Paris’s Hotel Gustave, in the heart of the city, is a luxurious boutique hotel perfect for couples or girlfriend getaways. It is named for Gustave Eiffel, engineer of the famed Eiffel Tower. Rooms are designed in turn of the century style, taking inspiration from the 1889 Industrial Revolution and the spectacular Belle Epoque era in Paris. This was the era of the Universal Exposition when Paris was the greatest city in the world. There are only 32 rooms at this boutique hotel, which offers all the conveniences of modern life while adhering to the elegant late 19th-century design principles.
I recently spent two nights here at the Hotel Gustave in Paris’s 15th arrondissement. It is a chic, modern hotel mere steps from the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Palais, and the Petit Palais, at the intersection of Rue Viala and Rue Saint Charles. It is also a few moments walk to the Dupleix metro station, where you can board a subway to the rest of Paris’s wonderful attractions.
Check in at the Hotel Gustave
The entrance to the Hotel Gustave is a chic black entry on Rue Viala. Light spills from the large windows at night, while during the day the trendy furnishings fit right in with the vibrant Grenelle neighborhood. The reception at the Hotel Gustave is bright, sleek, and modern. The process during my stay was fast and easy, thanks to the welcoming staff. After just a few moments, I had my room key in hand and was on my way to our third floor room.
The reception desk at the Hotel Gustave is open 24 hours a day, perfect for travellers arriving on a late plane from elsewhere in Europe or on the early flight from the USA. If your room is not ready, they will gladly store your luggage for you until it is.
Rooms at the Hotel Gustave
Our room, which was located on the third floor of the Hotel Gustave, had a partial view of the Eiffel Tower. This is one of their Gustave rooms, which offers guests splendid views of Paris’s most famous landmark. There are four room categories. The smallest is the Classic room, then the Deluxe room, the Family room, and finally the Gustave room. For families, the family room two Classic rooms and is ideal for families with small children.
We had a luxurious queen size bed with crisp white linens and plush pillows. The room also featured a small seating area and big windows. A highlight of the room was the artwork. Above our bed, wrapping from the headboard to the ceiling and then over the bed, was a huge black and white photograph of the underside of the Eiffel Tower.
When lying in the bed, it was almost as if I was lying underneath the structure itself! Many rooms feature this impressive design, although photos vary from room to room. Wrought iron, though, features in each photo. While black and white is the predominant color scheme, each room has pops of colour, from hot pink to dandelion yellow, in flowers, books, and furnishings.
All rooms at the Hotel Gustave have complimentary wifi, a flat screen television, and ample space for your electronics. The toiletries are from Rituals, an eco-friendly company with a wide range of beautiful products. Bathrobes and slippers completed the room’s amenities.
Drinking and Dining at the Hotel Gustave
Breakfast is served daily from 7:30am to 10:30am in the ground floor Scandinavian lounge. The expansive buffet includes not only the typical French pastries and chocolates but also charcuterie, cheese, freshly baked bread, fresh fruits, jams, honey, yogurts, and eggs. Coffee, tea, fresh juice, and hot cocoa are also available.
After breakfast, the Scandinavian lounge transforms into a relaxing coffee bar with complimentary teas and coffees. In the evening, a small honesty bar is available. We opted to dine elsewhere, as there is no restaurant on the property. Paris is full of incredible dining options, though. The concierge will be able to help you reserve a table at one of the many nearby restaurants or recommend a superb experience at one of Paris’s top restaurants.
As a boutique luxury hotel in the heart of Paris, the Hotel Gustave is the perfect place to stay while exploring the City of Light. It’s unique interior design, approach to modern hospitality, and location make it an ideal base. Whether it’s your first trip to Paris or your twentieth, let the Hotel Gustave and its welcoming staff make sure your vacation is a success. I recommend this hotel for couples or friends visiting Paris!
For more information:
34 Rue Viala,
T: +33 1 40 58 11 66
I was a guest at the Hotel Gustave but as always opinions are my own.