Hôtel du Petit Moulin
Completely adorable, from original gilded ceilings to spiffy polka-dot carpets, the Hôtel du Petit Moulin occupies the façade of two listed buildings in the Marais: an old hotel and an even older boulangerie, where Victor Hugo allegedly bought his brioches. Couturier Christian Lacroix has decorated the hotel in a kaleidoscope of genres and eras, creating a chic fairyland of deep shagpile, antique wallpapers, oversized fashion sketches and lots and lots of colour. The rooms provide endless oohs and ahs and the bathrooms are well up to the most refined expectations. Exuberant as it is, it’s not for social show-offs; it’s a cosy, secret-feeling bolthole, with a guests-only bar, done up wittily with a mixed collection of designer chairs, bright Formica tables and a petite zinc-topped bar.