The Moulin Rouge has been turned into an Airbnb – and we spent the night


Voulez-vous coucher…at the Moulin Rouge? Grab an additional pair of knickers (or not!) and pack your toothbrush as a result of for the first time in its 133-year-old historical past the moulin has been remodeled into an exquisite Airbnb – and we acquired an unique peek. While Airbnb provides wild windmill stays throughout the world, maybe none are as iconic as this one on Paris’s Boulevard de Clichy in Montmartre.

Starting on Tuesday, 17 May at 1pm EST, anybody with a verified Airbnb account and optimistic scores could have a shot at reserving one in every of three nights (13, 20 and 27 June) inside the 270-square-foot windmill. What’s extra, it’ll solely price €1 – together with dinner, a efficiency of the longstanding present Féerie, and backstage entry to satisfy your Airbnb host (and principal dancer) Claudine Van Den Bergh and the artisans affixing feathers, beads, and rhinestones to the present’s made-to-measure costumes.

As an adopted Parisian for over seven years – now – and a lover of the stage and sequins – I used to be giddy at the thought of sleeping atop the famed nightclub throughout a media preview. Rather than being one in every of the hordes of vacationers snapping selfies from the boulevard beneath, I’d get to photobomb them – however I’d should be affected person. The room reveal would occur after the 9pm present, which contemplating its run of over 20 years now was barely hokey and outdated, however nonetheless an entertaining 90 minutes stuffed with snakes, clowns, nipples, thongs, and jaw-dropping acrobatic feats. I sat at one in every of the theatre’s 4 unique two-tops (tables are in any other case communal) throughout the three-course meal, curated by resident chef Arnaud Demerville. It was tasty and seasonal: a tartare of inexperienced and snow peas with uncooked prawns, monkfish with buttery braised cabbage, and an ‘After Eight’-inspired chocolate tart. Our coups, after all, had been by no means empty.

I used to be hesitant to drink an excessive amount of, although, as a result of the solely draw back to sleeping inside a centuries-old windmill that’s in any other case been used for storage is that there’s no en suite lavatory. To attain the nearest lavatory, I’d should stroll outdoors onto the terrace, descend a set of stairs, and enter the membership subsequent door, Le Bar à Bulles. It wasn’t that dangerous, however as soon as was sufficient so as an alternative of pairing my pyjamas with heels to brush my enamel alongside partygoers nonetheless sipping Champagne post-show (professional tip: pack slippers), I did as they did again in the early 1900s and stuffed a porcelain bowl with water to scrub up in the room. 

This brings me to the house itself. It’s superb – completely out-of-this-world dreamy. Less horny boudoir and Lady Marmalade, extra romantic fairytale and Lady Mary. With hovering 16-foot-high ceilings, from which pastel materials drape over hanging wrought-iron hen cages and feather lighting fixtures above the four-poster mattress, it’s stuffed to the brim with vintage furnishings and decor from the Belle Epoque.

Amplify Design Agency spent a couple of month scouring flea markets and classic shops sourcing supplies that embrace bedside tables stacked with books by Voltaire, a conceit adorned with fragrance bottles the place beaded necklaces and crochet gloves are hung over the mirror just-so, and love letters written in a cursive script one can solely describe as passionate however illegible. While the largest renovation problem included scrubbing and portray the round partitions and swapping a crimson carpet for a beige jute one, the facelift in any other case took a couple of week.



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