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Hotel suite bedroom with pink accents on bed and mosaic floor, in Fauchon L'Hotel Paris

Fauchon L’Hotel Paris: Where rock & roll, design and luxury hospitality meet

730 565 Hamish Kilburn
Fauchon L’Hotel Paris: Where rock & roll, design and luxury hospitality meet

Briefed to expect the unexpected, Gareth Thomas sets off on a Parisian adventure – far removed from chichés but still in the beating heart of the action – and checks in and checks out Fauchon L’Hotel Paris, where a bold interior design scheme juxtaposes heritage architecture in the heart of the city…

Hotel suite bedroom with pink accents on bed and mosaic floor, in Fauchon L'Hotel Paris

Ahhh Pareee! (Paris!) – La Ville Lumiere (the City of Light) – the undistributed home of haute couture, elegant interior design and a historical destination for those seeking that ‘je ne sais quoi’ when it comes to matters of the heart.

While being a traveller in Paris comes naturally to most – people watching from a corner café isn’t exactly a difficult lifestyle to adapt to – operating a hospitality business amongst the city’s backdrop is anything but simple. Any new-kid-on-the-block hotel (even for Fauchon L’Hotel Paris, which is owned by one of France’s most iconic confectionary luxury brands) therefore needs to work hard in order to make a statement in a city littered with luxury hotels. Fauchon L’Hotel Paris shouts loudly, yet elegantly, by aiming to seamlessly harness and blend Parisian fashion cues, confident design aesthetics and even a nod to a rock-and-roll mindset, all housed in a traditional and effortlessly beautiful Haussmanien building.

The hotel’s natural playfulness and signature hot-pink touches are boldly and sensitively injected alongside the original design by renowned architect Richard Martinet who worked together with Atelier Paluel-Marmont. The juxtaposition of ‘new design meets old architecture’ feels intentional, and is further heightened when guests walk through the doors to experience celebrated French artist commissions that are hung throughout the public spaces, by names such as Aristide Najean and Monica Nowan.

Since opening in the summer of 2019 – the last travel season before the pandemic brought global travel and hospitality to its knees – Fauchon L’Hotel Paris unveiled itself as a house of innovation and excellence. The boutique hotel, which has remerged from the pandemic with bounds of character, lives up to its reputation by being a feast for all the senses that capture first impressions.

The sensory mood is set from arrival, within an elegant yet fun library that is complete with roaring digital fireplace and cosy intimate seating arrangements, with those signature hot-pink accents evident throughout. Champagne and delicious macarons – the only cliché, I promise – tantalise the tastebuds. Beyond what you can see, the hotel’s rich, indulgent, and very captivating, bespoke fragrance lingers delightfully in the air, further proving that attention to detail is paramount in the desired aim to deliver on this full sensory experience.

The public areas – from the discreet seating located throughout the public spaces to the exquisite dining room adorned with further art and sculptures that gives guests a more private gastronomic experience away from the elegant but busting Fauchon Café – further help communicate and elevate the brand’s contemporary yet refined hospitality experience.

Each of the hotel’s immaculately designed and decorated 54 rooms and suites frame the classic Parisian city view, with some extending to include a balcony view of the Eiffel Tower – truly la crème de la crème!

The rooms themselves are spread across two interconnected buildings and this is where the triad of fashion, design and unapologetic rock and roll truly meet through the hotel’s defining concept of G.L.A.M:

  • Gourmet – gastronomy is the signature Fauchon experience that is the focal point of the brand experience
  • Location – located in the heart and soul of central Paris, there is no escaping the energy and delights of the city
  • Attention and experiences – bespoke is the name of the game, each room is unique, and each guest deserves a unique and special experience.
  • Mesdames – femininity is celebrated and prioritised at every stage of the hotel design experience.
A Deluxe room inside Fauchon L'Hotel in Paris, with gold headboard

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Guests checking in to one of the split-level suites on the top floor of the hotel will be provided with a 360-degree living experience. A lower ground-floor bedroom, with queen-sized bed is complete with punches of colour on the linens, which give way to a sizeable and well-thought-out bathroom designed for the discerning traveller in mind, complete with a walk-in shower area with full rain shower experience and complimentary mood lighting around a generous vanity mirror.

Within each room, the sound system is a timeless reminder of what music used to mean. A modest record player sits, harmoniously adding value to the authentic hospitality experience, while creating further texture to the overall design scheme. A selection of classic vinyl albums are also available to either listen to, either in private serenity or while throwing open the multiple balcony doors. There is something aptly satisfying about usurping digital experiences we have all grown accustomed to in favour of an analogue process that is more grounded, more tactile, and more expressive. It may be an obvious reminder of the rock-and-roll personality (depending on which album you select) the hotel presents to its guests – but this particular guest loved every second!

Split-level suite, featuring guitar on the wall and record player

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The playful quirkiness of the Fauchon brand extends upstairs into the living area of the suite where the famed mini bar is displayed pride of place. Less functional drinks cabinet, more exhibition focal point, the elegant, custom-designed pink armoire installation designed by Sacha Lakic is stylishly graphic on the outside with a metallic multi-faceted finish, whilst the interior houses all the goodies and you would expect from a hotel belonging to the house of Fauchon.

From one memorable gastrnomy experience to another (though tempting to not leave the beautiful suite), The Grand Café Fauchon is a dining spectacle that awaits both guests and loyal Parisian diners and imbibers. Its design and service pays homage to the founder, Auguste Fauchon, whose legacy is celebrated here each day through Fauchon’s passionate commitment to pleasure, quality and fierce dedication to ensuring the quality of the products used and sold are from the best producers in France. These pillars, keeping the hotel relevant in the congested luxury hospitality arena of Paris, are upheld by the culinary mastery of the Fauchon chefs – three of France’s finest: François Daubinet, Head Pastry Chef; Frédéric Claudel, Executive Chef du Grand Café Fauchon and Sébastien Monceau, Executive Chef de la Maison Fauchon.

As day turns to night, the hotel’s restaurant comes to life with an eye-catching chandelier display that seems to dance above diners in what look like fishnets. This area allows guests a more secluded and private eating experience, away from the energetic and bustling public Cafe location. The design of this space reflects that intention with a relaxing yet opulent colour palate with nods to classical design sitting in harmony with the signature Fauchon modern touch.

Fauchon L’Hotel Paris, refreshingly not simply defined by its F&B offerings, is more than a base during your time in this vibrant city. It is a hotel that confidently matches – dare I say even contributes to the energy of – the awesomeness of Paris. The hotel earns its right to be a ‘destination’ in its own regard and cleverly achieves its aim to bring together the worlds of fashion, design and music, collectively which deliver its unique personality. If you are looking for a hotel experience that is distinctly Parisian but at the same time distinctly unique then Fauchon L‘Hotel Paris is for you.

> Since you’re here, why not check out our editorial series on the hottest hotels to open in 2022?

Main image credit: Fauchon L’Hotel Paris

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In pictures: Inside Bvlgari Hotel Paris

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In pictures: Inside Bvlgari Hotel Paris

Three years since the concept of the luxury hotel appeared on our radar, Bvlgari Hotel Paris has opened. The new hotel, designed by Italian architecture firm Antonio Patricia Viel, alongside the renowned Parisian architects Valode & Pistre, promises an experience that mingles Italian excellence with the magnificent culture of the City of Lights…

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In the heart of the world-renowned Golden Triangle of Paris, Bvlgari Hotel Paris has opened. Breaking with the traditional codes of the Parisian architecture, the elegant building that shelters the new luxury hotel enriches the eighth arrondissement with its contemporary style. For Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts, the opening marks a harmony between two cultures in design as well as hospitality. “We are particularly proud to add a French jewel to the Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts collection, the opening of the new Bvlgari Hotel Paris,” said Jean-Christophe Babin, CEO of Bvlgari. “Following the recent opening of the Bvlgari flagship store in Place Vendome, it is an honour for us to bring, once again, the best of the Italian design, lifestyle, culture and luxury hospitality to Paris.”

