1–5, passage Ruelle
26 rooms and 15 suites
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As its name suggests, the KUBE Hotel is dominated by one particular geometric shape in its interior design. Designers Raymond Morel and Christiane Derory have given the U-shaped building, located in a quiet street in Paris’s bubbling 18th arrondissement, a truly mind-bending revamp.
In addition to, obviously, lots of cubes, the themes of coolness and transparency, which are emphasised throughout the public spaces are offset by the warming sense of privacy and comfort that pervades the guestrooms at the KUBE Hotel.
The courtyard of the revamped 19th century building features a see-through cube, which contains the necessary reception facilities in a suitable way. Sashaying into the stylish bar, which serves as the heart of the hotel, you will find yourself transported to a rather futuristic space, complete with generously high ceilings, lots of stainless-steel gratings, floor-to-ceiling curtains and a long counter in tarnished silver to lean against and get your wits back about you. Cubic seats and lounge chairs accented in fur set off the black glass of the walls, which are animated in turn by a whole row of plasma-screen televisions. Bars play a pivotal role in KUBE Hotel’s concept so you will find "The Ice KUBE" bar on the mezzanine – held at a constant temperature of only minus 5°C, it is a whole universe entirely made out of 25 tons of ice. Once you take off the polar coat provided for the ice bar, you may well feel like heating things up again while swinging in Eero Aarnio’s 1968 Bubble Chairs suspended in mid-air.
Oozing a sleek iciness in its public spaces, the 26 guestrooms and 15 suites of KUBE Hotel turn the heat up a little with warm touches added to the arctic-geometric theme. Black and white faux-fur curtains give the space a definite cuddly feel whilst readily living up to the chic provided by the pastel-coloured furniture by Raymond Morel in tarnished glass. Spinning the crystalline look further in the bathrooms, Philippe Starck’s aptly named 'Jelly Cubes' collection for Duravit of rectangular elements sits squarely with specially made glass cube showers made from matt the high-tech material Corian.
Despite the feeling of having walked onto the set of an achingly smart 60s sci-fi classic, the materials are distinctly modern and the design, overall, also aims to break with any sense of traditional conformity: The beds are lit from beneath, creating the illusion of levitation, which definitely adds to the overall sense of spaciousness, clarity and calm. KUBE Hotel is future-retro made real.