœur, which you can enjoy from the balcony/terrace.

As it’s a boutique property, it’s not the size of the room that dictates the view or indeed whether or not it has a balcony/terrace so it’s definitely worth inquiring ahead if this matters to you.

If you book directly through Sonder*, it’s easy to make the request via their app.

Low points:

The lack of a restaurant and a good bar in situ feels like a bit of a shame.

As nice as the rooms are, it’s always fun to enjoy an aperitif before heading out for dinner – and while you can do this in the lounge, the drinks options are a little limited.

Anything else:

Hotel Atala would make a great couples’ retreat where all you want to do is hole up in your room and soak up the romance of Paris.

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