BH Paris Lounge, fireplace

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As with all of the Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts, the Bvlgari Hotel Paris has been designed by the Italian architecture studio Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel. Both the interior and exterior have been created with the same attention to details and precision of a Bvlgari jewel, enhancing all the characteristic codes of the establishments developed by the Rome-based jewellery house. The Bvlgari Hotel Paris offers 76 rooms, of which 75 per cent are suites, featuring terraces and loggias. Each one is designed as a private apartment and is exquisitely furnished with the highest quality luxury furniture brands. In addition, the artwork and photographs of celebrities closely linked to the Maison add that touch of personality characteristic of the Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts.

Perched atop the building, the Bvlgari Penthouse illustrates the pinnacle of this approach. Across more than a total of 1,000 sqm of which 400 sqm interiors and 600 sqm exteriors and on two levels, the Bvlgari Penthouse features a fully landscaped hanging garden, filled with Mediterranean plants and fruit trees, and offers a panoramic view over the emblematic buildings of the French capital.

Bvlgari Hotel Paris penthouse suite at night

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The highlight of the hotel’s culinary offering is “Il Ristorante – Niko Romito”, curated by the three Michelin star Chef, Niko Romito. Romito has created this concept for all the Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts with a blend of modern and classical Italian dishes using ingredients that are the essential characteristics of the culture, elegance and vitality of the ‘Made in Italy’ ethos.

Adjacent to the restaurant and facing the hotel garden, the Bvlgari Bar expresses the full generosity, elegance and spirit of the House and is set to become one of the most sought-after gathering places in western Paris. Located just next door, the Lounge – with its plush armchairs, massive fireplace, and ceiling inspired by a Bvlgari minaudière – is a desirable place to gather. Spanning 1,300 sqm on two levels, the Bvlgari Spa at Bvlgari Hotel Paris offers a unique experience, with its 25-metre swimming pool, one of the longest in any Paris luxury hotel. The fitness space, featuring state-of-the-art technology and entrusted to Workshop Gymnasium, has been exclusively created for Bvlgari by Lee Mullins, and includes a private studio.

Luxury pool inside Bvlgari Hotel Paris

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What’s next? Well, Bvlgari Hotel Paris is the latest creation in the Bvlgari Hotels & Resorts collection, which includes properties in Milan, Bali, London, Beijing, Dubai, and Shanghai, as well as upcoming openings in Rome (2022), Moscow (2022), Tokyo (2023),Miami (2024) and Los Angeles (2025).

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A guestroom inside M Social

M Social arrives in Europe with hotel opening in Paris

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M Social arrives in Europe with hotel opening in Paris

Millennium Hotels and Resorts is marking the first outpost for the M Social brand in Europe, with the opening of M Social Hotel Paris Opera on August 31. The new lifestyle offering will merge the ‘elegance of the historical Parisian lifestyle with contemporary design, vibrant art and inviting rooms’ to create an enchanting retreat for guests to gather, work and discover all that Paris has to offer. Let’s take a sneak peek inside…

A guestroom inside M Social

Following the opening of M Social in New York’s Times Square earlier this summer, lifestyle hospitality brand M Social is about to open a new hotel in Paris. M Social Hotel Paris Opera, which will shelter 163 rooms, will become the brand’s debut hotel in Europe when it opens later this month. Located at 12 Boulevard Haussmann, the hotel is in the heart of Opéra making it within walking distance to some of the city’s most famous landmarks including the Louvre, the Sacré-Cœur and the Moulin Rouge. To cater to a new diverse community of travellers, EUR 5.4 million was spent on refurbishing the former Millennium Paris Opera into more contemporary lodgings.

“People are in search of new and exciting experiences. M Social is all about creativity and passion. Combine this with the hotel’s central location and you have a winning formula to satiate travellers’ wanderlust,” said Mr Kwek Leng Beng, Executive Chairman of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Limited. “With Europe re-opening, this is an opportune time for us to introduce M Social to this key gateway city.”

A hub for explorers, M Social Hotel Paris Opera features spaces that are designed to be accessible, comfortable and practical to guests’ needs with rooms that offer sweeping views overlooking the famous Boulevard Haussmann. The hotel is conveniently located near major shopping, art and cultural attractions of the Paris Opera district. Guests are guaranteed to experience Paris like a true Parisian in the heart of the city of lights escaping the hustle and bustle in timelessly stylish surroundings.

Step back in time to 1920s elegance as soon as you walk through the revolving door into the hotel’s Art Deco foyer, made of marble surfaces, ornate chandeliers and a glass-roofed cupola. StudioCaid, the creative architects behind the newly renovated areas, describes the design concept as an exchange of styles that emphasises the contrast between classic and modern. They have incorporated into the design the artistic styles of the surrounding iconic infrastructures such as the Opera Garnier and the Louvre to create the “Hotel of Today”. Each room holds the history of Les Années Folles (in English “The Roaring Twenties”) and the future of M Social Paris. The newly renovated rooms allow guests to have an authentic Parisian experience within the comforts of today’s modern world. Accommodation choices range from cosy yet spacious Signature rooms that give views into the hotel’s peaceful inner courtyard to Grande Sweetie suites that offer separate living areas and breathtaking views of the Opera Garnier or the Sacré- Cœur.

The M Social brand was launched in Singapore in 2016. Millennium Hotels and Resorts plans to grow the brand in more cities with strong character, to capture diverse stories and build up a vibrant and creative community. M Social Hotel Paris Opera is the fourth location for the brand with other outposts in New York, Singapore and Auckland.

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PARIS PREVIEW: What to expect at MAISON&OBJET and Deco Off 2020

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PARIS PREVIEW: What to expect at MAISON&OBJET and Deco Off 2020

As Paris prepares to welcome designers from around the world for Maison&Objet and Deco Off, editor Hamish Kilburn previews what he expects to be the most significant products to launch at both shows… 

Maison&Objet and Paris Deco Off never fail to attract and engage a large international crowd, and with just days until this year’s shows open, 2020 is going to be no exception.

Despite the two events contrasting in style – one dominating the volume of Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte on the outskirts of the city with a variety of brands, and the other spilling out into the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés – together they work harmoniously. As a pair, they are undoubtably two of the hottest events in the design calendar, intriguing more than 80,000 design enthusiasts to descend onto the streets and trawl through the exhibition halls of Paris.

Many would argue, myself included, that both shows have become the go-to destinations to garner and guage the product launches and new styles from leading suppliers that are expected to dominate the market over the course of the rest of the year. It is for that reason, and the fact that there sea of interior design trends flooding the market, why Paris a quality trip worth taking in January if you are looking to cut through the noise for interior inspiration.

However, as someone who has walked the six halls and the narrow streets, it’s wise to approach Maison&Objet and Paris Deco Off as a marathon, and not a sprint. In order to give you a headstart, here are just some of the product launches and new collections that we expect will create the most noise this month.

Zaha Hadid Design: Hall 6 — Stand P38 (M&O)

Image of abstract glass plate

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Interpreting the ordinary into something unexpected. Referencing Zaha Hadid’s process with each new project – ZAHA HADID DESIGN (ZHD) continues to examine its significance within the dialogue of contemporary design by interpreting both the present and the future, and by continuing to share Hadid’s story.

ZHD, which has been led by co-directors Maha Kutay and Woody Yao since 2013, has an extensive cross-disciplinary portfolio which includes design in fashion; jewelry; limited edition furniture; interiors; exhibitions, installations, sculpture, and set-design.

NANOLEAF: Hall 1 — Stand G49 (M&O)

Image of lounge funky lights above comfy sofa

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Founded in 2012, but only recently exciting the hotel industry with its modular lighting design, is NANOLEAF. The lighting company prides itself on creating innovative lighting solutions that are smarter by design. By infusing artistic design and technological innovations in their products, NANOLEAF brings excitement, convenience, and joy to the way people experience light. NANOLEAF is a green technology and “IoT company” changing the world with innovative lighting solutions.

