Tucked away from the crowds which throng Montmartre, this 19th-century family house has been transformed into a trendy hotel by young entrepreneur Oscar Comtet. The interior has a light, chic and romantic atmosphere, with just five suites across the three floors. Each suite has its own distinctive decor and features works by a different artist to create an atmosphere that oozes style and sophistication. The Vitrine suite focuses on cosiness and warmth with its velvet drapes, padded walls and thick carpets, while the ultra-contemporary Poems and Hats suite is an elegant blend of black and white.
Guests can enjoy a cocktail in the Très Particulier bar before dining in the Mandragore restaurant, where chef Thibaut Spiwack combines colours, textures and flavours according to the seasons in weekly-changing menus.
Le Jardin Des Plumes, Giverny, Eure
As the location of Claude Monet’s house and stunning gardens, as well as the Musée des Impressionistes, Giverny in Normandy is a must-see for any art aficionado, and Le Jardin des Plumes makes a convenient place to stay if you want to prolong your visit. The restored Anglo-Norman manor dates from the early 1900s, and combines art deco and contemporary design. There are eight stylish bedrooms, divided between the main building and the Atelier annexe. Owner/chef Eric Guerin’s Michelin-star restaurant maintains the art-deco theme and is a light-filled space that looks out on to the spacious grounds. Open from 1 April to 31 October 2017.
It’s not often that one gets the chance to stay in a Unesco World Heritage site, let alone a work of art. Part of the architect Le Corbusier’s 1954 Cité Radieuse Unite d’Habitation, one of the most important building projects of the 20th century, the hotel is the only one he designed.
The 21 rooms, which were intended to welcome those visiting residents of the Cite Radieuse, include compact 16m2 cabins designed for one or two.
These are the same as those found in the neighbouring ‘machine for living’ apartments and served as a model for the monastic cells of his Couvent de la Tourette in Lyon. Those wanting more spacious accommodation may want to consider one of the deluxe doubles with a sea view and balcony.
The hotel is immaculately designed throughout, featuring furniture by Le Corbusier himself, as well as replica lampshades by his collaborator Charlotte Perriand and colourful modernist artworks. Positioned a little further from the centre of Marseille than many hotels, it is nonetheless only a 15-minute walk to the métro, where there is easy access to the oldest districts. The hotel has its own swimming pool and gourmet restaurant.