Its 17 rooms are a lesson in combining colour, texture and a touch of history, and there’s none other to thank for such eye-catching interiors than fashion guru Christian Lacroix. The French designer has given each room its own flamboyant style at Hôtel du Petit Moulin, with panoramic wallpapers, patterned soft furnishings and rich hues. The building was constructed in the seventeenth century and is recognised as Paris’s very first boulangerie. It’s said author and poet Victor Hugo used to buy his bread from here, though there’s no restaurant on site today. What does remain, however, is the dreamy, original facade.
There’s no need to fret over the lack of on-site eating options, as these boutique digs are conveniently located in one of Paris’s most central and happening neighbourhoods, Haut Marais: a short stroll takes you to fine brasseries, charming cafes and a host of other attractions. At nearby sister hotel, Pavillion de la Reine, guests can use the spa and fitness room, and borrow bicycles for pedalling around town.
Double rooms from about US$240 a night.