Boutique and Chic Hotels in Paris
By Lionel Paillès
Photographs by Sandrine Alouf
Fifty-two of the most beautifully decorated and luxurious small hotels in Paris are profiled and photographed in this lush little guide. You'll find bohemian hideaways, historic dwellings (often refreshed with contemporary décor), hip bed-and-breakfasts, and ultra cool classics with where to shop and stroll listed with each hotel.
The rooms at one designer hotel, decorated by couturier Christian Lacroix, are variations on the theme of the boudoir, with jewel-like colors and baroque-hip furnishings. Another highly civilized 18th-century townhouse has antiques and chandeliers set off by stone walls and exposed beams. In another, guestrooms were originally artists' studios, with views of a courtyard garden; the lobby/library/bar and dining room is housed in a 60-foot-high indoor tennis court built in the 17th century. All are peaceful and welcoming, enchanting and romantic, the embodiment of the quintessential French "luxe, calme et volupté."
About the Author
Lionel Paillès has written many guides to Paris, including ones on best massages, antique and bric-a-brac shops, and gyms.
About the Photographer
Sandrine Alouf's installation of photographs of clouds along the platform of the RER Luxembourg station in Paris was called "A ceil ouvert" ("Open to the skies").