Sometimes you find such a gem of a hotel you end up planning your next trip before you’ve even checked out. Paris’ Hotel du Petit Moulin is just that. Nestled on Rue de Poitou in the heart of charming Le Marais, it was once a 17th-century boulangerie and supposedly where Victor Hugo bought his croissants. Now, it’s a cool boutique hotel, comprising 17 rooms designed by Christian Lacroix, each entirely unique and more bonkers than the last. SheerLuxe bedded down for the night in Paris’ quirkiest hotel...
The location… With art galleries, concept stores, cool restaurants and hidden bars as neighbours, Hotel du Petit Moulin is ideal for those wanting to bypass the tourist trails of Paris. Instead, trawl the bookshops of Le Marais, while away an hour in concept store Merci – we loved their table linens and cute gift ideas, or head to the Chanel pop-up on Rue Vieille du Temple if you’re looking to spend some holiday money, or at least take an Instagram shot next to the giant Chanel sign.
The rooms… Lavish, kitsch, sexy and weird all in one, the 17 unique rooms are flamboyant to say the least. All decidedly different, renowned designer Lacroix seemingly had no theme in mind. Choose between an out-of-this-world space-inspired room, complete with star, moon and rocket mural, and a Louis XVI-meets-‘60s sci-fi affair, and everything in between. It shouldn’t work but it does. Each comes with an old-fashioned key of Alice in Wonderland proportions to add to the drama – and seeing what’s behind each door is all part of the fun.
Who goes… Guests look fresh out of a The Kooples campaign: pared back, nonchalant and decidedly cool. Take your other half for your own Serge Gainsbourg/Jane Birkin love-in, or a girlfriend for a Parisian break without the crowds.
What to eat… As charming as the hotel is, it’s tiny, spread between uneven floors and small corridors. This leaves little room for a restaurant. But an honesty bar sits adjacent to reception, where you can help yourself to a glass of champagne before heading out to the wealth of bars and restaurants Le Marais has to offer.
Visit… Le Petite Table for an Italian-meets-Paris lunch or dinner – order a plate of burrata with truffle, tender carpaccio and comforting gnocchi to share. For evening drinks, oysters and knocking knees at the bar, we rate Le Mary Celeste. And for cocktails, Candelaria serves up heady drinks alongside intimate seating and flattering candlelight. Don’t be put off if you can’t find the entrance – it’s at the back of dive taco shop. Said tacos are actually very good, pick a couple up on your way out to soak up the drinks. Come morning, weary heads can be healed with fresh breads, pastries, juice and fruit brought straight to your room. Indulge in your Paris moment with croissants, coffee and fluffy robes in bed.
Hotel du Petit Moulin has us sold on Le Marais, we’re planning our next trip already.
Stay from €225 per room per night, based on two sharing on a B&B basis. To book visit HotelPetitMoulinParis.com or call +33 1 42 74 10 10.
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