Maison SouquetParis, France
Step into the Belle Époque in one of Paris's most lavish new hotels, Maison Souquet. Hidden in the saucy Pigalle district, the abode pays homage to the courtesans who once sashayed through its halls. From the exterior, the only hints of opulence are two red lanterns and a canopy flanking a simple facade, but enter the former house of pleasure and you'll plunge into a world of intricate panelling, plush furniture and gold, gold, gold.
The 20 rooms offer unique designs created by French artist Jacques Garcia, whose credits include the tearooms of Ladurées, the refurbishment of Château de Versailles and the styling of more than 30 rooms of the Louvre with 18th-century decorative art. This is how one should slumber in the city of love.
- The plush surroundings and overall opulence will leave you feeling like royalty, and well relaxed to boot
- Staying in a unique room designed by a French artist who has styled parts of the famous Louvre is pretty neat
- Budget-friendly, this isn’t. Be prepared to splash some cash for this kind of decadence
- Bathtub/walk-in shower
- Hermès toiletries
- 24-hour room service
- Climate control
- Flat-screen TV
- Personal safe
- Private access to spa
Rooms start at around US$420.