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Funky Friday: You've Done The Ice Bucket Challenge, Now Do The Ice Bar Challenge

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  Site Where: 3 Passage Ruelle, Paris, France, 75018
August 22, 2014 at 12:49 PM | by | ()

Enjoy vodka IN the rocks amid 20 tons of ice art that make up the Ice Kube Bar, reputed to be the first and only ice bar in the French capital.

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Ice hotels come and go and they don’t come cheap as we have seen in the ICEHOTEL design suites. Well, put your plastic away because for a mere €25 (for three drinks) you can chill out in Paris—yes Paris-- at the Kube Hotel's seriously cool Ice Kube Bar. Whether or not you took the ice bucket challenge, and we commend you if you did, a visit to the Ice Kube Bar is a must see when in Paris.

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Hiding Away in Montmartre

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  Site Where: 23 Avenue Junot, Paris, France, 75018
February 13, 2009 at 11:35 AM | by | ()

Cubicle Dreamin' is a feature in which we ask the hotel mavens to take some time out of their busy work day, surf the Internet, and tell us what hotel they wish they could beam themselves to right that very second--all on the slave driving companies dime, of course. Oh, like these people aren't surfing aimlessly anyway--at least now their purposeless clicking will be cobbled together into useful hotel stories--we hope. Have a destination hotel you are just dying to leave your cube for? Send the story our way.

In this episode, Hotel Maven Katie K fancies a trip to Paris. Enjoy.

This being V-day weekend, I’m feeling a bit sappy — so today’s daydream takes me to clichéd-for-a-reason Montmartre, Paris. In realityland, my most romantic romp in Montmartre was a closet-size rental apartment, but as you know, cubicle dreamin’ calls for a more crème brulee kind of hotel experience.

Voila, the Hotel Particulier de Montmartre, listed prominently on Conde Nast Traveler’s 2008 Hot List.

The five-suite boutique hotel is housed in an 18th-century guesthouse cached in a cobbled corner of swoony Montmartre and surrounded by well-manicured gardens (curated by landscape architect Louis Bénech, the lauded gent who renovated the Tuileries). Though each room is distinct and fascinating, I’m booking the Vegetal guest room, where pretty artist-created wallpaper evokes a treehouse feel.

At Hotel Particulier, rather than drowning in Montmartre’s schmaltzy charm I’ll be sitting pretty in a Mies van der Rohe chair, helping myself to the honor bar while admiring the avant-garde designs of Mats Haglund, a Finnish designer who has worked for Chanel, and other art and fashion luminaries.

[Photo: Hotel Particulier]

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Paris Hotel Guide: Inside the Kube

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  Site Where: 1-5, Passage Ruelle , Paris, France, 75018
September 27, 2007 at 10:00 AM | by | ()

The fantastic Monica Guy who has been delivering to us the Paris Hotel Guide this week, went inside one of the city's notoriously cold hotels. Here's her report.

After you've done the design hotels, lose the oldies and head for a hotel your mother wouldn't approve of, The Kube.

The hotel boasts a fine location in a dirty alleyway off one of the dirtiest, noisiest streets in the north of Paris - the best Turkish kebab shops and dry cleaners in the city, on the other hand, and definitely the place to go when you want to buy a plastic sieve or a cut-price power ranger outfit.

There's no sign on the door. Wink wink - only people who are really in the know come here, and only the really determined ones at that.

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Hotel Opening Rates: Hotel Particulier in Montmartre

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  Site Where: 23 Avenue Junot, Paris, France, 75018
June 27, 2007 at 10:56 AM | by | ()

A new boutique hotel has just opened up in the hip Montmartre region of Paris. There are plenty of good reasons to stay in this area--close to plenty of gorgeous Paris sights including Sacre Couer, and there's great strolling to had through market stalls and artist studios. The new Hotel Particulier opened on June 21 and management describes it as:

Five big suites in an aristocratic mansion surrounded by an architect-designed garden, and
hidden in a secret path two steps away from famous rue Lepic.

Opening special rates start at €290 ($390) per night for the small suites and €390 ($525) for the larger suites. It does look kinda gorgeous, so if you get the chance to check it out, tell us what it's really like inside.

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Partying at the Ice Bar

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  Site Where: 1-5, Passage Ruelle | Adjacent à l'Avenue Max Dormoy, Paris, France, 75018
June 1, 2006 at 12:39 PM | by | ()

If you can't stand the sweltering heat, maybe this video of the Ice Kube bar at the Kube Hotel will cool you down. It involves a creepy ice Teddy Bear statue and lots of shots of Grey Goose which always makes us smile...just before we throw up.

Related Stories:
· Ice Kube Bar [YouTube]
· Kube Hotel reviews [TripAdvisor]


Good Rate: Ibis Hotels in Paris

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  Site Where: 100 Boulevard Rochechouar, Paris, France, 75018
May 2, 2006 at 4:13 PM | by | ()

[Ed. Note: Welcome to our Good Rate/Bad Rate feature, where we pick two hotels in the same city and decide which one is better worth your hard-earned benjamins. This screenshot was taken May 2, 2006 and rates are subject to change. Enjoy.]

If you plan on Ibis Hotels in Paris, you can be certain you won't break your bank. Rooms typically start at 79 Euros, although some Parisian locations start at 49.  However, don't expect too much other than clean, modern rooms.

One recent guest has the real scoop on staying at the Ibis Hotel Sacre Coeur:

Firstly don't expect the Ritz cos obviously it's not. it's a budget hotel at the end of the day but it's deffinately worth the £53 per night.
We got a room on the 8th floor and the room was more than adequate for our needs. Yes the shower was a bit pokey and the room decor was a bit plain and void of some character - but we had a clear view of the Eiffel tower and a tiny little balcony to sit at once we opened both outer doors.

The only real downer was that the hotel's lift is extremely small and can only fit at most three people.

Related Stories:
· Ibis Sacre Coeur reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Bad Rate: Esprit Saint Germain [HotelChatter]


Kube Lovers Dream Hotel

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  Site Where: 1-5, Passage Ruelle, Paris, France, 75018
February 22, 2006 at 11:01 AM | by | ()

A new boutique hotel has popped up in Paris with an interior and exterior design devoted solely to the cube shape.

The Kube Hotel (we think they put in that K to make it kooler-looking) has a Lourve-inspired glass box that functions as the reception area. The 41 rooms in the hotel have rectangular beds which are lit from below and look like they are levitating. Additionally, there's no standard entry into your rooms. Instead you have electronic fingerprint readers in the place of card keys. No word on whether the amenities include a Rubik's Cube.

Lastly, as you can tell by the picture there's a bar and it's called the IceKube, made with ice.

We just want to know is it still open in the summer?

[Image via Fannysparty/Flickr]

Related Stories:
· Kube reviews [TripAdvisor]
· It's hip to be square [Travel+Leisure]