The newly introduced Unified Light Panels Line with interconnectivity will give users complete design freedom to create all new creative configurations, from abstract geometric layouts to perfect replicas of their favorite characters and shapes. The Unified Hexagons invite users to truly tap into their imagination to personalize their lighting designs.

NARDI: Hall 6 — Stand M111

Birdseye view of pink outdoor furniture

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NARDI Italian manufacturer of outdoor furniture 100 per cent Made in Italy that is furiously waving the sustainability flag. The company, which was founded in 1990 and based in Italy, is specialised in designing and producing high-quality designer furniture in resin for outdoor use in the residential and hospitality sectors. All of its products, designed for people’s wellbeing and relaxation, are made in a production chain that is entirely “Made in Italy” and are eco-friendly. High-quality resin processed using cutting-edge systems is combined with aluminium, synthetic fabrics, padded elements and glass to make products with a design that is original and almost completely recyclable.

OGO Furniture: Hall 6 — Stand C80 (M&O)

An aray of quirky seatsOGO is a brand with roots that comes from the Spanish islands. The mild temperatures have marked the serene and peaceful character of the company’s products, so that guests can enjoy the open air.

Nacho Timón and Ana Llàcer, both Valencian designers, together with the OGO creative team have developed an original collection created to be practical and useful. A key aim for OGO is to not limit designers when decorating a space. Exhibited at the show, LOLA by OGO is a minimalist, versatile and unique piece that is ideal for a contemporary hotel lobby.

PEDRALI: Hall 6 — Stand J2 / K1 (M&O)

Studio image of four varying sized chairs with blue and pink background

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Since 1963, PEDRALI has produced seats, tables, complements and lighting exclusively manufactured in Italy through a design process, which combines tradition and innovation, engineering excellence and creative brilliance. The latest collection, Folk, is the result of an accurate research aimed to create industrial design products made of metal, plastic materials, wood as well as upholstery.

Following the cornerstones of a 100 per cent made in Italy production philosophy, the company’s activity is joined by a profitable collaboration with numerous designers that has allowed the company to achieve an award-winning status in the international contract market.

Arte Showroom – 6 Rue de l’Abbaye (Deco Off)

Showroom with large colourful, jungle-like wall

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Following the unveiling of an army of new and adventurous collections in 2019 – as well as hosting an insightful roundtable – Arte’s showroom in Paris is preparing to lift the lid on more new wallcoverings for 2020. Arte wallcoverings adorn the walls of both residential homes and project interiors in more than 80 countries worldwide. Every year, an in-house team of experienced designers creates several new collections. All of these new products must be innovative and trendsetting while also being of superior quality. The wallcoverings vary from urbain sophistication to dramatic exuberance, but they always retain the same tasteful elegance.

If 2019’s eclectic mix of surfaces is anything to go by, then the showroom will be well worth a visit during Paris Deco Off.

Designers Guild – 4 Rue Vide Gousset (Deco Off)

Residential set with grey sofa and plants

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Designers Guild is introducing a distinctive new season abundant with an elegant mellow richness. Spring 2020 examines the influence of the early twentieth century garden designers and their innovative use of natural wild planting – pushing the boundaries of style just as its artistic and literary counterparts of the Aesthetic Movement also did. Discover a decorative fabric collection of floral prints, elaborate embroideries and complex geometrics, plus versatile textured wallpapers and four new plain and essential fabric textures. Imagined in every organic hue, from earthy sepia, birch and hemp, to celadon, emerald and topaz with hints of azalea and turmeric. With beautiful new home accessories too, a new paint collection inspired by the soft, soothing shades of nature and new collections from the company’s brands.

Jab Anstoetz – 25 Rue du Mail (Deco Off)

Yellow and pastel coloured chairs around white modern table

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Since 1946, Jab Anstoetz has been showing its true colours in textile furnishings at the highest level of quality. The Bielefeld-based group of company’s portfolios is continuously growing, setting new trends in interior decoration with a sure instinct. Among its range: textile furnishings, wallpapers, flooring lines (carpets, wall-to-wall carpets, LVT), high-quality curtain rods, blinds and panels, upholstered furniture as well as exclusive accessories.

Jean Paul Gaultier – 325 Rue Saint-Martin (Deco Off)

Colourful chair and curtain in front of leaves

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This time the influences in Jean Paul Gaultier’s new collections are taken from the pop universe, where the fortune teller and the work of the macrame makers blend naturally into magical landscapes of floral opulence and the third dimension and other graphic waves. The introduction of the first two outdoor fabrics continue the mix of playing with nature, but still with a nod to the influence of pop and even rock.

Kobe – (Deco Off)

Modern furniture with glass windows

Image credit: Kobe

Kobe is a successful editor of soft furnishing fabrics and wall-coverings for domestic and contract interior markets and will be among the leading suppliers exhibiting in the neighbourhood during Paris Deco Off. Kobe has showrooms and offices in major European cities and has a passion for interior design is paramount, with a strong focus on innovative high-quality products.

Rubelli – 11 Rue de l’Abbaye (Deco Off)

Catering for all contract needs, Rubelli is keeping tight-lipped around the launch of its new textile and wallcovering collections in Paris later this month. The company is, however, promising us new textures and new colours that are both smart and iconic, timeless as well as contemporary. The collection will be one to be seen, to be touched, to be experienced, to be loved. Following last year’s show, where the company launched a colourful display of new textiles, wallcoverings and partnerships, the showroom is expected to be among one of the most popular during Paris Deco Off 2020.

Zimmer + Rhode (Deco Off)

Green and yellow armchair in front of red backdrop

Image credit: Zimmer + Rohde

Raising the curtain on the ZR autumn collection – CIRCUS. The CIRCUS collection combines spectacle with precision and skill, whisks you away to a magical world, and shows that a great passion lies behind every true virtuoso.

If you or a company you know of are launching a new product or collection in Paris later this month, and you would like it featured on the Hotel Designs website, then please contact the editorial desk with description and high-res images.

Main image credit: Kobe

Disneyland Paris hotel portfolio sold for €240m

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Disneyland Paris hotel portfolio sold for €240m

Benson Elliot and Schroders have acquired the three hotels that sit within the €240m Disneyland Paris hotel portfolio…

A joint-venture led by UK-based private equity real estate fund manager Benson Elliot Real Estate Partners V, LP (“Benson Elliot”) and Schroder Real Estate Hotels (“SREH”, formerly Algonquin) has acquired three hotels (the “Portfolio”) totalling 1,183 rooms in Disneyland, Paris. The themed hotels, which are adjacent to one another, were acquired off-market in two separate transactions for a total investment of circa €240 million.

Dream Castle and Magic Circus, both four star hotels, were purchased from Austrian real estate developers Warimpex / UBM, while Explorers was purchased from a JV managed by SREH. The investment is structured as a 50/50 JV between Benson Elliot and a consortium of private investors advised by SREH.

“The Portfolio represents a collection of high-quality, cash-flowing assets being acquired at a substantial discount to replacement cost,” said Marc-Olivier Assouline from Benson Elliot Principal. “The hotels present opportunities to optimise value and grow income through targeted refurbishment programmes. Benson Elliot has built a strong track record in the hotel sector,with over €1 bn in hotel investments and dispositions in just the last five years. This transaction marks another partnership with the former Algonquin team, with whom we have worked successfully in the past.”

“The Disney market has experienced almost uninterrupted growth for the last 15 years.”

Disneyland Paris is Walt Disney’s only European theme park and Europe’s most popular tourist destination. The Disney market has experienced almost uninterrupted growth for the last 15 years, set to be driven further by Disney’s €2 billion expansion plan, which will be rolled out from 2021 and is the most ambitious project undertaken since the park opened in 1992.

