71 Rue de Charonne, Paris, France
Neighborhood: 11th Arr. (Opéra Bastille)
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The danger with superstar designers is that they’ll descend into self-parody, what was once a personal vision becoming little more than branding. It’s hard to imagine that happening to Matali Crasset. You’d know simply by the ultra-saturated color palette that Hi Matic bears at least a family resemblance to the original Hi Hotel in Nice. But it’s anything but a carbon copy, and there’s no doubt the vision is very much alive.
While many Parisian hotel rooms try in vain to style themselves as miniature palaces, Hi Matic makes the most of its smallish size. The concept is “urban cabana,” a bit like an upscale hostel, with something of the self-serve convenience of the capsule hotel about it — though with full-size headroom and quite a bit more privacy, obviously.
All throughout the hotel, Crasset’s custom-designed blank birch furniture provides the canvas against which the candy colors of the walls and floors are allowed to pop, a figure-ground reversal that draws the eye outward, and makes the spaces feel bigger than they are. The self-serve canteen and the vending-machine boutique provide all the help you’ll need — this place is more pied à terre than palace, low-maintenance living and low-impact to boot, the whole hotel more organic and sustainable than you probably thought a city establishment could be.
- 42 Rooms
- Style: Cutting-Edge
- Atmosphere: Lively
- 12 Guest Reviews
- Hi Matic
- 71 Rue de Charonne
- Paris, France
- Neighborhood: 11th Arr. (Opéra Bastille)
Hotel amenities and services
- 100% non-smoking hotel
- 24 hour front desk
- Central air conditioning
- Free wi-fi
- Luggage storage
- Multi-lingual staff
- Pets allowed (charges apply)
- Self service parking (charges apply)