Hotel des Academies et des Arts, Paris

Sleep among corps blancs and other funky artwork at this playful, comfortable hotel in Montparnasse

It’s not every night you fall asleep with the silhouette of a white body leaping over your head, but stay here and you’ll sample this fairly novel experience.

The ‘corps blancs’ are the chef-d’oeuvre of artist Jérôme Mesnager, who has been painting them on walls around the world (including the Great Wall of China) for the last 25 years.

These permanent guests appear in various poses in the 20 bedrooms, and are scattered through the communal areas – including a giant that spans 5 floors on the courtyard wall.

Meanwhile, the internal spiral staircase circles miniature ladders, which are laden with diminutive white bodies; the work of sculptor Sophie de Watrigant.

Set in the chic 6th arrondissement, just around the corner from the Jardin du Luxembourg, it was the quartier’s artistic heritage that inspired owners Laurent and Charlotte to create a unique environment.

However, art doesn’t overshadow amenity, and the hotel is warm and welcoming. The snug salon, with flickering fire and soft sofas, exudes a bienvenue that’s as friendly as the staff.

Hotel des Academies et des Arts, Paris is a boutique art hotel with 20 rooms with doubles costing from €187 for room only. 

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