La Fantaisie – a new landmark hotel in the heart of Paris

Taking root on the bustling Rue Cadet, La Fantaisie is the latest property launched by the family-owned Leitmotiv hotel group. With interiors by Martin Brudnizki, the hotel has been designed as a lush enclave where nature and pleasure go hand in hand…

Bar in the hotel La Fantaisie with wallpapered floral ceiling and vintage lights around a central backlit bar

Historically, Rue Cadet draws its name from the brothers Jacques and Jean Cadet, renowned gardeners in the 16th century, who owned the Clos Cadet and supplied the court with fruit and vegetables. At that time, the street was home to crop-growing fields. With its large, landscaped garden, La Fantaisie builds on this heritage to offer a new concept. Up above, a tree-lined rooftop bar frames panoramic views of Paris and becomes a destination in its own right – a hidden gem in this quartier.

yellow couch with floral details and pink table under an umbrella in a corner of the rooftop garden in Paris

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Conceived as individual havens of peace, the 73 guestrooms and suites as well as the spa and various bathing facilities provide a total disconnection from the hustle and bustle of the urban environment outside. Inspired by the natural world, each key promises a unique stay. Drawing on nature as inspiration, Martin Brudnizki Design Studio has orchestrated interiors with bucolic charm.

lobby in La Fantaisie with wallpaper of foliage on the ceiling, spring green walls and yellow seating

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The colour palette – soft greens, sunny yellows and coral touches – evokes the natural world, creating a soothing and comfortable environment. The choice of luxurious materials is discovered, both literally and figuratively, like a fantasy (or should we say fantaisie), with richly upholstered seats, lavish headboards, ornate walls and ceilings covered with floral wallpaper transports guests into a dreamlike world of nature.

Despite the city bustle of Rue Cadet, you feel drawn into the lushness of a garden in the heart of the city. Martin Brudnizki Design Studio has meticulously selected natural elements such as cane backrests, glass wall lamps that resemble petals and foliage and a mosaic that represents a field of wild flowers and grasses in the spa. Here, you can breathe serenely.

green and white ensuite bathroom with green marble on the vanity and freestanding bath next to window looking onto green plants outside on terrace

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The return of chef Dominique Crenn to France, has been creating waves in the industry as she brings an inspired concept of sharing and creative freedom to the hotel restaurant. Inside, the atmosphere is relaxed and natural light reigns. When the weather is good, the terrace, which extends into the garden, tempts you out to enjoy a longer break. Inspired by an antique garden greenhouse, the restaurant’s glass roof connects the restaurant with the natural world outside and the evolving seasons.

light, bright yellow and green and wicker interior in the restaurant at La Fantaisie in Paris with doors leading onto gardens

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The rooftop bar is surrounded by greenery and the space opens out onto the legendary zinc roofs of Paris. A convivial spot, the bar boasts luscious cocktails and has been designed as a lively, fun and offbeat place to unwind. From this green haven, you can rediscover La Fantaisie from above with its hanging gardens
and veranda flooded with light. The rooftop bar resembles a hidden paradise where pleasure and joie de vivre rule.

yellow chairs and green umbrellas on the terrace outside the rooftop bar at La Fantaisie

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Dedicated to relaxation and wellbeing, the spa’s ethos is based on a holistic approach with its baths inspired by ancient healing rituals and the curative power of underground springs. In the heart of this quiet sanctuary, multiple design features invite nature to flourish, with armchairs upholstered in soft green fabric, mosaics depicting sprouting plants and pools filled with water reflecting the spring green colour of their environment.

yellow and spring green in the spa with a mosaic of plants and flowers inspired by nature

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The architects at Petitdidierprioux designed a hotel that is both a haven for nature and a dynamic neighbourhood landmark. One of the key elements of the project, the facade, has been revitalised. Clad in greyish-green pre-weathered zinc, this new facade pays tribute to the Parisian landscape. Complemented by the building’s copper-covered roofs, a balance between the built environment and the natural world has been created. Set between the neighbouring buildings, the new glazed rooftop area adds dynamism to the street’s skyline, as it stands out as the culmination – and crowning glory – of La Fantaisie’s new architecture.

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