Paris is a very sexy city but even the most laissez-faire of Parisiennes might clutch a pearl or two upon entering Château Voltaire. The intimate 31-room and one-apartment hotel – owned by fashion maverick Thierry Gillier of Zadig & Voltaire fame – is a fabulous den of iniquity in the chic and central 1st arrondissement. It was made for misbehaving, from the seductive little onyx-wood-panelled bar La Coquille d’Or (open into the early hours) down to its sensuous cream-stone indoor pool and sauna (where guests can reserve an hour just for themselves).

Château Voltaire, Paris

Room 53 isn’t the property’s largest offering – that would be the Voltaire Suite, with its rooftop terrace and a Picasso on the wall – but it has its own unique charm: accessed by a separate flight of stairs from the fifth floor, the space sits snugly beneath the rafters and has an enticing view of the city’s rooftops.

Château Voltaire, Paris

The design by art director Franck Durand and interior architects Festen is pure decadent elegance. Durand is best known for his work with quintessentially French label Isabel Marant, among other brands. Château Voltaire is his first hotel and it shows, given the property feels more like a stylishly appointed pied-à-terre. It’s the kind of place where you’d spy a supermodel late in the evening, having one last drink in the bar before skipping off to bed.

Château Voltaire, Paris

And oh, the beds! They’re like a river of the softest ivory cotton and big enough for three in the more generous guestrooms. But really, you only need one alluring partner for the night: a room service delivery of chocolate mousse. It comes fresh from the hotel’s restaurant, Brasserie l’Emil, in a glass bowl the size of a soup tureen, ready for an indulgent evening under the covers.

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