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Castille Paris

Central, boutique hotel on Rue Cambon

Photo: Stefano Candito


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It’s pretty difficult to get more central than Castille Paris. Located next to Chanel and a stone’s throw to Bar Hemingway, this 1st arrondissement hotel is tucked away, but right in the heart of it. Part of the Florence-based Starhotels Collezione, Castille may be in Paris, but the group’s Italian roots run throughout.

The Hotel

The word boutique is thrown around so much, but this 108-room abode truly feels like a small, personal hotel.

The Vibe

This is a five-star, but it’s definitely lived in, and that’s not a bad thing. The reception is always buzzing and the vibrant lobby invites you to linger. There’s an extremely friendly atmosphere here, which is always appreciated, and the main floor décor mixes antiques with bright colours; they definitely like their crushed velvet here.

The Rooms

The hotel is made up of three different buildings, and the rooms are split between two different wings: the ‘Opera’ wing and the black and white ‘Rivoli’ wing, which is inspired by Coco Chanel (whose original apartment is literally next door). Duplex suites have two bathrooms – the toiletries could use an update, but the floor-to-ceiling marble makes up for it – and a lot of space by Paris standards. Room highlights include soft lighting, minibars with (gratis) refreshments, a pillow menu, and French windows that open up, some directly onto the energetic Rue Cambon.


The bar is a highlight here. Nestled discreetly into a corner of the ground floor, there’s nothing fancy about it, but that’s the joy. It almost feels like an honesty bar in your friend’s living room – but one with great service. The restaurant, L’Assaggio, is led by chef Sasha Arandjelovic, with menus by celebrated chef Ugo Alciati, and serves elevated Piedmontese cuisine. Check their website for special menus.


We love the courtyard here. The fresco in it, which was commissioned by the once-owner, an heir of the Spanish royal family who was a refugee in France, makes a very special backdrop. The welcoming staff and atmosphere make it easy to see why they have so many returning guests.

Photo: Maurine

Anything Else

They pride themselves on giving people special, bespoke experiences. So whether it’s cooking classes, a casual tour at one of the neighbouring boutiques or cultural institutions, an Italian cooking class, an intro to their local cheese supplier, or any other recommendations, they can help.

Originally published on
27th November 2023


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