Hotel Particulier is certainly not a place for a no-frills, budget break. Designed by Morgane Rousseau, it’s a five suite townhouse set in beautiful landscaped gardens. The décor is arty – from one room to the next you might stumble across a wealth of original artwork here, a lime green bathroom with extravagant Rococo furnishings or a wall of bitter chocolate velvet there – and bordering on the fantastical.
One suite is called ‘Trees with Ears’, for example; another, created by sculptor Philippe Mayaux, ‘Vitrine’, contains a cabinet of highly suggestive blown-glass objets. ‘Vegetal’ is an arboreal dreamscape where walls are covered in images of trees, so it’s unclear where the garden beyond your grand Parisian windows ends and indoors begins.
In spite of all the high-artiness, though, the atmosphere at Hotel Particulier is unstuffy, and more like that of a private home. Having the run of a large garden is a rare find in a city hotel – let alone in the centre of Paris. What’s more, the garden has been designed by the man behind the city’s Jardins Tuileries, and is the perfect place to escape the crowds.
- Iconic furniture, cool commissioned art and an total lack of formality
- The gorgeous gardens
- The chic location
- The bar is only open Wednesday to Saturday
Need to Know: Hotel Particulier
Number of rooms: 5
Check-in/check-out times: 3pm and 12noon
Room service: Yes
Swimming pool: No
Spa: No. But in-room massages can be arranged.
Dogs welcome: Yes. But only small dogs are allowed.
Eating and drinking: Although there’s no restaurant at Hotel Particulier, soup and cheese can be ordered via room service while private dining can also be arranged. But the hotel is situated right in the heart of Montmartre, which is packed full of typical Parisian restaurants. Try La Mascotte (52 Rue Des Abbesses, 75018) an Art Deco-inspired restaurant which has been serving up its delicious house speciality (lobster) to locals since 1889.
Near to? Located in the 18th arrondissement of Montmartre, the romantic Sacre-Coeur and the Espace Dali (an underground museum housing a permanent collection of the surrealist’s work) are both on the doorstep. If it’s shopping you’re after, Montmartre offers some great one-off vintage stores and also the nearby Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen – a huge open-air flea market with over 2,000 stalls open Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Getting there: Orly and Charles de Gaulle Airports are both around a 35-minute taxi ride away. Alternatively, the most relaxed way to reach the city is on the Eurostar (eurostar.com). Paris’ Eurostar station, Gare du Nord is just 10 minutes away by taxi. The closest metro stations are Lamarck Caulaincourt on line 12 or Blanch on line 2.