Marie Claire checks out Christian Lacroix's theatrical boutique hotel
The Hotel du Petit Moulin was designed by Christian Lacroix, the legendary French couturier best known for a love of the glamorous and theatrical. Think richly textured clothes in expensive velvets and sumptuous satins, masterly clashes of colour and pattern and a fondness for ruffles and trimmings.
The hotel is in a former bakery in the historic Le Marais area. The location is great – a short walk gets you to lots of bijou shops, the packed-out bars of rue Oberkampf, and the Sunday market in Boulevard Richard Lenoir.
Lacroix has designed this intimate 17-room hotel as if creating a fashion collection. Every room is like an outfit, with details such as a giant collage of 18th-century women and cupboard doors that slide open to reveal windows. The bedrooms are small, modern and lavish, using design classics like Arne Jacobson’s Swan chair. The slick bathrooms are also enlivened with heart-shaped antique mirrors or hunting scenes round the toilet, and the beds, with piles of fat pillows, are bliss. There’s also a small bar where breakfast is served.
Double rooms at Hotel du Petit Moulin (www.paris-hotel-petitmoulin.com; 00 33 1 42 74 10 10) cost from about £125. Eurostar (www.eurostar.com; 08705-186186) offers rail travel from London to Paris from £59 return.