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Hotel du Petit Moulin is a beautifully quirky “couture” boutique hotel in the Marais. The building was originally Paris’ first bakery, and the original frontage has been preserved so that you feel like you are entering a classic Boulangerie every time you return to your hotel room.
Inside, the rooms, designed by Christian LaCroix, are also filled with eccentricities, from wildly clashing wallpaper prints to huge murals and colorful patterned tilework in the bathrooms. Some are more flamboyant than others, but all maintain a sense of fun, color, and style. Overall this is not a hotel for those who like a muted palette and a neutral atmosphere.
This is very much an intimate boutique experience – there are only a total of 17 rooms, including an attic Junior Suite. This allows every room to be completely unique. Some have a decadent baroque feel to them, some feature nods to Parisian fashion and architecture, and some are sleek and contemporary.
The location is one of the hotel’s best features. As well as being only a stone’s throw away from the Picasso Museum, it is just a 10-minute walk to most of the bars and clubs in the Marais. There are two gay bars just around the corner: seedy cruise bar Le Mensch and local favorite One Way, popular with a leather and bear crowd. If you want your night to go further, CUD, a small trendy late-night gay club, is just 5 minutes away.
♥ Absolutely one-of-a-kind
♥ Walking distance to most Paris gay nightlife
♥ Le Mensch and One Way, two popular gay bars are just around the corner
♥ Stunning designer rooms by Christian LaCroix