The Notre Dame is housed in a 400-year old building at the heart of the ancient alleys of historical Paris. Its architecture, unsurprisingly, reveals sometimes shaky floors, crooked ceilings and ancient wooden beams. Christian Lacroix, the decorator responsible for the marvellous interior, made light of this beautiful and noble structure, and the modest size of the building. He has created a dynamic and inimitable setting, and the fine, prestigious address is bursting with colour and imagination. There is no beating about the bush here: the lack of space means there is no huge lobby or oversized reception area. Instead, the reception extends into the breakfast room with views of Notre Dame cathedral. This is the only common room in the hotel, and a large printed canvas stretched across an entire wall pays tribute to the place's history, depicting an ancient engraving of Paris in which the hotel building itself is present. The hotel is decorated by Lacroix, and is a fabulous patchwork of colours and materials, with fabrics on the wall next to large printed sheets printed with riotous and poetic patterns. Lacroix hunted around for his decor, tracking down the wooden clock in the shape of a miniature Notre Dame in the breakfast room. It is a collector's item and gives an amusing reminder of where you are. The hotel has a bar open only to guests.