Hotel du Petit Moulin, Paris, France
Hôtel du Petit Moulin is the smallest of four hotels in central Paris that are run with flair by the Chevalier family. Tucked away in a former bakery in the Marais, its 17 rooms were created in 2005 by fashion designer Christian Lacroix who let rip with his love of intense colours, plush fabrics, mixed-up patterns and theatrical flourishes. The result is a pioneering 'couture' hotel that is both a period piece and a fun place to stay. With its enthusiastic staff, bountiful breakfast and an attractive location this is a unique and characterful base in the heart of the French capital. Additional facilities, including a spa and parking, are available at the nearby sister property Pavillon de la Reine.
Your expert reviewer
The Marais is one of the oldest parts of Paris with picturesque narrow streets and a wealth of small independent shops and homely restaurants to enjoy.
From the hotel, you're within walking distance of the Picasso museum, Pompidou Centre and Place de la Bastille.
By plane: Flights from London or Manchester to Paris Charles De Gaulle take 1 hour 15 minutes and the hotel is a 50-minute drive. Parking costs €10 per day. skyscanner.com
By train: Eurostar from London to Paris Gare du Nord takes 2 hours 20 minutes and the hotel is a 15-minute drive. thetrainline.com
Style & Character
The hotel suits fans of fashion and design hotels, followers of Christian Lacroix, romancing couples, flâneurs, shoppers and museum-lovers. Formerly a bakery, this historic building still has the original, ornately decorated 'Boulangerie' shopfront from 1900 which is now listed.
Service & Facilities
Being small with dedicated staff, Hôtel du Petit Moulin quickly feels like home and the café is an attractive place to relax in.
- Honesty bar
- Board games
- Free bike hire
- Free Wi-Fi
The newly renovated Room 401 (Comfort Room) at the top of the building with a sloping roof and butterfly-patterned wallpaper is très charmant. There's plenty to look at in every room, from mad collages and zebra-stripe fabrics to retro chairs and desks in lime green perspex.
Comfort, Superior, Deluxe, Junior Suite
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, hairdryer, bottled water, air conditioning, TV, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Cocktails are available in the evening from Thursday to Saturday and there's an honesty bar open until midnight. In the morning, breakfast rolls are served until 10.30am and you can also have them delivered to your room, with a fine selection of cheese, charcuterie, yoghurt and pastries.
Dining room: cosy seating, intimate setting. Open daily for breakfast, 7-10:30am.
Rooms available from £221.92 per night
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