We were quick to visit Montmartre’s Hotel Particulier upon its opening, back in 2007. In a crowded Parisian hotel scene, the establishment’s charm and (family-owned) authenticity immediately struck us. Imagine, if you will, something from a Wes Anderson or Jean-Pierre Jeunet film—only real. The five-room hotel sits behind a gate, among lush gardens, on a private street atop the famed Parisian hill in the 18th arrondissement. Its name directly translates to “private mansion” and that’s exactly what visitors can expect: something homelike, and yet entirely peculiar and graced with design nuances. It was magical then and remains so today, especially in light of the opening of its new bar Le Très Particulier—an animated wonderland of signature cocktails and whimsical decor.
Situated on the ground floor of the building in three separate yet adjoining entities (an interior tropical themed lounge with a well-stocked back bar, a glass covered “sun room” invoking something Lynchian, and an outdoor seating area open year round), the bar features classics as well as signature drinks by their head bartender, Francesco Giordanetto. All of the syrups are homemade and the mixers are top quality. Additionally, tea is served during the afternoon, and a tapas menu exists during the cocktail bar hours.
One of their standout drinks, the Laura Palmer, cites Cocchi Americano, Mastica, a few drops of absinthe, lime juice, white sugar and sage as its components. It’s served in a teacup, lending the illusion of delicacy, when in fact it packs a refreshing punch. There’s also the most curious punch in all of Paris, which requires a two-day preparation period to make. The bar, designed by Pierre Lacroix, is open to everyone, not just hotel guests, and warrants a visit for the environment alone.
As for the restaurant, dining also takes place outdoors year-round, on many of the tiered gardens designed by Louis Benech, the architect who renovated the Tuileries Gardens. Dinner is served Wednesday to Saturday, and there’s brunch on Saturday and Sunday. Regarding dinner, there are two tasting menu options, both of which strike a balance between fresh and hearty. And when the weather requires shutting down the outdoors, the restaurant shifts service to both their Le Petit Salon (a small red room complete with taxidermy) or their great dining room.
Each of the five rooms in the hotel offer a distinct, almost immersive design theme. During our visit, the team was updating the deluxe suite—a vast penthouse space featuring a spiral staircase, porcelain bath, large-scale art and a set-off second bedroom. The entire space is well-lit, with a windowed seating area set into one wall. It measures in at a massive 85 meters squared.
The two “Junior Suite Superior” options, each 45 meters squared, reflect two vastly different identities: one typically Parisian, with nostalgic flourishes, and the other hyper-modern and minimal. Similarly, the two “Junior Suite” options, at 35 meters squared, provide stark contrast, though both luxuriant: one is classic, while the other highly eccentric and covered in fairytale-like wallpaper.
Book a room at Hotel Particulier online, with prices starting around €400 a night. Reservations are not necessary for the bar, but are strongly encouraged for the restaurant. Hotel Particulier is located at 23, avenue Junot, Pavillon D, 75018 Paris.
Images by David Graver