Recognized for its high-end choices in addition to charming boltholes, the French capital is as enticing to resort builders as it’s to vacationers. “Paris continues to have a few of the highest charges of luxurious improvement on this planet for a significant city heart,” says Bruce Ford, senior vp and director of worldwide enterprise improvement at Lodging Econometrics. With 11 resorts and 1,782 rooms set to open this yr, in accordance with information benchmarking firm STR, the spate of current improvement will accommodate throngs of returning guests, particularly as town prepares to host the Summer time Olympics in 2024. Amongst these new choices is the Cheval Blanc Paris. Proprietor LVMH reworked the Artwork Deco La Samaritaine constructing into the 72-room resort with the assistance of New York architect Peter Marino, who celebrated the constructing’s historical past with considerate moments like patinated bronze and white marble chandeliers in guestrooms and gilded bronze openwork that seems all through.
Close by, French architect and designer Charles Zana refurbished an unique Haussmann constructing into the Kimpton St Honoré Paris on Boulevard Haussmann, including fashionable touches, together with an indoor pool and rooftop terrace whereas repurposing two Artwork Nouveau elevators into workstations.
Bulgari added Paris to its rising roster of resorts with the 76-room Bulgari Lodge Paris, which landed on Avenue George V in December with a design by Milan agency Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel (ACPV) that references Italian Renaissance structure. “Lots of the luxurious resorts in Paris are thought-about grande dames, however we needed to create one thing that felt completely different, evoking the sensation of a resort particulier however situated within the Rive Gauche,” says ACPV cofounder Patricia Viel. “The resort feels glossy and complex but additionally like a spot you need to keep and chill out.”
Just a few luxurious properties additionally revamped their interiors. Le Prince de Galles, a Luxurious Assortment Lodge, unveiled its exalted Lalique suite and debuted Akira from the Michelin-star chef of the identical title; Lodge Costes transformed the previous Lodge Lottí into its newly related Castiglione wing, with 20 suites designed by the late Christian Liaigre; the 112-key Lodge Bel Ami reconfigured eight first-floor rooms into 5 glossy Left Financial institution residences; and the 48-room Lodge Bowmann was overhauled by French designer Laurent Maugoust final September with every ground painted a unique colour.
The Metropolis of Gentle’s improvement continues apace, with London-based designer Anouska Hempel lending her experience to the 50-key Monsieur George Lodge & Spa, hotelier Ori Kafri including the 29-room J.Ok. Place Paris to his assortment of boutique resorts, and French designer Fabien Roque reworking the previous Lyon d’Or cabaret into the 51-room Maison Albar Accommodations Le Vendome, which revives the spirit of the period by “combining intimacy, luxurious, and amazement,” he says.
Right here, we shine a highlight on 4 that proceed to remake Paris through a contemporary lens.
The Hôtel Elysia
Housed inside a Haussmann constructing close to the Champs-Elysées within the stylish eighth arrondissement, the Hôtel Elysia “is a romantic story that performs with the codes of Parisian clichés,” says native designer Oscar Lucien Ono. The nine-month-long restoration revealed a up to date look starring dramatic components like Francois Mascarello’s bas-relief interpretation of Gustav Klimt’s Kiss that sits behind the reception desk and Le Bayadère restaurant’s tackle Henri Matisse’s La Danse, boasting voluptuous shapes that mingle with wooden and brass below smooth lights. The 39 rooms and suites are awash in heat hues of pale pink and inexperienced, complementing moldings and woodwork typical of Haussmann-style interiors. A extra muted palette of grey and white within the public areas enable the neo-Artwork Deco accent items to shine, notably statues discovered all through the property that recall these by Auguste Rodin and Alberto Giacometti.
The Saint James Paris
Paris-based designer Laura Gonzalez and hotelier Olivier Bertrand have labored collectively for practically a decade. And their partnership continues to show fruitful with the opening of Bertrand’s newest, the Saint James Paris, a reimagination of a neoclassical château within the sixteenth arrondissement that features a tremendous eating restaurant, library bar, and serene spa. That includes a mélange of basic and up to date design notes that recreate a Parisian townhouse evocative of French ‘artwork de vivre,’ Gonzalez refreshed the curvilinear gilded black wrought-iron staircase, in addition to the millwork and coffered ceilings within the unique library. A extra audacious spirit is expressed in frescoes that stretch throughout 50-foot-long ceilings and mix-and-match patterns that cowl partitions. Whereas many moments are understated, drama unfolds within the 48 guestrooms, the place plaster chandeliers by sculptor Patrice Dangel are placing centerpieces. “We handled the rooms and suites as if we had been adorning a house slightly than making use of a resort mindset,” she says. “By steering away from the newest traits, the décor won’t ever be outdated as a result of it’s in concord with the venue.”
Hôtel des Academies et des Arts
Académie de la Grande Chaumière, the artwork college straddling Montparnasse and Saint-Germain-des-Près, has helped to nurture legends like Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, and Tsuguharu Foujita since its founding in 1904. Hôtel des Academies et des Arts, which opened simply throughout the road in late 2021, honors its neighbor’s previous by recreating the ambiance of a Belle Époque-era atelier. At this latest addition to the Adresses Hôtels assortment, visitors absorb works from up to date artists and sketch for hours on the daybed couch within the salon-like lounge. There’s a “feeling of being at house,” says Stéphanie Lizée, cofounder of native design follow Lizée-Hugot, noting that the considerate placement of furnishings conjures “the concept of stripping, of stability, as in an artist’s studio.” Within the 20 guestrooms, as an illustration, one in all which Amedeo Modigliani frequently painted in, Lizée opted for a palette of pure supplies like lime plaster, darkish oak, and black glazed terracotta. Half of the lodging are enlivened by Franck Lebraly’s ceiling frescoes that nod to Cubism and Surrealism, however “the attention of the traveler is caught,” provides Lizée, by different “sturdy components—a black-and-red-striped stool, the reflection of a stainless-steel lamp, and wall hangings in tawny silk.”
Hôtel Madame Rêve
Native agency Dominique Perrault Structure spent practically a decade rehabbing the imposing late-Nineteenth-century Louvre Submit Workplace within the 1st arrondissement. Now sporting a decidedly up to date two-story indoor sky backyard (and shortly, a rooftop terrace), it homes restaurateur Laurent Taïeb’s 82-room Hôtel Madame Rêve. Taïeb, who additionally serves as inventive director, oversaw the nice and cozy, honeyed interiors, characterised by swaths of walnut contrasted with oak furnishings, velvet curtains, and playful Zellige mosaics. “My good friend, Andrée Putman, impressed the resort’s colour scheme,” explains Taïeb, referencing the late inside designer’s motto, “life should be golden.” Artworks from the likes of Marie José Benvenuto and Olivier Masmonteil are showcased within the public areas, together with the panoramic Japanese-influenced La Plume. In contrast to this pared-back restaurant, the ground-floor Mediterranean brasserie with 26-foot-high ceilings “expresses my fascination with the Viennese Secession,” says Taïeb, declaring how the chandeliers draw from Wiener Werkstätte cofounder Josef Hoffmann’s oeuvre. “They’re actually harking back to historic grandeur.”
This text initially appeared in HD’s February/March 2022 situation.
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