Millions of tourists travel to Paris each year to visit the city famous for its captivating architecture, unique culture, lively art scene, and its remarkable historical monuments. Oh, and the food, mustn’t forget that! As is well documented here on Hello Peagreen I visit Paris reasonably regularly, usually two or three times a year, and just like all the other design tourists I am always on the lookout for somewhere special to stay, or to stop for an afternoon meeting. It also helps that my very close friend Lisa lived in Paris for a year in the fabulous 7th arrondissement (although I’m very glad to have her back in Brighton these days). She was able to give me a local’s inside track on gorgeous places to visit – she’s well aware of my penchant for fabulous wallpaper so sent me to a yummy Paris cafe with flamingo wallpaper in its toilet on my last visit in January for Maison & Objet.
With apparently more than 30 million tourists searching for hotel rooms each year, Parisian hotels are designed to inspire. And Paris has so much to offer visitors, over the course of 3 blog posts I’m going to share my favourite hotels to get a design fix. These will be the perfect place for dedicated interiors fans and for interior design professionals to lay their heads after pounding the tree-lined boulevards and shopping up a storm in the flea markets of Paris.
First up is the Hotel Bachaumont designed by Dorothée Meilichzon, who also designed the Henrietta Hotel in London. What you might not know is that she trained as an industrial designer at Strate School of Design and at the Rhode Island School of Design. In 2009 she set up her design studio
The rooms are bright, simple, but still elegant with statement headboards that are something of a Studio Chzon trademark – upholstered in Pierre Frey I’ve been told. The rooms are also bedecked with bespoke furniture and a few signature golden touches using brass in light fittings and trimmings. Meilichzon has created a space that welcomes you home.
In contrast, the Fauchon l’Hôtel Paris opened last year inside two Haussmannian mansions transformed by architect Richard Martinet and is the first of a planned chain of boutique properties that the Parisian confectioners Fouchon intends on opening. Best known for their beautifully crafted desserts, they even have designer éclairs in partnership with brands like Lacoste, Thierry Mugler and Givenchy, expect the same sensual indulgences throughout the hotel. The uber-chic interiors are quite a sight to behold, simply oozing 5-star luxury. The hallways and public spaces, designed with the brand’s distinctive black, white and magenta colour scheme have notable “gold” accents, luxurious deep velvets, and opulent lighting features.
The 54 rooms are bright and airy with impeccable herringbone dark wood floors, brass accented wardrobes and many have Juliette balconies overlooking the street. I’m particularly taken with the monochrome geometric and stripes used in the deluxe rooms paired with a delicate rose colour. And if that wasn’t enough each room features a gourmet mini-bar (by Roche Bobois) stocked with complimentary Fauchon fine food products for guests. In fact, the hotel is a hedonist’s delight, especially with Grand Café Fauchon being a gourmand’s idea of heaven plus there is the option of the Grand Café (with its fabulous
Then there is the ultimate intimate hotel in the heart of the artist quarter of Montmartre, the Hôtel Particulier. Hidden away in a lush, wild garden created by Louis Benech, this exclusive family townhouse whose interiors were designed by its owners, Morgane Rousseau (who purchased the property in 2007) and her son Oscar Comtet. It’s been no easy ride either as this 19th-century building is historically protected, having been the home to members of both the Hermès and Rothschild families. Each room is unique with either an interesting colour scheme or unusual and inspired furniture choices. Every design tourist will appreciate the gentleman’s club feel of the Le Trés Particulier bar and the newly opened Grand Salon in all its warm neutral glory. The draw here though, is it’s hidden from view location and its luscious verdant walled-garden.
At the end of a long day wandering down the wide, tree-lined boulevards, I think we all appreciate being able to relax in a gorgeous Parisian hotel. Especially when the spaces are designed to make you swoon. And I hope that this first collection of
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