What is it? Hotel Jules, the latest addition to Singaporean Grace Leo's GLA portfolio, is named after a character in Francois Truffaut's cult film Jules et Jim. Leo, who wanted something other than a typical boutique hotel, merged styles from the 1950s, 60s and 70s for a look that's part retro and part funky, but still cosy with kitschy touches. Where is it? The hotel sits in one of Paris' most-eclectic neighbourhoods, the 9th arrondissement. The area has an artsy, boho vibe, complete with quaint bistros, antique stores and apothecaries. It's just a few hundred metres from major department stores Galerie Lafayette and Printemps. What about the rooms? There are 101 rooms including six junior suites (above right), featuring lacquered wood beds, funky red or yellow walls, velvet curtains and Dali-style sculptural lips on the wall. Each suite is located on its own floor, reached via a private entrance. Is there anything else? The hotel is quite small but still comes equipped with all the modern facilities travellers need, from wireless internet (including a pod-style station in the lobby) and rain showers to meeting and fitness rooms. There is a lobby bar and, in the basement, a 50s-style American diner, where guests can take their breakfast. What's the bottom line? A standard room starts at Euro210 (HK$2,400) while a junior suite starts at Euro425. Hotel Jules is at 49 Rue La Fayette, Paris, France, tel: 33 1 42 85 05 44; www.hoteljules.com .