This place is well known to those who frequent Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Tucked away from the tourist haunts, the hotel was renovated from top to bottom recently. In the process, three hotels on the same block were transformed into a single establishment. “We set out to give the place a bit of a facelift, but the only thing left intact in the end were four walls,” says Bertrand Plasmans, the happy owner. The rooms have thus entered the age of modern bourgeois comfort, with beautiful, heavy drapes, plush carpets and houndstooth headboards in keeping with its fashion district setting. The entire establishment is done in the same exquisite detail, with a scented environment created by perfumer Barnabé Fillion, bicycles available for guests and carry-out snacks for those who want to stroll along the Seine. Evenings, the bar-restaurant Kult is ideal for those seeking an intimate spot with soft lighting. A new hangout for both locals and out-of-towners.
3, rue du Pré-aux-Clercs.
Tél. +33 (0)1 42 61 01 51.
Okko Hotels Cannes Centre
Patrick Norguet, who designed the famous Rainbow Chair for Cappellini, has created a fourth establishment for Okko Hotels, this time on the Riviera. The boldly colored furnishings in magenta, lemon yellow, vermilion, anise and turquoise inject energy into the rooms and provide a subtle echo of life in Cannes. Adjacent to the rooftop terrace overlooking the Estérel mountains and the Suquet district is the Club, offering local fare, a business corner (free printer and WiFi) and a library (comics, coffee-table books). The body is not neglected thanks to the gym and sauna. Okko sees its establishments as places to live in rather than pass through.
Okko hotels Cannes centre
6 bis, place de la Gare.
Tél. +33 (0)4 92 98 30 30.
The Comédie-Française, Louvre and Palais Royal gardens are all watching, so the Nolinski has to be on its best behavior. But this new hotel has a lot going for it, and won’t embarrass its venerable neighbors. Set in a private mansion, the six-foor establishment offers cozy luxury, with dimly lit corridors and spacious, almost loft-like rooms featuring a dominant color that matches the materials used: contemporary polished concrete and neo-classical woodwork. The equally subtle Réjane brasserie, Grand Salon and spa welcome visitors and Parisians who regularly indulge in epicurean moments.
16, avenue de l’Opéra.
Tél. +33 (0)1 42 86 10 10.
This hotel, with its white half-timbered facade and neo-Basque roof, built in 1930 near the Bassin d’Arcachon, is still going strong. Yet this summer, Haïtza (“rock” in Basque) has added an (a) and forged a new personality. Sophie and William Techouyeres, who revived the nearby La Co(o)rniche, let Philippe Starck deploy his signature style, resulting in a bourgeois living room with African masks, a bright pastry shop, and rooms in marble and wood. A little bit of warmth, a touch of cool, a muted eclecticism, right down to the nautical veranda where local fare by two-starred chef Stéphane Carrade is served.
1, avenue Louis-Gaume.
Tél. +33 (0)5 56 22 06 06.
Just a hop, skip and jump away from the Grands Boulevards, the bawdy heart of Parisian nightlife with its theaters, bars and cabarets, Panache looks as if it had somehow been shaped into a prism, like the Flatiron Building in New York, a major source of inspiration for designer Dorothée Meilichzon. She had great fun creating the hotel’s 40 rooms, some with minute balconies. You’ll fnd everything from rectilinear to rococo, wallpaper to mirrors, with optical effects inspired by Parisian features, including subway tiles in the bathrooms and wrought iron and caned headboards. Noglu handles some of the pastries (gluten-free), Julhès the breakfast buffet (croissants, cheese and coldcuts) and Paul Landre (formerly at Racine2) the restaurant, using only the fnest of products. In each room, you’ll fnd a notebook with games for children, courtesy of La Petite Papeterie Française, as well as a mini guidebook.
1, rue Geoffroy-Marie.
Tél. +33 (0)1 47 70 85 87.
Mercure Paris Boulogne
Curved glass screens decorated with a kaleidoscope of blue, red and green lines (a nod to the nearby TV studios): architect Karine Lewkowicz, who designed the Lazare restaurant run by chef Éric Frechon, has experimented with transparency to enhance the bar-restaurant, lobby and other areas in this hotel in western Paris. In the rooms, the Blanchet d’Istria agency has blended minimalism and soft colors, which extend to the terraces of the fve new suites. To top the whole thing off, this summer the roof was covered with rough-hewn wood and an endless pool to swim in, before heading seven foors down to taste the cheeses aged by Marie Quatrehomme and Christophe Adam’s éclairs.
mercure paris boulogne
37, place René-Clair.
Tél. +33 (0) 825 80 47 47.
With a 19th-century building listed as a historic monument and an English-style park classifed as a Remarkable Garden, this Bordeaux estate may have a daunting pedigree, but it has retained the characteristic warmth of a family home, where you gather round the hearth or beneath a 300-year-old oak. It’s surrounded by rambling vineyards— hence the prestigious wines, matched to perfection by the chef. The fve rooms are tastefully furnished with items purchased during the owners’ travels abroad, adding to the opulent yet intimate atmosphere.
Tél. +33 (0)5 57 51 65 20.
Some walls conceal other worlds. Opened in April, the Hôtel Saint-Marc transports explorers from the heart of Paris to unexpected lands, somewhere between Italy, the 1930s and a David Lynch dream. The Milanese designers at Dimorestudio created the hushed atmosphere here, from the carpets to the (very high) ceilings, with marble, brass and plush velvet touches. The 26 boldly colored rooms (mustard yellow, sky blue and fruity red, among others) and Art Deco lines are offset by the dark lacquered doors, black and white mosaics in the spa, and lush green plants on the patio. A nocturnal theater, with just the right hint of famboyance, a stone’s throw from the Opéra Comique.
36, rue Saint-Marc.
Tél. +33 (0)1 42 86 72 72.
Domaine de Fontenille
After an 18-month renovation, this country-style manor with its manicured lawn and herbarium offers 17 rooms that have lost none of their 18th-century cachet. There’s a turquoise pool, emerald-green grass and a pond with carp. Kids can amble about on donkeys while the adults head to Lourmarin (5 km) or Aix-en-Provence (25 minutes) in a rented convertible. To delight the palate, chef Jérôme Faure has concocted an astounding menu, featuring the Expression Végétale showcasing fruit, vegetables, fowers and cheese. There is also an arts center (concerts, exhibitions, open-air movies), and soon, composers in residence.
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