“Opulent suites in secluded Montmartre mansion, oozing originality and ooh-la-la”
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.
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!
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.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
If you’re a family you might consider booking Rideau de Cheveux, since there is already an extra double bed.
Babysitting is available by arrangement.