Hotel du Petit Moulin
Hotel du Petit Moulin is the smaller of our Christian Lacroix-designed boutique hotels in Paris. Taking its lead from the gorgeous traditional façade (the oldest bakery in Paris) the style is part classic Parisian, part skewed 60s aesthetic: there's a boudoir feel to the rooms with their lurid Toile de Jouy wallpaper and swirly Baroque murals, while down in the bar/reception, bistro chairs and tables sit alongside 60s-style Arco floor lamps and Tam Tam stools in a rainbow of bubble-gum colours.
You know that Hotel Particulier is going to be a bit special when you read the directions telling you to ring the buzzer at the large gate then follow the cobblestone lane to the Witchs Rock. Inside, meanwhile, it could hardly be cooler, with a handful of wildly creative rooms (courtesy of interiors guru Morgane Rousseau), a cool bar with a smattering of designer furniture pieces from the likes of Mies Van der Rohe and Arne Jacobsen and a lovely tucked away little garden. Beautiful.
Murano Resort Paris
The creation of design duo Christine Derory and Raymond Morel, Murano Resort Paris has a 60s sci-fi feel running throughout it. A fireplace stretches along the entire length of one wall in reception, the restaurant has a ceiling of gleaming white stalactites, while the rooms can be turned into a psychedelic lightshow at the touch of a button.
More Lacroix ooh-la-la: over in St Germain, Hotel Bellechasse is just as fashion-forward as its Marais counterpart. With huge moths, dragonflies, monocled, top-hatted gentlemen and astrological motifs splashed across the walls and ceilings, the brightly coloured rooms have a wonderfully weird, dreamlike quality to them.
Like its sister hotel Murano, there are plenty of gadgets, gizmos and futuristic sci-fi nods at Kube Hotel from the hanging beds to the James Bond-style finger-recognition entry. But despite all the cleverness, it couldnt be more convenient for a quick weekend away in Paris its right next door to the Eurostar terminal, so you can fall out of bed after a night's partying with the BCBG crowd in the hip hotel bar and get straight on the train back to London.