Home Away From Home: Hôtel du Petit Moulin
When your Vera Wang wedding dress comes off, you and your hubby can ditch your designer duds for designer digs and check your newly married selves into the Christian Lacroix-designed Hôtel du Petit Moulin in Paris. Housed in Paris's oldest bakery, dating back to 1900, the hotel, which has preserved its typical French boulangerie façade, is in Paris's trendy, fashion-centric Marais district — in other words, it's the hippest hotel since sliced bread. If a "haute-l" pun were ever appropriate, the time is now: The lodging looks to be one step off of the runway, filled with daring, devil-may-care creations, be it a heart-shaped Venetian mirror on glossy, scarlet-red tiles, a clash of rustic and Zen, or a vividly-hued Jacobsen Swan chair against old-fashioned toile de Jouy wallpaper.
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Like a column of models debuting a new collection, each of its 17 rooms bears 17 distinct atmospheres, ensuring that your honeymoon will be a truly unique experience, differing vastly from that of the über fashionable couple next door and the weekend anniversary escapes you'll squeeze in down the road. Of his fantasy-like design, Lacroix has said, "When I designed l’Hôtel du Petit Moulin in Le Marais, I had the impression of rediscovering an erstwhile childhood dream, left by the wayside. A dream of living in a hotel, building a décor, day after day, in the colors of the times, putting ambiances together into volume and space and not only on paper or through fashion collections." Those with a cookie-cutter relationship might prefer to stay in the Four Seasons or any beige-on-beige chain hotel, but this eccentric boutique hotel is for stylish, unconventional lovebirds. If and when the novelty of your couture suite wears away, you can take pleasure in the reality that you've got Paris and a long marriage awaiting you at your doorstep.