|Project Name||Hotel Panache||Posted in||Hotels||Location||
1, rue Geoffroy-Marie
|Telephone||+33 1 47 70 85 87||[email protected]||Design Studio||Chzon|
The Panache Hotel, in the center of Paris' arty Grands Boulevards neighborhood, recently joined the city's hearty hotel scene. As the second hotel owned by Adrien Gloaguen - he opened Le Paradis in 2012 - it proves, once again, just how accurate his strong insights into the hospitality industry really are through collaborating, once again, with interior designer, Dorothee Meilichzon, for a display of inventive results.
The former Hôtel Opéra-Madrid is a corner building located at the crossroads of rue Faubourg Montmartre and rue Geoffroy Marie offers a unique structural shape that had to be considered in the overall interior design. As a result, geometric shapes have been highlighted and the nooks and crannies created by the building's distinctive form are encouraged as main features.
The forty guest rooms within this seven story hotel may all be sheathed in the similar color scheme of white, gray, blue and green but that doesn’t mean that any of the rooms are identical, for each -- including the first floor's "surreal" garden apartment -- has been appointed to suit its individual architectural characteristics. Thus, one room might feature a vibrant wallpaper in a blue arrow design and a subdued carpet pattern, while in another room, the carpet's pulsating pattern seems to dance beneath guests' feet along with walls painted a restrained white and dark blue.
With that being said, a few elements do make recurring appearances from room to room, such as the brass bar and glass globe light fixtures above the beds, as well as retro touches, such as the replica Ericsson 1931 black telephones and the 1920's era ceramic light switches on the walls. And then there are the polygonal mirrors that are installed to fit the unexpected corners such as beside beds or alongside windows.
A similar décor of modern touches with Art Nouveau inspirations prevails in the Panache's common areas as well, such as in the reception -- found especially prevalent in the blown glass lamps, rusty-toned velvet sofas, paneled walls and mosaic flooring -- and the restaurant; the two are separated to the right and the left respectively of an impressive, Art Nouveau-inspired counter artfully composed of darkened walnut wood, white marble and brass.
Meanwhile, the restaurant features predominantly blue tones (from navy to turquoise) along with rusty orange touches on the velvet banquet seating and chairs and the almost nautically-inspired stripes that appear inlayed on the rim of the counter and the edges of the tables. Once again, mirrors play a strong role in the ambiance, this time serving to mirror the Parisian quaintness of the world outside the glass panned windows. The menu offers restaurant director, David Lanher's signature fare -- good, locally sourced food at affordable prices -- which embodies modern Parisian culture.
All in all, Hotel Panache offers everything not only a discriminating visitor is looking for while visiting the French capital, but also ticks a few boxes for locals who enjoy the care, discernment and creativity employed by the team that brought Panache into fruition.