Hotel Particulier Montmartre

Montmartre, Paris, France Book from Eur390

Reviewed by Kate Erith
Opulent suites in secluded Montmartre mansion, oozing originality and ooh-la-la
Venture down the secret passage, and you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve taken a wrong turn. But keep going and the curious Rocher de la Sorcière (Witch’s rock) marks your arrival. Screened behind the black iron gates is the white Hôtel Particulier, surrounded by lush green gardens. You feel a million miles from bustling Paris; instead you are a 5-minute promenade from the postcard-perfect Basilique du Sacré-Coeur.

Inside this classic Directoire townhouse, the 5 strikingly spacious suites are a visual feast; each has been designed by a renowned artist. The result is a stunningly diverse display of contemporary art, centred on creativity and comfort. Downstairs in the Grand Salon, you'll find an impressive menu of French classics with a modern twist in a stylish and elegant surrounding. As evenings draw in, the vibrant Le Très Particulier bar serves fabulous cocktails amid red booths and oversized palms. This is truly fine living à la française.

Highs

  • Lusciously luxurious suites; of a size you don’t often see in Paris, and each one an individual concept by a contemporary artist
  • Owner Oscar Comtet has done a wonderful job of combining traditional charm with modern luxuries, such as adding an enticing cocktail bar
  • Fabulous furnishings throughout, cleverly combining contemporary design pieces with aristocratic antiques
  • Exceptional location; slap-bang in one of the most popular parts of Paris, yet the secret setting offers peace and seclusion
  • Lush garden, with a clusters of iron-wrought tables and chairs scattered in shady nooks; perfect for a summer breakfast or a spring aperitif

Lows

  • Some of the suites have open bathrooms, so you can’t be shy about showering in front of your roommate!
  • If you’re adverse to exercise, be aware that Montmartre is the hilly part of Paris, with inescapable sets of stairs and steep streets
  • The restaurant is only open Wednesday-Saturday for dinner, and at the weekend for brunch. Advance booking is strongly advised, too
  • We've heard reports of noise travelling from the bar to the rooms; it's open until 2am most nights

Best time to go

Spring through to autumn would allow you to enjoy the garden to its fullest; the shaded alcoves and cool shuttered rooms offering a respite from the hot Parisian sun. However, winter (when we visited) offers the perfect excuse for snuggling up in your toasty-warm suite or in front of the fire in the bibliothèque.

Our top tips

Aficionados of conceptual art will be besotted; but you don’t have to have an eye for the artistic to enjoy it here. The sumptuousness of the suites and garden lends itself well to a romantic splash-out.

Great for...

City Style
Family
Honeymoon
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 5
  • Restaurant + bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

The 5 suites range in size (and price). The layout of the suites is fairly unusual: some are centred around open bathrooms. Lounge areas have dinky sofas or delicate chaises longues, immense fitted walnut wardrobes, and unique marché aux puces furniture. Huge windows overlook the garden, when open the only audible sound is birdsong.

The theme of each suite is the inspiration of a different artist. We stayed in vast Arbre à Oreilles (Tree with Ears), a glorious blend of greens, browns and golds. We also loved the tape-recorder hidden in the wall, the idea being you leave a message for the next visitor.

Végétale (Vegetal) was a luminous explosion of colour, with the wallpaper as a focal point. Poèmes et Chapeaux (Poems and Hats) is exactly what it says on the tin. Furnished in stark black and white, hats are incorporated into the room (for example, as lamp shades) while poems printed on paper cards dangle precariously.

Vitrine (Vitrine) plays with the contrast of a classical décor against the display of unusual and provoking objects; it also has a private hammam. Finally, Rideau de Cheveux (Curtain of Hair) was just enormous; taking up the whole top floor of the building. The charcoal-and-crème décor has been kept plain to highlight the room’s centrepiece - a giant photo of 2 women’s faces hidden behind their hair.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Toiletries
  • Tv
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

Breakfast can be served wherever you want. If the weather’s good, your first choice has to be the garden. Its elegance perfectly suits the beautifully presented silver tray, resplendant with steaming pot of coffee, freshly prepared fruit and juice, flaky croissants and crusty baguette (eggs are also offered). On colder mornings you can pick your chair from any of the design pieces in the salon, or choose to sit at a table in the Baroque-style salle à manger, where a full-size guardian angel watches over proceedings.

The restaurant is open for dinner from Wednesday-Saturday (as well as for brunch on weekends), and serves seasonal, French food. You may get Foie Gras or chestnut velouté followed by Rossini beef fillet or deer with puréed parsnips. Puddings are mouth-watering, too. We’re yet to try it out, but reports are good - advance booking is strongly recommended. Since our visit, the Le Très Particulier bar has also opened, carving out a reputation for great cocktails and Friday night DJ sets - be warned, noise can sometimes travel to the rest of the hotel.

Of course, you’re not exactly short on dining options once you wander outside either. Head down the hill to rue Lepic for a choice of cuisines - although remember that you’re going to have to walk back up the steep cobbled street afterwards!

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Head up the hill to the majestic Sacré-Coeur, ascending the steps for one of the best views of Paris - and it is also well worth a visit inside
  • Follow the footsteps of famous ex-Montmartrians such as Utrillo and Renoir by visiting their old house, the Musée de Montmartre in rue Cortot
  • Unleash your inner Gaul and spend the evening watching the world-renowned Can-Can at the nearby Moulin Rouge
  • Wander over to the lively (if touristy) Place du Tertre and watch the wannabe Picassos at work - and maybe risk insult by commissioning your own caricature portrait
  • Meander through the cemetery of Montmartre, searching out some of the celebrated ‘residents’, which include Emile Zola, Dégas and Alexandre Dumas

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Traditional cultures

Kids

Children are welcome. The walled garden is great for younger kids, offering security and space to run around in. However, the hotel may be better suited to children who are a little older and able to appreciate the artistic aspects.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

If you’re a family you might consider booking Rideau de Cheveux, since there is already an extra double bed.

Babysitting:

Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

9/
Rooms
8/
Food
9/
Service
8/
Value
9/
Overall

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