EPI­CURE LOOK­BOOK

Be­yond the lux­ury shop­ping malls of Paris lies Hô­tel Par­ti­c­ulier Villeroy, a time­less bou­tique ho­tel cel­e­brat­ing the City of Love’s rich her­itage. By Vic­to­ria Lim

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Hô­tel Par­ti­c­ulier Villeroy, Paris

Nes­tled dis­creetly on Rue Jean Gou­jon, few steps away from the pres­ti­gious Av­enue Mon­taigne, Hô­tel Par­ti­c­ulier Villeroy re­stores to con­tem­po­rary ele­gance this grace­ful build­ing, orig­i­nally con­structed at the turn of the 20th-cen­tury.

a pri­vate man­sion (to Mau­rice Villeroy, a mem­ber of one of the found­ing fam­i­lies of lux­ury group Villeroy & Boch) dat­ing back to 1908, it was seized dur­ing the World War I and then sold to a real estate com­pany in 1922. In 2016, pri­vate investment and real estate man­age­ment com­pany, Wain­bridge, ac­quired the build­ing with the in­ten­tion to trans­form it into a lux­ury ho­tel. Then the man­sion was listed as a ‘His­toric Mon­u­ment’ in 2014 and many of the orig­i­nal features have been care­fully re­stored dur­ing the ren­o­va­tions.

From the out­side, the three-storey build­ing still looks like some­thing from an old art film with its off-white walls and an­tique win­dow grills. But in­side it’s the cre­ative vi­sion of chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of The Col­lec­tion, Jac­ques Oudinot that dom­i­nates. The in­te­ri­ors com­bine the his­tory of the build­ing with mod­ern Parisian touches such as Cala­catta mar­ble fire­places, cast-iron stair­way rail­ings and a so­phis­ti­cated nat­u­ral colour pal­ette, while the ex­te­rior boasts a neo­clas­si­cal cut stone façade, which repli­cates the look of a pri­vate home.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Each of the 11 apart­ments, suites and rooms, which are lo­cated on the mez­za­nine, first, sec­ond and third floors is ded­i­cated to the his­tory of the build­ing. Cen­tred around an in­ter­nal atrium, each space is beau­ti­fully ap­pointed with be­spoke fur­ni­ture made by Ital­ian fur­ni­ture brand Promemo­ria – each piece de­signed to com­ple­ment the lay­out, colours, ma­te­ri­als and dec­o­ra­tive mould­ings, giv­ing it real Parisian char­ac­ter – hand­made Vis­pring beds, Ri­volta Carmignani Ital­ian linen and du­vets and pil­lows from French brand Drouault. Through­out the ho­tel there is par­quet dark wood floor­ing, lux­u­ri­ous stone.

“My favourite features are the mag­nif­i­cent mar­ble stair­case which leads into the large, Ital­ian-style atrium lobby. Fol­low­ing this, there is an ad­di­tional stair­case with a wrought- iron ban­is­ter dec­o­rated with gold leaves. Plus chan­de­lier in the cen­tre of the hall­way, cre­ated by ate­lier Alain El­louz, it is com­posed of 35 cut al­abaster spheres sus­pended from rods,” shares Jac­ques Oudinot

Top­ping it off, award-win­ing French artist Pierre Bon­nefille has been com­mis­sioned to cre­ate be­spoke paint­ings for the ho­tel’s rooms, com­mon ar­eas and din­ing spa­ces. Us­ing many ma­te­ri­als and tex­tures, such as min­eral pow­ders, lime­stone, lava, mar­ble, nat­u­ral pig­ments and metal­lic pow­ders; each of the art­work evokes a sense of na­ture and his­tory. “I feel a sense of calm­ness with each piece,” says Oudinot.

Atrium & Stair­case

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