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Hôtel du Petit Moulin

Address: 29/31 Rue du Poitou

Neighborhood: 3rd Arrondissement

City: Paris

Phone: 011-33-1-42-74-10-10

Website: www.paris-hotel-petitmoulin.com

Expert Review

Christian Lacroix is beloved for his love of wild color combinations and theatrical design, so it should come as no surprise that the fashion designer created a sensation when he did the interiors for this hotel  (opened in 2005) in the northern Marais district. Each of the 17 smallish rooms and suites in this 17th-century former boulangerie (bakery) features a completely different look: some walls are covered in black leather, some are splashed with Lacroix's design sketches, and others feature bejeweled headboards. But the owners knew better than to sacrifice comfort for all this extravagance. The fantastic king-size beds are wrapped in fine linens, the attractively tiled bathrooms have large tubs, and air conditioning and Wi-Fi (for a charge) are both on tap. The one thing it doesn't have is a restaurant (though it does have a bar, which doubles as a breakfast room in the morning); but in this neighborhood, home to some of the best bistros and pastry shops in Paris, why bother?

Tags: moderate | boutique hotel | smart splurge | trendy

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