During my recent Paris trip, I stayed at Maison Souquet. This Small Luxury Hotels of the World shot straight to the top of my favorite hotels list. Located right around the corner from the iconic Moulin Rouge, the décor plays heavily on the properties history as a brothel. Apparently for few years around 1905, the mansion functioned as brothel. The décor was designed by Jacques Garcia and relies heavily on sumptuous red velvet.
The jewel box hotel bar is the perfect setting for both a pre- and post-dinner drink. The cocktails are delicious, and the wine list is great. A major plus: the bar is actually patronized by local Parisians not just hotel guests!
It’s hard to find a better ending to spending the day being jostled by tourists in the Louvre than some private pool and sauna time. Each guest receives a private hour in the hotels subterranean pool and sauna. The pool is dark, quiet and very relaxing.
The rooms are small which is what I also expect to find in Europe, but they are beautifully decorated and well cared for.