Hotel du Petit Moulin Hotel 4 star
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29-31 Rue du Poitou Paris, France -
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Le Petit Moulin is a hotel with an intimate feeling, run by a lady who had it decorated in a very original way. You won't just sleep in this hotel, you will also immerse yourself in a warm, velvety ambiance. The decorative concept is that each room is different. The colours and materials are a real visual shock albeit a pleasant one.

This hotel review is a translation from the French by the agency Traductéo.

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    Location 8.14 /10

    Located in a small and quiet street of Paris's 3rd arrondissement, Le Petit Moulin has the advantage of being within walking distance of several very pleasant districts: without any great effort, you will reach the Marais and its narrow streets via Place des Vosges, most probably one of Paris's most peaceful squares, with the garden in its centre and its listed brick buildings all the way around it. A few museums are also accessible on foot: the Beaubourg, Picasso and Carnavalet museums, and as far as nightlife is concerned, you won't need to go far for that either: just let yourself be carried by the crowd towards Place de la Bastille, where bars, restaurants and clubs abound, catering for all tastes. The nearest underground station is Saint-Sébastien Froissart, on line 8.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    It is difficult to describe the guestrooms of this hotel as everything is exuberant, colourful, dynamic and fascinating as long as you like follies, exuberance, mixed materials and colourful and dynamic wallpapers and upholstery. The hotel has 17 rooms only - the ambiance is extremely intimate. The owner and Christian Lacroix clad these 17 guestrooms with a different attire for each one but this doesn't mean that the style is pretentious or elitist haute-couture, or snobbish; the decoration of the hotel is an accomplished blend of styles. There are just four categories of rooms available and no suites, but rooms differ in size depending on the category. The hotel constantly sways from the historic style, referring to the origin of the building - solid wood parquet, beams on the ceiling, and a more lively and colourful contemporary style. You will see zebra stripes on one wall, flowery wallpaper on another and patterns re-creating retro designs thanks to a new range of very dynamic colours. In one of the rooms, renovated furniture is to be found, such as 'empire' style armchairs covered with modern upholstery, or 1970's chairs, covered with contemporary cushions. The atmosphere is all at once retro, baroque, rococo, although not excessive, displaying just enough colours to surprise the guests without offending them.

    Overview 7.70 /10

    The Hotel du Petit Moulin is one of those rare and delightful exceptions, a unique place, far away from standardized hotel chains. Everything is surprising here, nothing leaves the guests unmoved, different worlds meet in in one point. Starting with the tasty story of the building, this place sends guests far away from the usual setting of any hotel: Le Petit Moulin is housed in a 17th century building, which used to house Paris's oldest bakery, opening in 1615. In this venerable and ancient (although not outmoded) building, almost everything is listed as a historic object or feature. The front made out of wood, the signboard stating 'boulangerie' and especially the 1900 glass paintings on the entrance ceiling and on the façade are unique and splendid works of art. At the far end of the hotel, a 17th century staircase made out of solid wood and with carved railings, is one of the major and sumptuous elements of the building. Decorated by Christian Lacroix, the hotel is a successful blend of ambiances, with a definite liking for contrasts, without taking it too seriously however, just for the fun of spending time in a completely different world. Here you will step into a tortuous, sinuous, colourful world, not only because of its decoration pulsing with colours and styles but also because of the crooked architecture inviting guests to a certain escapism.

    To know

    Christian Lacroix designed the interior of this hotel - he renovated three hotels in Paris and Le Petit Moulin was one of them.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • A small intimate hotel
    • Very original decor created by a designer
    • Two parking spaces provided free of charge

    disadvantages

    • No suites
    • The view of the street is uninteresting
    • The bar reserved to the guests only

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