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December 20, 2011

A “Straight-Friendly” Hotel For Gay Paris

A new boutique property in the City of Light says Bonjour to gays and straights alike.

The new Hotel Jules et Jim in Paris has a clear mission: it welcomes all sexual orientations but is particularly open to gay guests. That’s according to today’s announcement by the French tourism office in New York, which heralded this week’s opening of the 23-room boutique hotel located in the Marais.

Taking its name from the 1962 French film classic by Francois Truffaut, Jules et Jim operates in three buildings surrounding two cobblestone courtyards meant to be serene oases in the city. The decor is modern and hip — think seamless acrylic Hi-Mac surfaces blending with natural materials like stone and timber — and the vibe is laid-back. (You’ll know the staff by their Lacoste polo shirts and Supra footwear.) There’s also a focus on art with a photo gallery in the reception area and music performances scheduled to take place throughout the year.

Rooms start at 180 euros, and include free WiFi, iPod docks and access to a hotel library stocked with books in French and English.

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