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April 2015
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The Maison Souquet: 1900s charm

La Maison Souquet © La Maison Souquet 

Jacques Garcia was inspired by the former function of the establishment – a brothel (!) – in devising its warm and luxurious décor. On the ground floor, several small salons lead onto a winter garden, where one can admire several portraits of elegantly undressed women! The 14 bedrooms, 6 junior suites and two apartments bear the names of famous courtesans: Liane de Pougy, La Païva…and each is completely different to the next, all representing sophistication and breath-taking luxury! Influenced in turn by the Empire, Napoleon III, Indian, Chinese, Japanese and Art Deco styles, you can count up to 120 different materials. Which is our favourite? Number 403, a junior suite covered in mauve with mirrors on the slants surrounding the bedhead and the Belle Otéro, inspired by Napoleon III, which is adorned in green and outlined in black. The bar is reminiscent of a cosy library with a monumental fireplace, piano, books and games, where guests are served tea, black truffle hot chocolate or an aperitif. But the highlight has to be the Salon d’eau: the starry-ceiling spa with its hammam and a 10m swimming pool… A.F.-M.

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