Hotel Providence in Paris, France

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Updated: November 22, 2019

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Review of Hotel Providence in Paris, France.

Hotel Providence – Contemporary comfort and in-room cocktail bars in trendy 10th Arrondissement.

Everything about this stylish abode is effortlessly cool, from the location on a side street near boulevard Saint-Martin to the perfect yet casual pairing of bold patterned wallpaper with hardwood and jewel-toned velvets. You enter the hotel through the bustling café that’s spread out on a cobblestoned sidewalk beneath a wall of climbing foliage. And it only gets more Parisian from here with a lobby in lived-in disarray and dark hallways. The smallish but gorgeous rooms are each unique and have generous tiled bathrooms – in the smaller rooms, these are inside steampunk-style frosted glass units. Each room has a bespoke wooden and marble cocktail bar with everything you need (including instructions) of how to mix your own delightful beverage.

Hotel Providence – Location

  • Address: 90 rue René Boulanger, 10th Arrondissement, Paris.
  • Nearest Metro/Subway: République.
  • Area: Just steps away from the bustling Boulevard Saint-Martin and a 12-minute walk (0.6 mile) to Canal Saint-Martin and all its cafes and shops. The neighborhood is straddled between stylish Haut-Marais and up-and-coming South Pigale.
  • How To Get There: The Paris Metro is the easiest option and there’s plenty to explore nearby on foot.
  • Handy To: Canal St-Martin, Musée des Arts et Métiers, Espace Beaurepaire, Gare du Nord.

Hotel Providence – The Basics

  • Ages: Families with children are welcome but not specifically catered to. The hotel has a grown-up and romantic vibe.
  • View: Over Paris streets; the higher the room the better the view. Some rooms have balconies.
  • Parking: Parking is available in nearby garages for around €35 per day.
  • Extras: Create your own cocktail at well-equipped and beautifully-presented minibars in each room.
  • When To Book: Fashion weeks in February, June, and October are the busiest periods. For other times, a month or two in advance should suffice.
  • Phone: +33 1 4634 3404
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: hotelprovidenceparis.com

Hotel Providence – Amenities

  • For Disabled Guests: There’s 1 room designed with mobility issues in mind on the first floor.
  • For Families: Baby cots are available and babysitting can be arranged, but the hotel is not particularly geared towards families.
  • Activities: The hotel can help arrange just about anything from tours to dry cleaning.
  • Other Facilities: Excellent restaurant and bar popular with local patrons. Personalized iMacs in all rooms.

Hotel Providence – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Lounge at Providence’s outdoor bistro tables or indoors in luxurious armchairs surrounded by luscious colors and textures, and enjoy a meal or aperitif. French and Mediterranean dishes reign from a house-made duck foie gras to truffled risotto with asparagus. The pastries and cakes are out of this world. Open every day for breakfast 7 to 11 am, lunch from noon to 3 pm, and dinner 7 am to midnight. $$.
  • Lounge/Bar: The in-house restaurant doubles as a bar and is open during restaurant hours. You can also make your own cocktails to enjoy in your room.
  • Breakfast: Choose from a French-style buffet at the restaurant for €22, or a lighter set that includes a hot drink, juice, and pastry for €10.
  • Room Service: A decadent room service menu, available around the clock, includes treats like lobster rolls and fresh oysters.

Hotel Providence – Rooms

  • Room Types: La Mini • La Classique • La Supérieure • La Deluxe • La Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is only allowed outside.
  • Best Room: Each room here is unique and personally decorated by the owners by scouring local flea markets and antique shops, so choosing a favorite has a lot to do with personal taste. The Suite is the largest room and has palm leaf wallpaper, the very best views over Sacré Coeur and Montmartre, and a massive bathroom. It also has a retro turntable with an eclectic selection of vinyl.

Hotel Providence – Local Transport

    The République metro station is a 5-minute walk (0.2 mile) away and services lines 3, 5, 8, 9, and 11, making it very easy to get around the city. The Gare du Nord Train station is an 18-minute walk (0.8 mile) for trips further afield.

  • Walking: This is a very walkable area with major sites plus interesting neighborhoods to get lost in right out the door.
  • Subway and Bus: The République metro station is a 5-minute walk (0.2 mile) away.
  • Taxis, Uber, Lyft: Taxis are always available and Uber services Paris.

Hotel Providence – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Marais Food Experience – 3-hour sampling tour of the historic district’s best fromageries, boulangeries, patisseries, and charcuteries.
  • Paris Bike Tour – 3-hour guided bike tour along the Seine, past Notre-Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Chaillot Palace, the Louvre, and the Tuileries Garde. Start location: 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • GetYourGuide.com – The best website for booking tours and tickets in Paris.