Developed between 2003 and 2007, the Portfolio has a profitable trading profile and generates strong cash flow. Whilst the assets have benefitted from substantial investment, significant opportunities remain for the JV to create further value through the implementation of targeted asset management initiatives.

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JO&JOE opens in Paris with longest house-warming party

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JO&JOE opens in Paris with longest house-warming party

The design hotel in Paris “where youth hostels meet hotels” opens with interiors by global architecture and design studio PENSON…

After first launching in 2017 in the city of Hossegor, JO&JOE has opened a hotel that shelters its disruptive design concept in Paris. The brand, which was launched by Accor in 2016, is described as a “a vibrant living space, a home that is open to the external world and designed to meet the expectations of Millennials and all those who value sharing, spontaneity and experience”.

JO&JOE is a hybrid hospitality concept, a mix of hotel and hostel, called Open Houses, offering a completely fresh experience in terms of design, dining options, service and customer experience.

JO&JOE Paris has developed its interiors with global (UK based) architecture and game-changing design studio PENSON. At the Open House of Paris Gentilly, street art is everywhere thanks to the work of nine local and international artists who have covered the walls with their creations.

The rooms at the hostel-like hotel are split into three categories: Together (dorms), Yours (private hotel-like guestrooms) and Cabins (Private space with access to communal bedrooms and restrooms).

For launch of the new property, the brand is hosting what it is calling “the longest house-warming party with events taking place between April 25 – June 6.

By 2020, the hotel aims to have launched Open Houses in London Budapest, Glasgown, Paris, Rio de Janero and Rome.

JO&JOE welcomes everyone in its engaging and vibrant Open Houses, offering a completely fresh experience in terms of design, dining options, service and customer experience.

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Autograph Collection Hotels arrives in Paris

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Marriott International’s Autograph Collection Hotels has acquired Banke Hotel from Derby Hotels Collection and stands as the brand’s first hotel in Paris… 

Autograph Collection Hotels has revealed the latest addition to its portfolio, Hotel Banke, marking the brand’s entry to Paris and its fourth property in France. The iconic hotel will join the unique portfolio of one-of-a-kind properties around the world that champion Autograph Collection Hotels’ values of vision, design and craft.

Located in the heart of the Parisian Opera district, Hotel Banke is moments from Galeries Lafayette, the city’s most exclusive shopping centre, and less than one mile away from the Louvre Museum. The hotel occupies the former headquarters of Crédit Commercial de France originally designed by architects Paul Friesé and Cassien Bernard. The elegant, stately façade of the 20th century building dominates the corner of Rue La Fayette and Rue Pillet, harking back to the French Belle Époque period.

Image credit: Marriott International/Autograph Collection Hotels

Hotel Banke has an elegant feel throughout its 91 guest rooms and suites, with original features seamlessly blending with contemporary design touches, such as statement modern furniture and rich soft furnishings. Every room has been meticulously designed to create the ultimate tranquil escape from the bustling streets of Paris. The hotel is home to a bespoke collection of jewellery and art displayed throughout the hotel, sourced from various corners of the world; a nod to the building’s history as a safe-keeper of luxury items.

“We are delighted to expand our offering of one-of-a-kind hotels to Paris with Hotel Banke,” said John Licence, VP Premium & Select Brands Europe at Marriott International. “With its unique heritage as a former bank headquarters, and stunning design, Hotel Banke perfectly embodies Autograph Collection Hotel’s independent spirit.”

The hotel’s meeting rooms are a show-stopping venue for corporate clientele. The largest space ‘Salle des Coffres’ offers the rare opportunity to view more than 460 of the former Crédit Commercial de France’s hidden vaults, many of which still belong to some of Paris’s best-known historical figures such as Gustave Eiffel; the civil engineer and architect of the Eiffel Tower.

Hotel Designs recently travelled to Paris to review one of the city’s neighbourhood hotels, MOB Hotel Paris, which can be read here

Main image credit: Marriott International/Autograph Collection Hotels


EquipHotel outlines 2018 show

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The event will showcase multiple trends based around five sectors: restauration, design, well-being, technology and services…

The landmark French event, EquipHotel 2018 returns this November, where more than 105,000 professionals, 1,600 exhibitors and 133 countries will be represented.

Taking place from November 11 to 15, 2018 inside the exhibition space Porte de Versailles, Paris, guests will get to witness some of the latest developments and innovations in the hotel and restaurant sector.

The event will showcase multiple trends based around five sectors: restauration, design, well-being, technology and services.

From furniture and interiors, kitchen equipment and food products, to spas, bathrooms and tech innovations, visitors will have access to a wide-range of items all making an impact on the sector.

Over 1,600 French and international exhibitors will fill the show floor, meanwhile the upcoming edition will take the form of multi-faceted inspiration laboratory, to provide a greater experiential experience, with a focus on a stronger than ever Design Hub.

Bringing together hotel and restaurant professionals, Equip Hotel aims to offer a 100 per cent immersive design experience through the profusion of styled ‘labs’ created by architects, interior designers, atmospherists and other stylists.

Plus, the show will also give chefs the opportunity to show off their skills at the cordon bleu restaurant and during cookery contests.

Other highlights expected at the event include Casa de Luz, a motionless journey imagined by Sandrine Alouf & Thierry Virvaire; the Signature Space, with its set design signed by Alnoor & Eric Lentulo of Etendart Studio; the Wellness Centre and its design by Didier Knoll & Elodie Goddard; the Cozy Lazy and its rule-breaking room designed by Fabrice Knoll.

Bulgari steams ahead to open Bulgari Hotel Paris in 2020

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Bulgari Hotels & Resorts has unveiled plans to open a luxury hotel in the heart of Paris at 2020…

Bulgari Hotels and Resort isn’t cutting corners on its plans to extend its offering of high-end luxury with a new hotel in Paris set to open in 2020.

The new 76-key hotel will comprise of a large spa, which will feature a 25-metre pool. It will shelter a Bulgari restaurant, bar and an open courtyard garden.

Positioned in the exclusive neighbourhoods around luxury stores on Avenue George, the hotel’s location is a further nod to the luxury brand and its familiarisation with fashion.

At the helm of the design is architectural firm Antonio Citterio Patricia Viel and French-studio Valode & Pistre.

In a press release the group said that “The restyling of the building has been conceived as a transition to modernity: while both the use of the typical Parisian limestone and the respect of the ‘alignment’ criteria recall the 19th century Haussmanian urban patterns, the completely renewed façade evokes a rationalistic style that is an expression of the most contemporary architectural design”.

The planned opening of Bulgari Hotel Paris will become the seventh hotel in the group’s portfolio. Launched in 2001 as a joint venture between the luxury Italian brand and hotel group Marriott International, is seeking further expansion in Europe. With a further two hotels in the pipeline – in Moscow and Tokyo – the luxury group is setting its sights on the global hotel scene.



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Paris next for Bulgari Hotels

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New site will be located in the exclusive Triangle D’Or district of the French capital

Bulgari Hotels & Resorts has announced it will open a new hotel in Paris in 2020.

This new opening will mark the eighth site for the luxury brand joining Milan, London, Bali, plus Beijing and Dubai (2017), Shanghai (2018) and Moscow (2020).

The Bulgari Hotel Paris is being designed by Italian architecture firm Antonio Patricia Viel, alongside the renowned Parisian architects Valode & Pistre.


The hotel will be located at 30 Avenue George V, which – along with the Champs Elysees and the Avenue Montaigne – forms the famous Triangle D’Or, one of Paris’ most exclusive areas.

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Boasting 76 rooms, most of them suites, the hotel will feature a full range of luxury facilities including a spa with a 25 metre pool, plus a Bulgari restaurant and bar opening on to a courtyard garden.

“We are particularly proud to have secured such an extraordinary location for the new Bulgari Hotel in Paris,” said Bulgari CEO Jean Christophe Babin.

