Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, a Hidden Parisian Oasis

Amid the bustle and heat of Paris, this discreet boutique hotel offers respite and luxury to guests lucky enough to visit.

At the very top of Paris, between the Sacré Coeur and the Moulin Rouge, down a private passageway and behind a wrought iron gate, lies a hidden sanctuary – the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre.

What was once a private residence, built in the 1940s and owned by the Hermès family, now offers a peaceful refuge from the hustle of the city for the few who are blessed to stay the night.

The hotel’s history extends beyond its premises and into the alleyway, Passage de la Sorcière, down which it’s located. Legend has it that a spring named ‘La Sorcière’ once flowed there, and an elderly woman who lived in the building where the hotel now lies was renowned among locals as a witch – hence the name of the passage, sorcière (meaning witch).

Although no mystical beings inhabit the space now, the former Directoire-style mansion possesses a magically serene feeling. Newly renovated in 2022 under the direction of current owner Oscar Comtet – and with the help of interior designer Pierre Lacroix – its five suites now each have their own unique themes and corresponding furnishings.

Spread over two levels, the hotel offers a place for retreat and inspiration. At the heart of this oasis is a glass-roofed restaurant with wallpaper depicting the Garden of Eden. One of the hotel’s most remarkable features is its beautiful 900m2 garden, designed by architect Louis Benech, landscape architect for the Tuileries garden, Quai d’Orsay and L’Élysée. The garden is a veritable plant paradise, where silence is interrupted only by birdsong and the sound of pétanque balls from the club next door.

For a moment away from the business of Parisian life, the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre is an enchanted interlude.


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