Discover the hidden Paris with our definitive guide to the city’s best-kept secrets
WHERE TO STAY
At his beautiful bed and breakfast Les 3 Chambres, Laurent Rougier eases you into the day with a scrumptious breakfast served in the book-lined lounge of his 1830s house, between Montmartre and the grands magasins. The three luxury rooms are the epitome of elegance and comfort, marrying antique furniture, rich carpets and tasteful furnishings with modern trappings including flat-screen TV, Wi-Fi, iPod/iPhone deck and coffee machine. Rooms from €194 a night.
Les 3 Chambres, 14 Rue Bleue, 75009 Paris
Tel: (Fr) 1 42 47 07 42
HOME FROM HOME
If you want a peaceful retreat in the capital, La Villa Paris is a bed and breakfast housed in a charming 1920s red-brick mansion tucked away between the Butte aux Cailles neighbourhood and Parc Montsouris. The affable hostess Marie offers three rooms with an en-suite shower and a fourth with a large marble bathroom and Jacuzzi. Luxurious king-size beds ensure a sound night’s sleep and breakfast is a feast. Guests have access to a kettle and fridge in the communal kitchen and are given a key to the main door. Doubles from €125.
La Villa Paris, 33 Rue de la Fontaine à Mulard, 75013 Paris
Tel: (Fr) 1 43 47 15 33
Métro: Maison Blanche
The Paris-Oasis guesthouse, run by Hélène and Jean-Louis, is an enchanting place to stay near the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre. The five fully furnished flats are of different sizes to accommodate singles, couples or families, and each has a bedroom, en-suite shower room, toilet and kitchenette. African masks, paintings and statues are scattered throughout the property, and other delights include a garden and indoor swimming pool. The one-person apartment costs €90 a night and the other four apartments are from €140 for two (minimum stay three nights).
Paris-Oasis, 14 Rue André-del-Sarte, 75018 Paris
Tel: (Fr) 1 42 55 95 16
Métro: Barbès-Rochechouart, Anvers
The Hôtel du Petit Moulin is a four-star boutique address in the Marais district, not far from the Centre Pompidou arts complex, and decorated throughout by the fashion designer Christian Lacroix. Combining two 17th-century buildings, the hotel has retained its 19th-century painted storefront – a nod to its past life as a boulangerie that included the writer Victor Hugo among its customers. Each of the 17 rooms is individually decorated, with bold, clashing colours, lush fabrics, Venetian mirrors and 1960s furniture. Doubles from €195.
Hôtel du Petit Moulin, 29 Rue de Poitou, 75003 Paris
Tel: (Fr) 1 42 74 10 10
Métro: Saint-Sébastien-Froissart, Filles du Calvaire
Contributor: Régine Godfrey
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