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Hôtel du Petit Moulin, 3rd Arr. 

29-31 Rue de Poitou
France 75003
Tel: 33 1 42 74 10 10
Metro: Filles du Calvaire or Saint-Sébastien-Froissart
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In the most happening corner of Paris—the northern edge of the Marais in the 3rd Arrondissement—this 17-room hotel with 17 different interiors by designer Christian Lacroix was an inevitable hit with the international style set when it opened in 2005. Hipsters love the location, the laid-back atmosphere, and the lushly funky Baroque look that is Lacroix's signature. Walls in room 302, for example, are covered in anise-colored leather and chocolate-brown canvas, while others are themed around Lacroix croquis (fashion sketches), Toile de Jouy (18th-century French prints), '60s Pop and Op art, Baroque Paris, and the Opéra. What all the accommodations have in common are Wi-Fi connections, air-conditioning, and exceptionally comfortable king beds dressed up in quality linens and accented with fur throws. They're also uniformly snug—best for people traveling light and probably on their own, since there's hardly room for a suitcase in most standard rooms. Still, few hotels have decor with this much wit and taste. Witness the reception area with its painted ceilings, a holdover from the space's former incarnation—the oldest bakery in Paris.


From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
On the fashionable northern edge of the Marais, this eclectic 17-room hotel—each chambre with a different decor by Christian Lacroix—has been an instant hit. The lushly funky look is signature Lacroix, with rooms designed around fashion tropes: Baroque, op art, toile de Jouy. Accommodations make up for their petite size with loads of style and oversized and exceptionally comfortable beds done up in quality linens and accented with faux-fur throws. Not yet runway ready are the breakfast (inadequate) and the service (slack). But then fashion's no stranger to championing style over substance.—2005 Hot List

When to go: Spring and Fall

Which room to book: A junior suite, for a little breathing room

Amenities: Bar/lounge

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