For its originality, of course! First of all, the building is impressive. It's not a barge, but rather a beautiful ship firmly anchored to the quay between the Charles de Gaulle bridge and the Austerlitz viaduct. Straddling the left and right banks of the Seine, it's an ideal base for strolling along the banks of the Seine, or visiting the Jardin des Plantes and its zoo, or the Place de la Contrescarpe. The bohemian, cultural Left Bank, just the way we like it.
It's a unique place, like no other. Here in Paris, it's the first of its kind: a hotel on the water, so well designed that it has 4 suites and 54 rooms! But that's not all: on this beautiful barge, you'll also find a restaurant and bar, where you can feast and be merry. There's also a room for activities such as yoga. And even a pool for a dip!
So are we on the Riviera? No, you don't have to take the plane or the train to enjoy this little paradise. Stay at home in Paris, and set sail for the quays of the Gare d'Austerlitz! The OFF Paris Seine barge is moored there.
Why OFF Paris Seine?
The right bank is also right in front of you. Cross the bridge and you're there! The idea is to spend some time in the fresh air, to be not only in the heart of the most beautiful city in the world, but also in one of its most beautiful districts, lazing about on the bridge in winter, or on the terrace on the quay when the fine weather arrives.
Another advantage: space
The deck offers space to relax or daydream. A full-length pool follows the direction of the boat all the way to the stern and seems to fall... into the water of the Seine. Well-ventilated lounges are sheltered by a discreet roof, where you can sit on garden chairs around tables inviting you to enjoy a meal or a hot drink. Picture windows surround the rooms, creating a relaxed atmosphere. Light, reflections and fresh air are all welcome.
We'll also be there to enjoy
We'll take a room at the OFF Paris Seine for the peace and quiet and a change of scenery. But the emotion would not be complete without the pleasures of the mouth. The hotel's bistro-style cuisine is a testament to this, with its emphasis on seasonal classics. Take a look at the starters: a refreshing sea bream carpaccio with basil oil, a homemade salmon gravlax or a bewitching truffle croque. The bar is open every day. Tasty house cocktails are on the menu.
The wines are also top-notch, both fresh and fruity, like this tasty Grange Mirabel Viognier. Dishes include Iberian pig with its full-bodied jus, Normandy beef tartare with a knife, and impeccably grilled octopus. For the ultimate in indulgence, the restaurant serves a sweet green apple pavlova or a French toast brioche with milk jam, both of which are included in the brunch.
At the weekend, come and brunch on viennoiseries, salads, smoked salmon, charcuterie and cheeses, pizzas and risotto, as well as sweet treats such as chocolate mousse, macaroons, tiramisu and cheesecake. All homemade. Definitely one of the best brunches in the capital, all you can eat!
A room in the heart of Paris? Yes, but on the water!
Thanks to its unique location, OFF Paris Seine guests will be able to choose between a view of the Left Bank and the Right Bank. The quays stretch out in an arc from the bow and stern: an open perspective on the Seine and the historic building of the Gare d'Austerlitz. Notre-Dame is a 30-minute walk away. The change of scenery offered by this venue is matched by the ballet of barges on France's second largest river.
The OFF has 4 suites. The two Horizon suites, at the bow of the boat, are perfect for a panoramic view of Paris thanks to their double exposure on the Seine.
For those with little or no knowledge of Paris, Le OFF is the perfect way to discover the capital.
📍 Location: the OFF is here on a map.
👛 Rates: from €169 per night.
What to do near the OFF?
⭐ Visit the Jardin des plantes, of course!
There, it's not just a very pleasant garden lined with cherry blossom trees in spring, but also an area including large exotic greenhouses, the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle and its famous Grande Galerie de l'Evolution, but also a giant vivarium where crocodiles and snakes live, and a menagerie where great apes and panthers are on display.