Hotel Particulier Montmartre
- Style Art-house opulence
- Setting Serene secret garden
With a Mid-century Modern slant offset by aristocratic antiques and avant-garde art, Paris' Hotel Particulier Montmatre is a luxury retreat brimming with gorgeous visual surprises, where each room has been decorated by a different contemporary artist. The arboreal etherealness of a bedroom wallpapered to look like a Technicolor forest is buttressed by an elegant garden, perfect for a relaxing mid-morning croissant and café au lait.
Need to know
- Rooms Five suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $373.63 (€271), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast, €25.
- Facilities Garden, library with dozens of contemporary art and design books, CDs and DVDs, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD/CD, minibar, Annick Goutal products.
- Check–out 12 noon, but flexible, depending on the next guests. Check-in, 3pm.
Children Although there are no dedicated children’s facilities, little ones are welcome and baby cots or extra beds are provided free in parents' rooms.
- Also The hotel can arrange in-room massages and hairdressing. You may smoke in the garden only.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Hôtel Particulier’s handful of suites were all designed by Morgane Rousseau, with featured works by different artists, and each is packed with personality. We’d stay in Trees with Ears for the name alone, but it’s also invitingly spacious, draped in tactile velvet and full of antiques. Vitrine, created by sculptor Philippe Mayaux, is a saucier stay altogether, with its cabinet of highly suggestive blown-glass objects and a big steam room. The arboreal wallpaper in Jacuzzi-equipped Vegetal makes you feel as though you’re sleeping in a light-dappled forest glade.
- Packing tips Your chosen artistic medium – paints, camera, or sculpting materials – the hotel is steeped in art, and some of the inspiration is bound to rub off.
- Also The garden – an unexpected delight in the midst of bustly Montmartre – is as much as work of art as the rest of the hotel. Landscaper Louis Bénech (who also created the Jardin des Tuileries) has woven the serene and leafy space with shady nooks and a tinkling fountain.
Food and drink at Hotel Particulier Montmartre
- Hotel restaurant Hôtel Particulier serves dinner Wednesday to Saturday only, from 8pm: expect high-falutin' French classics, such as foie gras with grilled figs drizzled in the hotel's own honey; roasted monkfish with fennel confit and squash purée, and pears poached in red wine. Breakfast consists of fresh fruit, tasty pastries and fabulous coffee. On Sundays, there are brunch sittings at 12 noon and 2.30pm.
- Dress code Glam and quirky: think Weimar or Vivienne Westwood.
- Top table Take summer breakfast or tea alfresco, at one of the little wrought-iron tables among the flowers.
- Room service Soup, charcuterie, cheeses and wine are on offer until midnight.
- Hotel bar Le Très Particulier is open Wednesday to Saturday, from 7pm until midnight. It is located in the very cool main salon, where an array of iconic furniture includes an original Arne Jacobsen Egg chair. As well as a well-chosen wine list and spirits selection, there's a seasonal cocktail menu – look out for Absinthe-laced Montmartre Juleps, or the elderflower, mandarin and basil-scented Impérial Martini (it might be an idea to order one of the deli platters of cheese or charcuterie to go with those…).