“The Paris hotel, to be opened in 2020, will add the City of Lights to our collection and we are convinced that this new addition will represent an irresistible Roman jeweler hospitality experience in the Parisian upscale hotel market.”

Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso’s favourite Parisian hotel, Hotel Lutetia, reopens with a contemporary redesign

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Hotel Lutetia, the destination hotel for the Twentieth Century’s Parisian society elite, has reopened with a contemporary design.

The hotel was once the dwelling point of eminent artists, philosophers, scientists and politicians.

Lutetia has been closed four years for a total refurbishment, to bring its facilities up-to-date with the demands of the modern traveller. Opened in 1920, Hotel Lutetia is famous for being the only hotel (still, to this day) on the fashionable Left Bank of Paris – it’s also famous for its starry cast of guests.

The hotel’s distinct position in the Parisian bohemian district lent itself to the 1930s social elite

The new redesign respects the histories of the building while adding a modern, elaborate touch. There will be a particular luxury feel. Of the 184 rooms, a quarter will be suites and each will be decorated with local art and photography. Flora and fauna will play another key part.

The hotel’s distinct position in the bohemian St. Germain district of the city lends itself to the city’s social elite. The hotel is within minutes of some of the best Parisian boutiques, art galleries and bars and clubs.

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It was during the 1930s that the hotel became a cultural epicenter. Writers James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway famously stayed here, and artists Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse were actually residents.

A traditional French brasserie, the Lutetia Brasserie, will open alongside a spot for lighter food, the Salon St. Germain, which will be the focal point of a statement courtyard within the hotel.

A jazz club, cigar bar and spa with a “holistic” approach to wellbeing will feature a swimming pool.

Step things up by joining the Virtuoso Program, which has partnered with the hotel to offer a range of bespoke benefits to their members. Benefits to the membership include a guaranteed room upgrade upon check-in, guaranteed early check in and late check out and ‘hotel credit’ to spend on site.

Albert Herrera, who works as Virtuoso’s senior vice president of Global Product Partnerships, explained: “The extensive refurbishment of this beautiful legend will enhance its spirit and charm, and usher it into a new era of serving 21st-century travelers while remaining true to the authentic soul of the Left Bank. Even in a city with many wonderful luxury hotel options, Hotel Lutetia’s elegant blend of heritage and modernity will make it a true standout.”

Hotel Lutetia reopens later in 2018, although no official date has been set yet

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Get ready for Maison et Objet 2018

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Providing the ultimate lifestyle hub, Maison et Objet 2018 is the biggest event for the industry professionals and design aficionados to discover the new trends and expressions in a wide range of sectors, including decoration, design and furniture.

The upcoming edition is set to return to Paris’s Nord Villepinte, from 19-23 January 2018 and promises to deliver a creative, diverse and business atmosphere full of uniqueness.

MAISON&OBJET PARIS now offers a clearer perspective of three main areas: MAISON and its wide range of interior decoration, organised into different worlds; OBJET, the show’s concept store, ideal for retailers; and finally INFLUENCES and its unique itinerary. A new offer that has been created to facilitate communication and the unearthing of new products.

Like in the previous editions, the prestigious venue has already named the designer of the year, the extremely versatile Dutch designer Cecilie Manz (above). The Dutch designer is always experimenting and, in January, she will present her latest pieces. The exhibition will feature existing products and new designs, displayed in a warm and cosy atmosphere, a theme that is evidently delineated in her creations.


3rd citizenM property to open in Paris at Gare de Lyon

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The citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon Hotel, which is now open, is the 3rd citizenM hotel in France and is located a short walk away from the Gare de Lyon station.

It features 338 rooms and as with its sister properties the hotel is home to innovative tech amenities including; self check-in; completely customisable guest rooms via touchscreen MoodPads; communal workspaces; meeting areas fitted with Smart TVs; furniture by the renowned Swiss brand Vitra; canteenM – the 24 hour grab & go style canteen that has a full service cocktail bar, and outdoor space such as an open air patio and cloudM – a rooftop bar offering stunning views of the river Seine and the city.

citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon HotelThe property also features a selection of specially commissioned art works by popular Dutch artists Jetske Visser & Michiel Martens who have created a install called “Reflecting Holons” which combines bubbles and light that continually shine, move, and dance in the entrance area creating a visually interactive arresting spectacle.

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In addition to this the hotel also houses a bespoke mural by French street artist Mast Cora, and a fresco by Romain Froquet to name a few.

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Disneyland Paris to open Marvel-themed hotel

Disneyland Paris plans to open Marvel-themed hotel

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According to reports in the Daily Telegraph last week, Disney is planning a Marvel-themed hotel at its Paris park.

The Disneyland Paris opening will be a reworking of its current hotel, Hotel New York and will be renamed Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel, with displays of props and costumes from numerous Marvel films and television shows, as well as artwork inspired by the original comic books.

The exterior will resemble Stark Tower, Tony Stark/Iron Man’s Manhattan skyscraper, if early rumours are to be believed.

Inside, the four-star hotel will offer 565 guest rooms, as well as a distinctive New York-inspired décor that, from the renderings, also appear to resemble Iron Man’s fictional high-rise hideout. An opening date has not, as of yet, been revealed.

The hotel was announced at the recent D23 Expo in Anaheim. Bob Chapek, Chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts, said: “We’re going to create a hotel at Disneyland Paris that would make Tony Stark proud.”

“I’m thrilled to announce that Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will transport our guests to the action-packed, inspiring world of Super Heroes including Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider Man among others!”, he added.

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citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon to open August 1st

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Located in the arrondissement de Reuilly, on the northeastern bank of the Seine, this newest member of the citizenM family is a must for sightseers, pleasure seekers and business-doers alike.

Some may say three’s a crowd, but citizenM say ‘mais, oui’ to a third pad in the glittering City of Lights. Joining citizenM Charles de Gaulle and citizenM La Défense, their latest hotel is in the beating heart of one of Paris’ most exciting, up-and-coming districts.

citizenM Paris Gare de LyonLook forward to 1 August 2017 when citizenM Paris Gare de Lyon flings open its doors to guests. Across the 338 rooms you can expect their signature brand of affordable luxury for the people. Each room boasts king-size beds, rain showers and mood pads that control the temperature, brightness and colour – yes, colour – of the lights. There’s free movies too.


Outside your cubby hole, the lobby is a home-from-home, filled with books, art, a fireplace and a carpet that recreates the slow ticking clock of the Gare de Lyon station. As with all of citizenM hotels, it’s filled with unique artworks, including the mesmerising installation by Studio Martens & Visser, Reflecting Holons, which transforms the entrance into a magical light and movement show of floating, dancing bubbles. Okay, okay – perhaps not exactly like your own living room.

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Need to graft? The societyM meeting rooms will inspire your next lightbulb moment. Peckish? canteenM offers food and drink, healthy and indulgent, day and night. And when it’s time to wind down with a cocktail (or three), head up to cloudM for panoramas over the city. Looking out over the Seine, soak up views of timeless icons – the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame – new features such as a the Cité de la mode et du design and, all the way in western Paris, the Grande Arche. Be sure to wave to citizenM La Défense while you’re up there.


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Introducing Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel – Paris

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Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel re-opens after undergoing an extensive four-year restoration. Dating back to the 18th century, this historic treasure is decidedly reborn as a luxury hotel for 21st century travellers.

Located in the heart of Paris at 10 Place de la Concorde, Hôtel de Crillon’s past provides a rich backdrop for its modern-day story. During the hotel’s closure, master craftsmen, artisans and designers worked tirelessly to strike a deliberate and delicate balance between conservation and transformation, and today the hotel emerges as an elegant expression of the spirit of Paris and a celebration of the French art de vivre.

