While co-working spaces are nothing new in Paris, there’s never been a hotel devoted to the cause until now. Previously a social housing centre, the Bob Hotel, say design duo Dorothée Delaye and Daphné Desjeux, was inspired by a curious and friendly imaginary character. The name, however, is an acronym for ‘business on board’ and the hotel is the first in the city to formally offer its public spaces for locals and guests to work in.
A ten-minute walk from the frenzied crowds of Montparnasse, the cheerful colour-splashed retro property sits on a residential street in the quiet Pernety neighbourhood. Marked by its bucolic community gardens, artisan bakeries and photogenic green grocers, the friendly atmosphere here makes it a pleasant area to stay in as well as work.
The hotel patio, a serene leafy terrace with Maison Gatti woven rattan bistro chairs, is the pièce de resistance and is slotted in between the hotel’s two buildings. The retro twist woven into the fabric of the continues up in the 45 guestrooms with details like Pols Potten stools and colourful velvet headboards, while handpicked artwork brings a lived-in cosiness.
The hotel only serves breakfast but there are plenty of dining options in the area, including L’Entrepot a few steps away, which hosts gigs and exhibitions and has a terrace.