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SIN CITY: Having dreamt up the occasional hotel suite (notably Le Cabaret at Le Pradey hotel), lingerie maven Chantal Thomass has set her sights higher. Her latest project is an entire hotel designed along the theme of the seven deadly sins.

Of the three-star Vice Versa — the latest boutique hotel opening from the Compagnie Hôtelière de Bagatelle — Thomass said, “There was the ground floor, plus six. Once I started thinking of seven, the theme of one vice per floor just came to me.”

She admitted to a particular fondness for “Lust,” featuring pink-and-black rooms with lashings of lace, as well as “Envy,” where guests will find luxury accessories, jewelry and fragrances worked into the decor in trompe l’oeil.

“It’s about all the pretty Parisian things fashion lovers dream of,” noted Thomass, who threw in Heaven (a pristine white lobby with wide sofas in quilted leather) and Hell (the basement hammam) for good measure.


Vice Versa Hotel Paris
213 Rue de la Croix Nivert, 75015
Tel.: +33-1-55-76-55-55
Doubles start at 109 euros ($141).


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