Photographer: Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg

Paris’s Hottest New Hotel Is in the Middle of the Seine

You’ve heard of Paris’s summertime pop-up shops and restaurants along the Seine ... but a hotel? On a barge? Pulling in just the right crowd? Meet the city’s newest (floating) hotel, the Off Paris Seine. Photographs by Marlene Awaad/Bloomberg 

  1. Viaduc d'Austerlitz
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    Viaduc d'Austerlitz

    Hotel Off Paris Seine, which opened on June 23, has an unconventional location—moored on the Seine near the Gare d'Austerlitz. It's in the 13th arrondissement, on the edge of Pierre and Marie Curie University and a stone's throw from Boulevard Saint-Germain. The buzzing, open-air nightlife, culture, and fashion complex Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design is right next door. 

  2. The Scene
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    The Scene

    Hotel Off is the latest entry into Paris's newly cool Seine—and the poolside bar is where you'll find most guests, as well as trendy locals coming in for an evening drink. (Public hours: 5 p.m. till 1 a.m.) Once the temperatures start to dip come fall, it'll be enclosed in glass. Until then, it's a spot for breakfast, plein air tapas, and cocktails that's practically open around the clock. 

  3. Plunge Pool
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    Plunge Pool

    From the slender, communal plunge pool, you get a singular view of the Pont Charles de Gaulle and both the Pont and Viaduc d'Austerlitz. And because the only things trendier than pop-ups are over-the-top pool accessories, you can while away the day on a gold, swan-shaped inflatable—cocktail in hand.

  4. Corridors
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    Corridors

    There are 58 rooms (from €124/$136) and four suites (from €256) aboard the floating hotel. They're accessed through light-flooded, wood and glass corridors on the boat's upper and lower decks. 

  5. Built to Spec
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    Built to Spec

    Because the barge was commissioned by the hoteliers rather than repurposed, you'll find familiar hotel features, like a traditional reception desk. 

  6. Standard Room
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    Standard Room

    The standard rooms are anything but. They're strikingly modern and as spacious as standouts you'd find on dry land. (Paris is famous for its closet-size accommodations.) Beds are designed to look as though they're floating, and from the picture windows you'll catch views of the Seine or historic Austerlitz railway station. Bonus: The minibar is stocked with beer from nearby La Parisienne brewery.

  7. Sunset Suite
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    Sunset Suite

    The aptly named Sunset Suite, designed by the avant-garde fashion duo Maurizio Galante and Tal Lancman, may be one of Paris's most eccentric rooms—even the soaking tub is orange. For something that's less, well, colorful, there's the Designer Silver Suite, also designed by Galante and Lancman. It may be more muted but it's no less daring: There's a panel of mirrors right above the bed.

  8. Dining
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    Dining

    Breakfast service at the Off Hotel is simple: a continental buffet. But things shake up in the afternoon, when a rotating list of tapas, cheese, and charcuterie are on offer.

  9. Cocktails
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    Cocktails

    The cocktails befit the scene; they're designed by Paris's darling mixologist, Nicolas Munoz, who made his name at Bespoke cocktail bar.

  10. Onboard/Off-Board
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    Onboard/Off-Board

    Unlike with most river barges, you can get on and off whenever you please—a key feature for those who are eager to explore all that Paris has to offer.