HOTEL DE BOURG TIBOURG
Part Gothic boudoir, part Moroccan harem, the décor of this Empire town house in the Marais (apparently Paris’ version of London’s Notting Hill) district is more like a fantasy film set than a hotel. Especially if that film were a more colourful version of the Addams Family.
Beyond the wrought-iron front doors, the lobby is a dimly lit mixture of neo-gothic, Oriental and period French, with heavy curtains, chests and ornate gold lamps. Downstairs, things get even more dramatic in the stone-walled cellar/breakfast room where blue, leopard-print throne chairs and a huge wall tapestry are lit by black-metal chandeliers complete with flickering, flame-shaped bulbs. From the lobby, a warren of narrow corridors lined in red-velvet leads to 31 rooms. Uniformly dark and small (except on the relatively light sixth floor), they feel like secret dens, and it’s hard to tell if it’s day or night from within.