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T+L Reports: Murano Urban Resort

Folded into a stolid 19th-century building on a hectic Haussmann thoroughfare, the 52-room Murano Urban Resort offers itself up as a hipper-than-thou, early-21st-century alternative to the Parisian palace hotel. To woo a fast, pleasure-seeking crowd whose summer sandbox is St.-Tropez and winter escape is Courchevel, the Murano, on the northern fringes of the Marais, deploys a freshly scrubbed Pop aesthetic. Christine Derory and Raymond Morel—flush from designing the Villa Royale across town—have filled the hotel with Roy Lichtenstein-style lithographs of Bacall and Bardot, tulip chairs, and sheer organdy curtains stitched into miles of rippling folds. Bathrooms are immaculate essays in chrome and slate. And did we mention the chesterfield sofa in the salon central?All 23 feet of it are covered in white leather. Murano Urban Resort, 13 Blvd. du Temple, Third Arr.; 33-1/42-71-20-00; www.muranoresort.com; doubles from $488.
—Christopher Petkanas

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