In keeping with Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ concept in which each property reflects its location’s history, culture and sensibilities, Hôtel de Crillon’s design has been reinterpreted through the collective work of leading architects, designers, artisans, and artists. History has been brought to life with a fresh and modern twist, while beloved and unique objects emblematic to the hotel’s history can still be found throughout the property, from the amethyst chandeliers to gold and crystal Baccarat decanters.

This ambitious project required an unprecedented level of care and dedication. Owner representatives Ramzi Wakim and Laurent Dusonchet (Avangard Advisory), together with a handpicked project management team, orchestrated the renovation.

Architect Richard Martinet led the whole restoration and renovation, including the landmark façade and grand reception rooms on the second floor, which are classified heritage landmarks.

Under the Artistic Director Aline Asmar d’Amman who insured the coherence of the whole design project, and drove and inspired the interior designers, the hotel’s interiors were created by four Paris-based designers: Tristan Auer, Chahan Minassian, Cyril Vergniol and Aline Asmar d’Amman (Culture in Architecture). The approach was to respect history, while simultaneously injecting a modern attitude and a touch of Parisian irreverence.

Hôtel de CrillonKarl Lagerfeld, renowned designer and a great 18th century admirer, has decorated two exceptional suites on Place de la Concorde and together called ‘Les Grands Appartements’, which convey his personal vision of French chic and modernity. Landscape architect Louis Benech, with his subtle hand, conceived Hôtel de Crillon’s whimsical courtyards.

Hôtel de Crillon’s 78 rooms, 36 suites and 10 signature suites embody an expressly Parisian residential style that is equally warm and refined. The rooms and suites are elegantly decorated with bespoke furnishings, beautiful antiques and carefully chosen objets d’art.


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Kengo Kuma to develop ‘eco-luxury’ 1hotel in Paris

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Kengo Kuma is planning a Parisian project which hopes to incorporate sustainability and hospitality design into an ‘innovative eco-luxury hotel’ which will ultimately serve as a landmark, as well as a popular destination.

The building, which will be called ‘1hotel Paris’ will be bedecked with greenery, becoming what the firm is calling a ‘green lung’ for the neighbourhood. Wooden façade panels will overlap and be arranged in a certain way to blur the shape of the structure.

1hotel Paris - Kengo Kuma + AssociatesIn a comment, the firm said: “Within a series of repetitive volumes along the Avenue de France, our design strategy was to develop a sculptural form, as if shaped by natural erosion, allowing light to reach the avenue below.”

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The centre of the hotel will be open, with inner rooms with private balconies overlooking a series of gardens below. On the roof, the hotel will have a rooftop terrace overlooking the bustling neighbourhood. The project is scheduled to be completed by 2022.

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citizenM says ‘Hello’ to Paris La Défense

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The trail-blazing Dutch hotel group citizenM will open two exciting new hotels in Paris this summer including a hotel in the heart of Paris”s business district, La Défense and a flagship property opening in August in central Gare du Lyon. With its existing hotel at Charles de Gaulle airport, citizenM will now have three hotels in Paris all offering affordable luxury, smart technology and clever design.

citizenM La Défense is now open within the bustling business district of Paris, located to the west of the city. La Défense, best known for its iconic arch-shaped building, the Grande Arche, is currently undergoing a major revamp, complete with sprawling terraces and gardens, new avenues and towers, organic restaurants and fashionable bars.

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At the ground level entrance guests are greeted by coffeeM, citizenM’s own coffee bar concept which was first introduced at the Tower of London flagship last year. This vibrant space has been adorned with a ceiling fresco featuring a repeat-pattern of Andy Warhol photo-booth selfies. societyM meeting rooms are located next to coffeeM and provide wonderfully creative environments which are perfect for hosting meetings and workshops. The breakout space features a playful Parisian kiosk.

citizenM Paris La DefenseFrom here, two escalators, a new design element for citizenM take guests up to the Check In and Living Room. Alongside each escalator is citizenM”s signature shelving, featuring a range of colourful and quirky objects, from Eames birds to artworks, books and curiosities.

citizenM Paris La DefenseThe elevator up to the Check In is cladded from ground to first floor with a bespoke mural by Paris and NY based AVAF, an artists” collective who have previously created pieces for citizenM Bankside and Shoreditch.

citizenM Paris La DefenseThe Living Room is the heart of citizenM, providing space to work, eat and socialise. At citizenM La Défense, the Living Room is on the first floor and enclosed by a glass façade with a large terrace. The Living Room also features collectionM, citizenM”s retail component offering easy travel accessories, inspiring gifts and books. Here another piece of bespoke fresco adorns the ceiling, created by local artist Romain Froquet.

canteenM forms the lively heart of the public area. Together with intimate booths and communal tables this is the place to drink, eat and meet. With a design nod to French cuisine and its reliance on traditional copper pans, the walls here are clad with copper.


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Hilton Hotels & Resorts to open hotel in view of the Eiffel Tower

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Hilton has announced that its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand will add a second property in central Paris, Hilton Paris Eiffel Tower.

The plans were unveiled at MIPIM this week in conjunction with owner Compagnie de Phalsbourg with whom Hilton has signed a management agreement to operate the 118-room property. The renowned French visionary designer Philippe Starck will be in charge of the interior design of the property.

Hilton Paris Eiffel Tower will be located in the 7th arrondissement, renowned as the district of choice for Parisian and the home to France’s National Assembly, a range of museums, the Invalides and the Eiffel Tower itself. The site on Avenue de Saxe, sits next to Place de Breteuil and leads towards the Champ de Mars.

Construction is due to begin shortly on adaptation of two adjacent buildings from the 1900s and 1970s. Additional features to be found within the property include a fitness centre and executive lounge. Philippe Starck will be in charge of the interior design of the property to bring French elegance and flair into the historical building while Atelier Cos, who specialise in luxury and upscale hotels, develops the architectural concept for the property.

Andreas Lackner, regional head, full service brand management, Hilton added: “Paris remains one of the most enviable cities in the world for any traveller. Our existing Hilton Paris Opera is one of the brand’s most popular properties amongst our global network of loyal customers and we cannot wait to begin welcoming guests to this new property within such proximity to so many Parisian landmarks.”

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New Le Meridien Etoile shines in Paris

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French hotel group Le Méridien has opened its new 4-star hotel in Paris. The French capital itself has been a clear influence on the 1,025 room development, with “etoile” meaning star in French, possibly a reference to Paris’ nickname, The City of Lights.

Following the hotel’s transformation, the property now boasts reimagined guestrooms, suites and the transformation of the hotel’s public spaces, including the legendary Jazz Club Etoile and brand’s signature lobby concept: Le Méridien Hub. Design was by French interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel.

Following the transformation of Etoile, the property now boasts reimagined guestrooms, suites and the transformation of public spaces

Located in the 17th arrondissement, anchored by Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, the hotel is the largest hotel in central Paris. The redesign of the hotel’s rooms was led by Nuel, while London-based firm Michaelis Boyd restyled all the public areas; both draw inspiration from the brand’s mid-century modern design aesthetic.


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Hilton launches architecture, design podcasts for select hotels

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Hilton Worldwide is for the first time launching a series of podcasts that will act as audio guides to landmark hotels within its European portfolio.

With a focus on architecture and design, the podcasts tell the hidden story behind five hotels from a variety of Hilton brands to encourage guests to see the buildings as more than a place to lay their heads.

Hotels selected for the podcast project have been hand-picked by Hilton’s in-house architecture and design team. The collection includes iconic restoration projects in Paris and Hamburg, a refurbishment inspired by a little known corner of Dublin, a London conversion on the city’s artistic South Bank and a first of its kind, design focused concept in Reykjavik.

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Over the past five years, Hilton has significantly expanded its dedicated team of experts focused on the architecture and design of each property. The team works collaboratively across the entirety of Hilton’s portfolio covering a diverse array of locations, brands and projects. The team’s philosophy is centred on creating a sense of place that reflects the destination – not just the city or country, but the hotel’s district, neighbourhood or even street.