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Mayda – Casual spot with some outdoor seating and good crepes. 1-minute walk (30m).
  • Le Petit Chateau d’Eau – This place has been the same for decades and that’s why people love it. Stop in for a morning coffee or dine on French classics accompanied by a cocktail. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Hollybelly 5 – Busy, international spot for British-inspired big breakfasts including pancakes topped with eggs, bacon, and maple syrup. 5-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • Le Chateau d’Eau – Resisting the gentrification going on around it, here’s an old school Parisian bar great for beers and late nights. 7-minute walk (0.3 mile).
  • 52 Faubourg – A contemporary neighborhood bar and restaurant that serves breakfast through dinner with creative, international flair. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Maison Landemaine – Finely crafted breads, pastries, and savory baked goods to take away or eat-in. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Marrow – Foody-beloved neo-bistro serving fantastic combinations of flavors and world class cocktails in a relaxed yet chic setting with wooden tables and terrace seating. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Du Pain et des Idées – Expect a long line here at peak hours with locals knowing it’s worth the wait for orange blossom brioches or delicious savory treats stuffed with cheeses and fruit. 9-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Bonhomie – Fabulous tapas in a fun atmosphere alongside creative cocktails. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Le Verre Volé – A tiny but beloved wine bar with excellent vintages on offer, sage advice, and even better plats du jour to enjoy alongside. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Best Nearby Cafes

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • L’Appartement – Lively bar that gets particularly busy during happy hours. Modern interior design and friendly service. 1-minute walk (100m).
  • Le Syndicat – Specializing in French spirits, this hip cocktail bar has some gritty décor but is one of the hottest drinking establishments in the area. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Gravity Bar – Gorgeous interior fabricated from wood and concrete provides the backdrop for unique and delicious cocktails accompanied by fantastic tapas. 9-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Chez Prune – Lovely corner location just across from the Canal Saint-Martin, popular with the local hip crowd. It’s a casual stop for a few drinks or aperitif although decent meals are served as well. 10-minute walk (0.5 mile).

Nearby Clubs, Cinemas, and Live Music

  • New Morning – Big name jazz concerts and excellent acoustics plus other acts from blues to Brazilian. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

  • Musée des Arts et Metiers – Paris’ industrial design museum with a fascinating collection of prototypes such as the original Foucault Pendulum and the model for the Statue of Liberty. 4-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Porte Saint-Denis – Fourteenth-century arch that once served as part of the city walls of Paris. Admire the many sculptures adorning this easy-to-pass landmark. 5-minute walk (0.2 mile).
  • Musée du Chocolat – Learn about the 4,000-year history of chocolate via the museum displays, then see a demonstration of how chocolate is made and taste the results. 8-minute walk (0.4 mile).
  • Jardin Villemin – Beautiful garden right on Canal Saint Martin that includes vegetable and flower gardens plus a playground. Great stop for families. 11-minute walk (0.5 mile).
  • Canal Saint-Martin – Eclectic, lively, and beautiful neighborhoods stretch along the 4.6km (2.8 miles) canal with several bridges, locks, and plenty of banks and benches to rest on and watch Paris go by. 12-minute walk (0.6 mile).
  • Centre Pompidou – Whimsical building housing the largest modern art museum in Europe. The collection including Dali, Pollock, and Picasso is of course not to be missed, but the site itself with bright colors and the Stravinsky Fountain with its moving sculptures is another excellent reason to visit. 14-minute walk (0.7 mile).

Nearby Market or Grocery

Hotel Providence – The Hotel

The entrance is marked by a Parisian café.

Guests are greeted by the lively and very Parisian café that spreads onto the pavement.

The casual lobby has a home-like feel.

The lobby is beautiful but casual and feels like a living room.

Rooms with outdoor patios overlook the lanes below.

Some rooms have outdoor patios overlooking the charming lanes below.

Superior rooms feature amazing designs.

Superior rooms are 21 square meters and have incredible design, including this sunray bed.

Every room has a minibar.

Each room has its own stylish minibar from which you can make your own cocktails.

Bathrooms are large and elegant.

Bathrooms aren’t huge but are spacious enough and very elegant.

Interesting decor includes antique mirrors.

Beautiful touches are everywhere, like this antique mirror that contrasts with the unique wallpaper.

Classic rooms have stylish bathrooms.

Classic rooms have bathrooms in stylish, vaguely steampunk, wood, and glass units.

Rooms come with interesting light fixtures.

Don’t forget to look up. The light fixtures are always a treat to admire.

The decor and views make the rooms very inviting.

