Hôtel Maison Souquet
Hôtel Maison Souquet has ripped up the rulebook dictating what a luxury hotel should be. This is no sprawling, palatial space with shiny square footage to spare. Every inch here has been lovingly, lavishly decorated with a kind of mash-up of fin de siecle abandon, gold-bedecked Oriental exoticism and moody romanticism. And all the while allowing for plenty of dark corners where it feels like one could indulge in all manner of misdeeds, in keeping with the naughty history of Pigalle. Although, of course, those are best left to the deeply romantic guestrooms.
And who could resist? Each bedroom at the Hôtel Maison Souquet is an exercise in sumptuous, sensual design, with a few thousand peacock feathers here, a splash of gold leaf there. And all feature thousands of metres of silk on the walls. Rooms start at “decadent” and just get better from there, thanks to designer Jacques Garcia’s opulent touch. They also all have Hermes amenities in the bathrooms, just for good measure.
There are book and mirror festooned, wood panelled salons where guests can order liqueurs and cocktails, nibbles and meals, as they sink into the rich, velvet upholstery and soak up the atmosphere. Think: 1001 Nights. The Hôtel Maison Souquet also has a spa with its own hammam, and a swimming pool. All guests have to do is request the private key and they can swim beneath a star-strewn ceiling. But in-room massages can also be arranged on request, should you not be able to tear yourself away from your Art Deco styled guestroom.