In 1962, François Truffaut filmed his emotionally turbulent masterpiece Jules et Jim, a film that very much personifies the New Wave of French cinema. It tells a story about decades of a love triangle concerning two friends and an impulsive woman. With its thought-provoking screenplay, even for today’s standards, and with powerful performance by its main star, legendary Jeanne Moreau, Jules et Jim gained not only universal critical acclaim, but a cult status as well. And thanks to Mr. Truffaut’s iconic film, Paris is now richer for one original and very hip boutique hotel. You already guessed, its name is Jules & Jim!
Jeanne Moreau, Henri Serre and Oskar Werner in Jules & Jim
Located in Le Marais, famous artistic quarter full of colorful cafés and shops that are open even on Sunday, one cannot but observe that Jules & Jim found its perfect ground. Nothing is usual in this hotel. Starting with the lobby that also works as a full-fledged photography gallery, up to the ultra-hip bar that once was a silversmith’s atelier. While undoubtedly this is a very modern hotel, the atmosphere inside is inviting and casual, almost home-like, thanks to the immensely pleasant and helpful staff and its futuristic but unobtrusive design.
Hotel Jules & Jim lobby
Jules & Jim comprises three separate buildings, connected by the urban cobblestone courtyard. The complete ground floor has an industrial feel of the metal contrasts with the softer shapes of the vertical planted wall. Here, you may also enjoy in exhibited photography while sitting next to an outdoor fireplace. Our advice is to explore hotel’s great selection of fashion magazines, or just take a look around you and spot some of the models that are regular guests here. The surrounding is very inspiring for all the creative people that like to come here whether they are locals or tourists.
Having a drink at the hotel’s ultra-hip bar should be obligatory, because of the fantastic cocktails, glass floor with a wine-cellar view and one pretty surreal photograph that shows the hotel’s building before the renovation.
The hotel’s 23 rooms are separated into several categories. Jules room is the only single room in the hotel, and it is a perfect for the design-oriented individuals, especially after a night of partying! Largest rooms are six Jim rooms, each different from another. These rooms are the most conventional ones, characterized by minimal design with emphasis on quality materials of solid wood and beautiful lighting. We stayed in one Jim room and thoroughly enjoyed its contemporary style as well as overall atmosphere in the hotel.
Smaller than the previous category, Hi-Macs rooms are Jules & Jim’s most popular option. There are thirteen rooms in this category and it is not surprising that they are almost always fully booked. Its futuristic cocooned design could be the deciding factor for many guests. Usage of high-tech material such as Hi-Macs, a sturdy and visually incomparable molding of stone and resin, proved to be the most successful in the entire hotel and the beautiful cocoon around the bed is really a sight to see.
While not the largest rooms around, the two Sous les toits rooms are certainly the most romantic ones. Situated under the roof of the main building’s eight floor and equipped with a charming balcony, Sous les toits rooms offer the incomparable views over the Le Marais quarter and Montmartre and Sacre Coer respectively.
Sous les toits room
Jules & Jim doesn’t have a presidential suite. The whole concept of this hotel is to offer something unconventional and utterly different. So, if you want to stay in the finest room category, and the largest one in the hotel, you may choose Duplex. The sole room is situated right above the Bar in the original 18th century building. Design-wise, it is close to the aesthetics of the Jim rooms, only with a greater amount of luxury that implies separate living room and a spacious bathroom with both bathtub and shower.
Quite some effort has gone into making Jules&Jim effortlessly cool and it’s great for Le Marais, with its buzzy galleries, boutiques and bars. From the hotel, guests are within walking distance of some of Paris‘ best attractions: Place des Vosges, Maison de Victor Hugo, Pompidou Centre, Musée Picasso…
Address: 11 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 44 54 13 13
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