Standing proud on a wide boulevard at the edge of Paris’ achingly hip Marais district, the MURANO hotel’s unadorned facade reveals little of the fabulous flamboyance hidden within. Playful, fun yet somehow still sophisticated, this urban resort is an intriguing mash-up of quirky design, evocative lighting and technological innovation, perfectly executed to stimulate the senses. No where is this more true than in its 52 rooms and suites, which are opened by fingerprint ID and feature discreetly placed customisable lights controlled from a bedside panel according to guest desire. In addition to mood-suiting lights and other such hi-tech gadgetry, rooms also come equipped with natural argon oil amenities, pillow menus and extra-wide beds. Two of the suites even come with private, outdoor heated swimming pools for the utmost in luxury.
Downstairs, the acclaimed MURANO restaurant spreads across a five-metre high main dining room, two cosy lounges and a sun-drenched terrace. The avant-garde kitchen offers delicate, creative and refreshingly healthy cuisine equally suited to meat-lovers and vegetarians. The hotel bar is no less impressive, offering a staggering 180 types of vodka, as well as live music during the week and house DJs every night. The bar, in fact, is really two bars separated by a plate glass wall: one bright, white and dominated by a room-length fireplace, the other warm and panelled in red. Housed in a glass box in the rafters above, the DJ overlooks both spaces while spinning music all night long. Four additional rooms serve as perfect venues for private events or business meetings.