When Ennismore took ownership of a cluster of three 18th century rococo style buildings, in the French capitals revitalised tech area, Rue du Sentier; it looked to three of Europe’s most talented hospitality designers: Humbert & Poyet for guest rooms, Soho House for public front of house spaces and all overseen by their in-house designers at Ennismore Creative Studio.
The stunning buildings that used to be home to the cities mayor, elegantly wrap around two court yards which the 172 guest rooms certainly take advantage of.
Being a building of this opulent era of French architecture the hotel has plenty of original features, namely two exquisite 300 year old spiral staircases, one sits behind reception and links the ground floor through a green sitting room to a charming cocktail bar; Jacques bar with floral wall paper reminiscent of a French garden, interspersed with rich upholstered sofas and a timber bar with green marble counter top.
The other staircase rises from a newly enclosed atrium (the first space you pass through as you arrive at the Hoxton Paris) like a decorative cast iron sculpture. At the top is a small decked mezzanine where stylish French hipsters sip their soya flat whites from the barrister below.
This space epitomises what soho house do so well with chic modern elements (the glass roof and curtain walling) that contrast with the original rococo architecture finished off with touches of period furniture and the use of plush fabrics to really make guests feel at home.
Leading off this space is the main restaurant and bar area, The Rivié which is styled on a traditional French brasserie but again with contemporary touches like a skylight that contrasts with the white brick vaulted ceilings. The space has an array of different seating types which help retain guests through out differing periods of the day.
Fixed leather banquet seating with brass lighting and white marble two top tables define the more formal restaurant area, a large glass skylight sits in the centre of the restaurant, separating the timber bar space with its chic bar stools, tall joinery bookshelves and poser tables, this area becomes the place to be spotted in at night time, while the edge of the Rivié is populated with low loose furniture that blurs the boundary between restaurant and atrium barrister for more day time & work use.
Humbert and Poyet were charged with controlling the bedroom floors, which they have skilfully executed in Hoxton’s chic yet edgy style. The 4th floor guest rooms are lucky enough to retain the buildings 18th century timber roof beams, which compliment the oak timber panelled floors. Industrial gas lamp style lighting pay homage to Hoxton’s edgier side, while simple beaded panelled walls and block colours of paint that frame the leather bead head provide a simple homely pallet to the interiors.
The bathrooms are simple yet sophisticated with white subway tile walls, simple angular fixtures and fantastic copper fittings. The black metal bathroom doors with opaque glass mirror the previously mentioned industrial style light fittings.
There are so many brilliant elements to this hotel, each space is so cleverly finished to compliment the original architecture while eliciting the Hoxton brand through its furniture and lighting.
Transitioning through the hotel is one of the biggest successes, whether it’s through an open atrium to traditional drawing room, green planted wall to original stone facade, or chic restaurant to picturesque courtyard, there is always a space you want to stay in what ever your mood or time of day.
A MUST STAY if you’re in Paris. 🇫🇷