REVIEW

Paris Oasis

A nouveau bohemian haunt in Montmartre featuring secluded rooms, a heated swimming pool, garden terrace, and an eclectic art collection.

By Valerie Rains, Friday, Mar 18, 2011, 2:00 AM

A 19th century tile mural in the Paris-Oasis sunroom.

(Christian Kerber)

Paris Oasis

About this Hotel

Price From $163

In a neighborhood that’s been wholly transformed over the past two decades—from a ramshackle cluster of artists’ studios and blue-collar businesses to a bona fide boho paradise—Hélène and Jean-Louis Bignon are a constant. When they first moved to Montmartre in 1974, “it was more or less the 19th century here,” Jean-Louis says. Their street, which was once home to a veterinary hospital and a mechanic’s garage, now houses an advertising firm, a graffiti-splashed record store, an outlet shop for French clothing brand A.P.C., and Chéri Bibi, a casually hip restaurant that fills with a boisterous, under-40 crowd most nights. Carved out of the Bignons’ own three-story home, Paris-Oasis—which includes three detached, converted units, plus two upper-floor apartments in the main building—can accommodate up to 15 people. The rooms are designed to sleep one to five guests, and each unit has a private bath and a kitchenette stocked with water, juice, soda, coffee, and beer. Although there’s no breakfast service, in-room Nespresso machines dispense both American and European-style coffee, and it’s only about 15 paces from the front door to the nearest bakery. Of the five room options, the Iris is the most secluded: It’s hidden in the greenery of the back garden—beyond the solarium and Paris-Oasis’s heated swimming pool—and it has its own dining terrace surrounded by rose bushes and a birdbath. A more spacious choice is the Liette suite, a proper one-bedroom apartment with a fully equipped kitchen, reached by an elevator furnished with an antique theater chair upholstered in faux leopard print. Nearly every nook of Paris-Oasis acts as an exhibition space for pieces from the Bignons’ eclectic art collection. A pair of 19th-century Longwy tile murals bought in an antiques shop in the south of France hang at opposite ends of the pool room, and a goatskin miniskirt from a Himba settlement in Namibia occupies a prominent living room shelf. Some of the most original pieces of all are where you’ll least expect them: Look closely and you’ll spot a black-velvet painting of a tiger tucked away in the stairwell.

Free Wi-Fi? Yes.

Credit Cards Accepted Cash only.

Details From $163, three-night minimum.

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