By working with local designers and consultants, Hilton’s design and architecture team ensures that each hotel not only encapsulates an all-important sense of place and the DNA of its brand, but showcases the very best of each location. This can range from commissioned artwork to mark an important moment in time, the inclusion of furniture and soft furnishings from celebrated local workshops or the preservation of historical artefacts for the public to enjoy for decades to come.

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Gordon Coles, ‎Senior Vice President, Architecture, Design and Construction, EMEA, Hilton, said: “Whilst our hotel guests are excited to explore a city’s architecture or its design hotspots during their visit, the hotel itself can be overlooked – it is sometimes seen as just a place to lay your head or enjoy a nice meal after a long day of sightseeing or business meetings. We want to challenge this misconception by revealing the hidden stories of five very special European hotels. Each podcast tells a very different tale reflecting the diversity of our projects, but we hope listeners will be inspired to take a closer look at their hotel after learning a little bit more about its history and hearing one or two secrets.”

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Chris Webb, Senior Director, Interior Design, EMEA, Hilton, said: “Every project is unique, so we approach each hotel with a blank canvas. Creating a sense of place is our core aim – it enhances our guest experience by making their stay more authentic, but it also makes people feel more at home. There is a risk that this could become pastiche, so we spend a lot of time getting under the skin of each location to identify lesser known or quirky flourishes that are still true to the building itself. Each of the five hotels featured in the podcast series are a testament to this approach, from preserving historical features for future generations in Paris and Hamburg to creating interiors that reflect and celebrate a particular neighbourhood in Dublin, London and Reykjavik.”

The five hotels profiled in the new audio guides are Canopy by Hilton Reykjavik City Centre (Iceland); Hilton London Bankside (United Kingdom); Conrad Dublin (Ireland); Hilton Paris Opera (France); and Reichshof Hamburg, Curio Collection by Hilton (Germany).

Staycity forges ahead in France with two key openings

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Leading aparthotel operator Staycity is putting France firmly in its sights with the announcement of two premises opening in the country in 2017.

Staycity already operates an aparthotel in the busy and popular 10th district of Paris, minutes from the Gare de Paris-Est transport hub, and will add Staycity Marseille to its portfolio when it opens for business in February 2017. The property, based in Marseille’s popular historical Vieux Port, will offer 108 apartments.

In Spring 2017 Staycity will open in Lyon in a purpose-built, 144-unit development in the city centre, within walking distance of the historic old centre and 10-minutes from the main business hub and train station.

“France has long been a mainstay in our expansion plans and we hope to add further properties in strategic sites in the coming years,” commented Staycity CEO Tom Walsh. “These properties and our existing premises in Paris, provide us with a firm base in France, which will help build our reputation as the go-to aparthotel operator for both leisure and business travellers.”

Staycity premises opening in the UK over the next 12 months include Manchester (182), London Covent Garden (106) and Liverpool (202). Staycity Aparthotels now has over 3,000 apartments across eight major cities across the UK and Europe with expansion plans which will take it to 15,000 apartments by 2021.


Le Meridien reintroduces brand to Paris

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From the birthplace of the brand, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts has marked a milestone as its first-ever hotel and celebrated flagship in Paris revealed the completion of its multi-million dollar renovation.

Following the hotel’s transformation, the property now boasts reimagined guestrooms, suites and the transformation of the hotel’s public spaces, including the legendary Jazz Club Etoile and brand’s signature lobby concept: Le Méridien Hub. Design was by interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel.

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“With a stronger and more globally diverse portfolio than ever before, Le Méridien has hit its stride with guests and locals as well as owners and developers around the world,” said Brian Povinelli, Global Brand Leader, Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. “We are delighted to have the crown jewel of our brand shining brightly once more in the City of Light, as Le Méridien returns to its roots with distinctive design and bold Destination Unlocked positioning.”

Located in the 17th arrondissement, anchored by Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, the hotel is the largest hotel in central Paris. The redesign of the hotel’s rooms was led by French interior architect Jean-Philippe Nuel, while London-based firm Michaelis Boyd restyled all the public areas; both draw inspiration from the brand’s mid-century modern design aesthetic.

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Gérard Ronzatti completes floating hotel project in Paris

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Gérard Ronzatti, the French architect, has completed a floating hotel project in the French capital.

Off Paris Seine debuts as France’s first floating hotel and features 54 rooms in total.

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The largest boat docked in the French capital, Off Paris Seine is situated near the Gare d’Austerlitz. “The floating hotel is in actual fact two floating facilities that are strongly articulated and connected,” said Ronzatti Architects in a statement. “An accordion pleats’ system permits to keep a feeling of discreet rolling in order to really give an experience of living on the water.”

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The 80-metre-long hotel also includes a restaurant, outdoor terrace, which opens out onto the riverbank and a small marina for small vessels.

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Kimpton hotel to open in Paris by 2020

IHG to debut Kimpton brand in Paris

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InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has announced plans to open the first Kimpton hotel in the home of European fashion and design – Paris.

Situated in one of the city’s most sought-after districts, near the famous Paris Opéra, the luxury hotel is set to open its doors in 2020.

The hotel will be fully transformed with Kimpton’s signature bold and playful design to feature 149 guestrooms and 27 suites, luxury spa and fitness facilities, and a state-of-the-art meeting space overlooking the high-end Parisian streets, buildings and rooftops.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, acquired by IHG in January 2015, is renowned for its innovative design and personal approach to guest service, using perks and amenities to make guests feel truly at home. It inspires with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, a hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness options and complimentary bikes to explore the local area. Kimpton’s award-winning destination restaurants and bars are loved locally, and provide guests with an authentic taste of the city.

Angela Brav, IHG’s Chief Executive Officer, Europe says: “Bringing Kimpton to Paris marks another milestone for expansion of the brand into Europe, and we’re delighted to be working with AXA IM – Real Assets to bring Kimpton to France. This hotel will have one of the most coveted addresses in the city and is set to create unbelievable memories and experiences for guests – in the way that only Kimpton can.”

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Peninsula Paris given prestigious ‘Palace’ accolade

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The Peninsula Paris, located within walking distance of the Champs Elysees and some of the city’s most famous monuments, museums and luxury boutiques, joins a prestigious group of Parisian hotels accorded the “Palace” distinction.

Bestowed by the French Tourism Development Agency, ATOUT France, the “Palace” status was created in November 2010 to reward hotel excellence and to assist in promoting the French way of life on the international stage. ATOUT France is the official agency in charge of developing tourism in France, and of awarding the “Palace distinction”, above the 5-star ranking, to hotels with exceptional character. The agency is responsible for promoting the development of the tourism industry as country’s largest economic sector; its primary mission is to maintain a detailed and permanent system for monitoring and analysing supply and demand in the tourist market.

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The hotel’s new General Manager, Ms Katja Henke, expressed her joy at the news: “We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious distinction. I wish to acknowledge the role played in this success by the hotel’s staff, who work every day to meet the highly demanding service standards for which The Peninsula Hotels group is known around the world.

“We will continue to work hard to ensure that this tradition of service excellence is maintained. I would also like to thank our partner, Katara Hospitality, who have allowed us to take part in this exciting adventure and who now have the honour of counting two establishments with the ‘Palace’ distinction in their portfolio.”

Opened on 1 August 2014, this first Peninsula Hotels outpost in Europe, in a joint venture with Katara Hospitality, instigated new standards of design, luxury and comfort. After more than four years of renovation and meticulous restoration, the iconic Haussmann building today offers 200 luxury rooms, including 34 suites. Five of the suites have private rooftop gardens offering a panoramic view of the most emblematic monuments in Paris.

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Responding to the demands of the modern luxury tourism market, the rooms at The Peninsula Paris are amongst the largest in the capital and amongst the best in the world when it comes to technology. All rooms and suites are equipped with The Peninsula Hotels’ latest interactive technology.

