luxe - Kube Hotel, Paris
Written by Karen Martin
Olympic host 1900 & 1924
Tucked away in a quiet street in Paris’s 18th arrondissement lies the Kube Hotel, an achingly stylish design hotel.
True to its name, the Kube Hotel is dominated by the geometric shape throughout its interior design. The front courtyard of the revamped 19th century building features a glass cube, which serves as the sleek reception area. The hotel also features ‘The Ice Kube’, the city’s first ice bar.
Step through to the stylishly dark ‘Lounge Bar’ at the heart of the hotel with its cube-shaped tables and chairs, and navigate the polished-glass walls into one of the colourful elevators and you’ll find yourself in a futuristic corridor, dark except for the glow of the ultra-violet room numbers.
Here you’re checked into your room with a scan of your fingerprint so all you need do is place your finger over the biometric keypad outside your room to enter. Inside, the rooms are a stark contrast to the darkness of the corridor: light floods into the all-white spaces, illuminating the gloss white furniture, and the beds are lit from beneath, creating the illusion that they are floating.
Effortlessly cool but with home comforts in mind, rooms feature PlayStations, televisions that double as CD/DVD players and personal computers, and Illy coffee machines.
If you’re in Paris on July 14 then joining in Bastille Day revelry is a must. Crowds line the Champs-Elysées for a military parade led by the President, which sees jets fly in formation as top military brass bands march from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. The partying continues all day, and later thousands of people come together again at the Champ-de-Mars and Trocadéro to watch the fireworks over the Eiffel Tower.