Collection by Jaime Gillin

Hotel Jules, Paris

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One of my favorite discoveries on my trip to Paris earlier this year was the Hotel Jules, a chic and relatively affordable 100-room hotel on Rue La Fayette in the 9th arrondissement—walkable to Montmartre, to the Opera Garnier, to the Champs-Elysées, and to Paris' famous department stores. According to Grace Leo, chairman and C.E.O. of G.L.A Hotels (which operates and manages the Jules): "I wished to create a place that was cool, funky, chic and at the same time did not get an 'attitude,' which is the trap so many fashionable hotels can fall into (especially in this city). The added plus was that this area is becoming a real desirable area for Parisians to live in again after several years of being dormant." The place was renovated by French interior designer Tristan Auer, and the style is a deliberate mix of 70's funkiness and 50's and 60's kitsch. I found the hotel exceedingly comfortable, stylish, and down-to-earth, with surprisingly creative design solutions peppered throughout. Click through the slideshow for details!

Hotel Jules is located in a limestone building that dates from 1860.
Rue La Fayette is a quintessentially charming Parisian street, with great cafes and shops nearby.
To give a bit of context, allow me one brief detour down the street from the hotel... to the uber-charming A La Mere de...
Yes, this place is real.
OK, back to the hotel. This was my room, a spacious Deluxe.
Another photo of the room, to give a sense of scale.
Another simple luxury, and a lovely touch: fresh flowers.
The defining feature in the bathroom was this custom black leather mirror, modeled on a vintage traveling set for...
Another clever design move: To create visual interest and texture on the walls in a smart, affordable way, Auer mixed...
I liked this framed graphic print on my wall, a print from the 70's.
The overlapping-decade approach is in full effect in the lobby, where mod wooden tables sculpted from oak, beech, and...
Another view of the lobby, on a rainy night.
Check out the designer sleight-of-hand in the basement breakfast room, a long windowless space with low ceilings and...
The bar off the lobby has some theatrical touches, including a wall of antique glass decanters (sourced from nearby...
The reception desk is built from wood, laminate, and Fornasetti wallpaper, its piled-up boxy shape inspired by...
Across from the reception desk is this computer station, tucked away in a plastic-and-leather pod like some Atomic-era...
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