If your vision of Paris involves the scarlet-toned settings once associated with the Moulin Rouge and the paintings of Toulouse-Lautrec, this unusual hotel might be for you. The decor evokes a cross between a mansion and a bordello, with lots with rococo gewgaws, jewel-toned walls, velvet and velour upholsteries, and TV screens that are sometimes encased in gilded frames. “Classic” rooms are the smallest, with space for a tiny table and chairs; the larger “Royal” suites are ideal for the honeymoon crowd, with Jacuzzis or fireplaces, or both. For some, this hotel could be a horror, for others a hoot. The hotel faces Place Pigalle; expect some noise on the weekends. Room rates fluctuate wildly here, so book far in advance; sometimes you can get a small double for as little as 165€.
- Margie Rynn