The property’s three restaurants showcase France and the Peninsula group at their best. In the heart of the hotel, Le Lobby restaurant is classic, elegant and characteristic of Peninsula hotels around the world. Open for breakfast through to post-dinner drinks and late-night suppers, it’s also home to the famous and sophisticated Peninsula Afternoon Tea. With a theme inspired by both Chinese and French opera, LiLi restaurant takes Cantonese cuisine in Paris to new heights and pays tribute to the Asian heritage of The Peninsula Hotels.

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Occupying a total of 1,800 sq m (19,000 sq ft), including a 20m (66 ft) swimming pool, The Peninsula Spa at The Peninsula Paris – voted Best French Hotel Spa in the 2015 World Spa Awards and Best European Spa in the 2015 Villegiature Awards – offering tailored treatments by SATTVA by Simply Peninsula, ESPA and Biologique Recherche, is completely dedicated to serenity, beauty and fitness.

Combining classic Parisian chic and world-class hospitality, The Peninsula Paris is a coveted location for memorable moments in the French capital.

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Amastan marks debut of urban brand with Amastan Paris

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Amastan Paris has opened and marks the first flagship of the new urban hotel brand, Amastan.

The hotel is situated in the heart of the elegant 8th arrondissement and offers a ‘curated home’ for the guests across 24 well-appointed guestrooms.

Located on a quiet street that links Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and the Avenue des Champs- Elysées, the hotel brings a younger and livelier offering to one of the most distinguished and cultured neighbourhoods in the world. Inspired by the classic codes of Parisian apartment architecture, design studio NOCC has carefully considered each aspect of the hotel’s interiors and atmosphere in a way that is at once quietly eclectic, comfortable and gently understated.

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Framed by a specially conceived architectural light scheme, the ground floor spaces feature striking petrol blue herringbone parquet floor playfully applied to the walls, a specially commissioned tapestry by designer Jan Kath, a two-story library wall and a long high table in ombré marble, together creating an atmosphere that’s at once intimate, warm and vibrant.

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The cosy rooms, allocated over six floors, also feature the signature blue parquet walls and flooring which provide a subtle contrast to the otherwise elegant and paired down aesthetic. The rooms include bespoke furniture in juxtaposing textures and materials including ash, lacquered oak, copper and brass, which play against the airy white accents seen in the bathrooms’ marble tiling. Guestrooms facing the back of the hotel benefit from beautiful garden views, some with their own private furnished balconies, a unique feature in the centre of Paris.

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In the timeless style of a classic Parisian home, Anouk opens out through a set of large bay windows onto a lush internal garden, offering an evergreen haven where guests can enjoy a drink and a quick bite. This one-of-a-kind landscaped setting also features striking rock shelving that provides natural seating amongst over thirty different species of trees, plants and flowers. The bar and its garden are open to guests and can be hired separately for private events.

Adjacent to the hotel’s entrance, Amastan’s project space will be Paris’ first wholly dedicated to pop-up installations, welcoming collaborative projects predominantly in the worlds of art, fashion and design.

“I like to think of Amastan as a host greeting a dear friend as he or she returns to the city from a faraway exploration. Our aim is for our guests to feel like themselves, as though Amastan belongs to them and not the other way around,” said Zied Sanhaji, Founder of Amastan Hotels.


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AccorHotels’ MGallery expands to Paris, Rio de Janeiro

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AccorHotels has expanded the MGallery by Sofitel brand with the opening of Hotel Paris Bastille Boutet in the French capital’s 11th district near Le Marais, as well as Hotel Santa Teresa in Rio de Janeiro.

Hotel Paris Bastille Boutet, the first five-star hotel in Eastern Paris, located in the Bastille neighborhood, is housed in a building that was first a joinery workshop and then a chocolate factory known as “Maison Boutet,” according to the company. Vincent Bastie served as the project’s architect, while Astrid Dieterlen led the design.

An emphasis was placed on the renovation of mosaics and the Art Deco canopy. The building’s facade, dating back to 1926, was restored while its industrial heritage is seen in the lobby bar’s leather sofas and in the well-being area with its white and blue glazed tiles.

MGallery by Sofitel in ParisThe hotel has 80 guestrooms and suites. Paying homage to the hotel’s past as a place of craftsmanship, students from the École Boulle, an advanced public school of fine arts and crafts and applied arts, were selected to produce two signature suites, each with its own atmosphere. The 1,600-sq. ft., light-drenched Décléor Spa is dedicated to meditation and relaxation. The spa features an indoor pool with jets, steam room, sauna and two hydrotherapy showers.

Hotel Santa Teresa is the first MGallery by Sofitel in Brazil. According to Accor, the property showcases architecture preserved by the neo-modernist and eclectic colonial culture of Rio. The revitalisation of the surrounding neighborhood began a decade ago with the restoration of the hotel and helped to support sustainable and cultural tourism to the destination, according to the company.

MGallery by Sofitel in Rio de Janiero
The brand will continue its momentum with the openings of Palazzo Livorno MGallery by Sofitel in Italy’s Tuscany region this summer and Leicester Square MGallery by Sofitel in London is expected to open fall 2016.

Ritz Paris Hotel

Ritz Paris Hotel reopens after four-year, £111m renovation

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The iconic and classically-styled Ritz Paris Hotel has reopened following a four-year renovation, which was blighted by a major fire earlier this year. The Mohamed Al Fayed-owned hotel has undergone a top-to-bottom makeover since it first closed for renovations in 2012.

The property will only have 142 rooms and suites, compared to the previous number of 159, but not all of them will be immediately available as final touches are still taking place.

A major fire in January delated the hotel’s planned opening in March of this year. Instead, to celebrate its much-anticipated reopening this month, the Ritz partnered with director Zoe Cassavetes to make a short film centred around the hotel.

The refurbishment of the hotel, estimated at 140 million euros (£111 million) in 2012, was aimed at ‘sprucing up the ageing hotel’. It now boasts a summer restaurant under a movable glass canopy, a larger ballroom and the latest technology in its rooms.


Hotel de JoBo, Paris

Bambi Sloan designs interiors for Hotel de JoBo, Paris

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Rose Tascher de la Pagerie, nicknamed Josephine by Napoleon Bonaparte and known as JoBo to her closest friends, possessed all the characteristics, including the most scandalous, to inspire an eternally contemporary Parisian venue.

Beyond a life story inextricably linked with history, her boundless curiosity and unconditional love of beauty made Josephine a resolutely modern muse. Passionate lover, mistress–wife, trendsetter and renowned as one of the most elegant women of the period, Josephine was a liberated woman before her time. Avant-garde and wild about decoration, she never stopped inventing, assembling and collecting, to adorn her various residences with the best, the most precious, the most original. It was for her that the first panther-skin rug was made.

Passing through the carriage door, visitors find themselves transported into Josephine’s dreamworld. The first surprise and shiver of excitement: a Napoleonic campaign tent covered in roses welcomes you into the hotel. Hotel de JoBo’s 24 rooms are spread over four floors and arranged around a hidden courtyard. The decor of this boutique hotel, which occupies a former 17th-century convent, was designed by Bambi SLOAN. Taking Josephine Bonaparte as her muse, her inspiration, she has used the style codes of the Napoleonic period, as well as JoBo’s love of roses.

The devil is in the detail; reprints of period wallpapers, beams stripped back and bedecked in roses, bathrooms in mosaic tiles and marble … Bambi SLOAN slips into Rose’s skin, taking ownership of the rooms conferred to her, and bringing them to life with a touch of the unexpected, a splash of eccentricity, a grain of fun. “This is a hotel for both licit and illicit love affairs,” she confides.

This characterful hotel lives and breathes 24 hours a day with its cocktail bar, which also offers light gastronomic snacks, and a tea room with delicious French patisseries, all in a cosy and funky atmosphere.