Hotel Particulier Montmartre, 18th Arr.
Tel: 33 1 53 41 81 40
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Tucked down a romantic stone-paved lane in Montmartre, the five-suite Hôtel Particulier is an extraordinary guesthouse that skillfully demonstrates how edgy modern design and Old Paris can work in utter harmony. This magnificent eighteenth-century Directoire-style mansion surrounded by intimate gardens created by Louis Bénech, one of the landscape architects who renovated the Tuileries, combines snappy contemporary looks with a lot of comfort. Each of the five rooms has a distinct personality; among the standouts is the third-floor Vegetal room, designed by contemporary artist Martine Aballéa, who created a view-from-a-tree-house wallpaper in green, blue, and vermilion. The designers of the other four rooms are photo artist Natacha Lesueur (room theme: Curtain of Hair), painter Philippe Mayaux (Vitrine Room), fashion and textile curator Olivier Saillard (Poems and Hats), and illustrator Pierre Fichefeux (Tree with Ears). Finnish designer Mats Haglund, who has worked for Chanel, furnished the salon on the ground floor with originals of classics by Arne Jacobsen, Mies van der Rohe, and Alvar Aalto, and guests, as interesting as the hotel itself, linger in this handsome space with an honor bar.2008 Hot List
When to go: Paris is at its best in June, September, and October.
Which room to book: Vegetal is a real charmer, but the most romantic of the five suites is the bizarrely named Curtain of Hair, a loft created in the attic.