The contrast of solid colors, exquisite wallpaper, and the views from Paris streets are mesmerizing.

Magnificent wallpaper covers the walls.

The wallpaper alone is worth a visit to this hotel.

The hotel is located in a lively neighborhood.

The location is on a lively yet neighborhood-feeling cluster of streets which is very near Place de la République.

Rooms are designed like Parisian homes.

Rooms feel like your own stylish Parisian home, especially with a cocktail.

Large rooms feature bathtubs in the bathrooms.

The larger rooms have more spacious bathrooms with clawfoot tubs.

The neighborhood has charming Parisian buildings.

The surrounding buildings are quintessential Paris.

Mini rooms are also spectacularly decorated.

The smallest Mini rooms are just as spectacularly decorated as the higher priced rooms.

The Penthouse suite is extravagant.

The Penthouse suite is worth the splurge.

Deluxe rooms feature bathtubs.

Deluxe rooms are 30 square meters and have clawfoot tubs.

Maison Landemaine serves great pastries.

Walk along the back lanes from the Hotel to Blvd Saint-Martin and past Place de la République for 8 minutes to grab a pastry at Maison Landemaine.

Les Coulisses is a class Parisian café next door.

You’ll find this classic Parisian café, Les Coulisses, right next door to the hotel.

Le Chateua d'Eau is a classic restaurant and bar nearby.

Walk down Rue Bouchardon and turn left onto Rue Chateau du l’Eau to enter a lively, multi-cultural area that perfectly fits the old school, gritty Le Chateua d’Eau restaurant and bar. 7-minute walk.

52 Faubourg is a contemporary neighborhood restaurant and bar nearby.

On the rough-around-the-edges Rue Faubourg sits this wonderful restaurant, 52 Faubourg, great for any time of the day. Head down Blvd Saint-Denis then turn right on Rue Faubourg Saint-Denis.

Mayda serves great crêpes just steps away.

Grab a crêpe at this cute spot, Mayda, just steps from the hotel.

Musée des Arts et Metiers is within walking distance.

Four minutes down Rue Saint-Martin brings you to this grand industrial design museum.

The area around the canal has several cafés and shops.

Wander the nearby lanes to get to the banks of Canal Saint-Martin to stroll, shop, or sit at one of the many cafes and restaurants nearby.

Hollybelly is famous for its English and American breakfast menus.

Five minutes and a few turns lead you to Hollybelly – the perfect spot if you’re craving an English or American breakfast.

Du Pain et des Idées is a popular neighborhood bakery.

It’s worth the leisurely 9-minute walk towards Canal Sant-Martin to get to the area’s most beloved bakery, Du Pain et des Idées.

Le Verre Volé is a great restaurant nearby.

Le Verre Volé is one of the best restaurants around with wine to match, just a 10-minute walk down Rue de Lancry towards Canal Saint-Martin.

Le Petit Chateau d’Eau is great for beer, coffee, and meals.

Head down Cité Riverin and turn right on Rue Chateau de l’Eau to dine or just sit with a beer or coffee at the classic Le Petit Chateau d’Eau. 4-minute walk.

O/HP/E sells outstanding homewares and pastries.

Just across from Le Petit Chateau de l’Eau is the O/HP/E homewares store that also sells outstanding pastries.

Meisia is a great game café nearby.

If you’re hankering to play board games and make friends, Meisia, a game café is right around the corner from the hotel.

Café Petite is a cute café and pastry stop.

Walking straight down rue Rene Boulanger for 3 minutes brings you to Café Petite.

Republique de Café serves good coffee.

Good coffee can be found 8 minutes straight down Blvd Saint-Martin at Republique de Café.

L’Appartement is a lively bar around the corner.

Get a drink just 1 minute away around the corner of Blvd Saint-Martin at L’Appartement.

Marché St Martin close by sells fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fruits, veggies, and fresh items galore are just a 2-minute walk down rue Bouchardon at the lovely Marché St Martin.

Carrefour Bio sells organic products.

Carrefour Bio is an organic mini-market for basic necessities and more, a 10-minute walk near Rue Magenta.

Chez Prune is a busy sidewalk bar and restaurant nearby.

Walk 10 minutes through the lovely lanes around Canal Saint-Denis to reach Chez Prune, a bustling sidewalk bar and restaurant.

Centre Commercial is a good clothing and furniture store.

Great clothing and furniture shopping is 9 minutes away at Centre Commercial, just off Rue Lancry near the banks of the canal.

Medicine Douce sells amazing jewelry by local artists.

Take Rue Lancry towards the canal for this fantastic jewelry shop, Medicine Douce, filled with gorgeous designs from local artists.

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