The 17 rooms at Hotel du Petit Moulin are a lesson in combining colour, texture and a touch of history. Fashion guru Christian Lacroix has given each its own flamboyant style, with panoramic wallpapers, patterned soft furnishings and rich hues.
The building was constructed in the seventeenth century as a boulangerie – it’s said Victor Hugo used to buy his bread from here – but there’s no restaurant on site.
Thankfully, it’s also located in one of Paris’s best neighbourhoods, so a short stroll takes you to fine diners, charming cafes and a host of other attractions. These boutique digs have a nearby sister hotel, Pavillion de la Reine, where guests can use the spa and fitness room, and borrow bicycles for pedalling around town.
Double rooms from about US$225 a night.