Paris wel­comes a chic bou­tique ho­tel

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Paris wel­comes a chic bou­tique ho­tel.

Paris may be the city of ro­mance but, like any ma­jor me­trop­o­lis, it is not spared the ur­ban frenzy that is bound to wear down even Cupid, which is why the dis­creet Grands Boule­vards Ho­tel is such a gem. Oc­cu­py­ing a pre-Rev­o­lu­tion build­ing in the cap­i­tal’s 2nd ar­rondisse­ment, the quaint es­tab­lish­ment is set beyond a court­yard that is ac­cessed only through a hid­den en­try off Boule­vard Pois­son­niere.

De­signed by French in­te­rior de­signer Dorothee Meilich­zon for the Ex­per­i­men­tal Group, the in­te­ri­ors of the 50-room bou­tique ho­tel are a pas­tiche of 18th cen­tury Neo­clas­si­cal el­e­ments and touches of coun­try rugged­ness. Nods to the Louis XVI style are sub­tly ex­pressed in the coral mar­ble bath­room walls, canopy beds and Meilich­zon’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Par­quet Ver­sailles pat­tern for the car­pets, that was in­vented for the Palace of Ver­sailles. A lighthanded op­u­lence is de­lib­er­ate since a dom­i­nant rus­tic at­mos­phere is the idea, partly in­spired by Marie An­toinette’s farm and also to hon­our the for­mer gar­dens of the ho­tel’s site. Strongly in­ti­mat­ing that peas­ant aes­thetic is the olive wood stools, which re­place bed­side ta­bles, and vin­tage linen for the bed canopies.

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