Giant butterflies, outsized stripes, a curtained bathroom, riotous colors... if you like an eclectic-contemporary design, this tiny, well-priced boutique hotel around the corner from the Musée d'Orsay won't disappoint. French fashion designer turned sought-after interiors star Christian Lacroix masterminded all 33 boisterous rooms and the public spaces of Le Bellechasse, set on a small street in a quiet but central corner of the elegant seventh arrondissement.
YOU SHOULD KNOW As chic as they may be, a discord of patterns and colors creates a certain amount of visual noise in these small spaces.
Each compact room design is unique, but all blend fabrics, textures, and colors, as well as Lacroix's whimsical characters screened on the walls and ceilings.
There is one Privilege room with a private terrace, ostensibly for smokers but a nice addition whether you indulge or not.
In a few of the guest rooms the bathroom is enclosed, but most are an open-concept design, with a curtained bathtub and a sink set in a corner. All rooms have a separate toilets.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Privacy is not a strong point in the open-plan bathrooms. If this is an issue, be sure to request a standard bath when you book.
Mismatched velour-and-leather armchairs mingle with quasi-neoclassic art and floral tiling in the small but welcoming lobby. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook an elegant courtyard where drinks can be had in warm weather from the honor bar.
A limited continental breakfast or a full buffet breakfast, including some hot and plenty of cold options, includes quality French pastries, gourmet juices, teas, and coffees.
The lobby bar offers a choice of wine and drinks, and at happy hour (each night from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.) already reasonable drinks are slashed to half price.
2 minutes to RER C, direct to Versailles and the Solferino metro station. A 10-minute walk across the Seine to the Concorde station serving line no. 1, Paris's central line. This quiet upscale Left Bank neighborhood, bordered by Saint-Germain, the Seine and a residential area populated with elegant apartments and government buildings, is central to many Paris sights and around the corner from all the shopping and restaurants of Saint-Germain. Around the corner from the Musée d'Orsay, and a scenic wander to the Musée Rodin, it's also a short walk across the Seine to the Tuileries gardens, the Louvre, and the Champs-Élysées.
Le Petit Varenne (5-minute walk down the Rue de Bellechasse), is the perfect spot for an authentic French bistro meal that's so good—and so well priced—don't be surprised if you end up a regular. A few doors away, Laiterie Sainte-Clotilde (same owners) is a warm and friendly bistro specializing in healthy, French-inflected comfort food paired with yummy natural wines. Equally nice for lunch or dinner.
This is not a neighborhood known for nightlife, but there are plenty of nice cafés for a glass of wine or apéro all day and well into the night. If your heart is set on cocktails, however, hop over the bridge to the elegant Meurice hotel's famous Bar 228. Not a budget option, to say the least, but full of atmosphere, and you may even be served by one of Paris's legendary barmen. In nearby Saint-Germain, Tiger and the Prescription Cocktail Club (both within a 15-minute walk) are chic spots for sipping a craft cocktail, and Freddy's Wine Bar (on the rue de Seine) serves up meticulously sourced natural wines and small tapas plates for snacking.