When General Napoleon Bonaparte launched his Egyptian campaign in 1798, the Sentier district of Paris was gripped by a fascination with the treasures of the Nile Valley. References to Egypt even found their way into the street names (rue d'Alexandrie, rue d'Aboukir, rue Damiette, etc.). It is also home to the Passage du Caire, the oldest and longest covered arcade in Paris. At the exit of this long, glass-topped passage stands the symbol of the neighbourhood's Egyptomania: a building with a listed façade dating back to 1826, decorated with hieroglyphics and three busts of Hathor, the goddess of love, who is recognisable by her cow's ears.
Behind this historic wall lies the Hôtel du Sentier. This establishment eschews the image of a trendy boutique hotel in favour of the sort of friendly welcome you would expect from the neighbourhood's family guest houses. Families are very welcome and are accommodated in connecting rooms or in one of the two duplex rooms with a private terrace. Little extra touches make your stay extra special, such as the collapsible tepee-style Wendy-houses that children will love, and district maps that feature original walks, perfect for exploring your surroundings. With traditional home-style cooking in the restaurant, stylishly soft, calming interiors and precious marble details in the bathrooms, you will feel right at home.
Hôtel du Sentier
2 place du Caire
Tel : +33 (0)1 86 54 12 12
Rooms: from 160 EUR