GRANDS BOULEVARDS HOTEL
Paris welcomes a chic boutique hotel
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.