Monday 17 Oct 2016
Let’s go back in time to the Roaring Twenties in Paris. The Grand Hôtel de Bachaumont in the heart of Montorgueil was an institution in the French capital. It takes its name from Louis Petit de Bachaumont, a controversial writer who disclosed sordid secrets about 18th century France in his “Mémoires Secrets”.
Fast forward a century to the Hôtel Bachaumont being restored to its former glory! Months of extensive work have given it back its heart and soul: the façade has been painstakingly restored, the age-old Hôtel Bachaumont wording engraved in the stone has been brought to light, the wrought iron gate has been refurbished… The first in a collection of elegant and timeless establishments, Hôtel Bachaumont has brought its age-old charm into the 21st century.
Samy Marciano is a local fashion retailer and tireless traveller with hospitality experience in London who has collaborated with Anouska Hempel and Ron Arad. He wanted “to pay tribute to the arrondissement I love so much, to give something back to a neighbourhood which has given me so much, to give it a place which is an extension of itself” as he puts it.
He joined forces with designer Dorothée Meilichzon, magic happened and she spent over 3 years working on the major project. London, Paris, New York and Ibiza, she worked alongside the guys from the Experimental Group on their projects. Hers is a hybrid style, a mishmash of curves, simple colours and eye-catching patterns.
To breathe life into this characterful hotel, restaurant and bar, it’s only natural that the guys from the Experimental Group should get involved. Childhood friends Olivier Bon, Romee de Goriainoff and Pierre-Charles Cros, who cemented their style with a bar on Rue St Sauveur, have managed to make their mark on the Parisian and international hospitality sector.
‘The idea was to put a fresh twist on classic Paris chic and create a contemporary hotel that’s true to its city and neighbourhood.’
- Dorothée Meilichzon
The lobby’s impressive Carrara marble floor, Parisian carpentry, mouldings, arches, mirrors reminiscent of the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles and bas-relief logo on the walls set the tone: An elegant, refined and warm space bathed in light.
All the furniture has been custom made such as marble and premium wood desks, head boards (fabric by Frey, a local institution on Rue du Mail), counters, bedside tables, retro wall lamps, Stilnovo lighting, a medley of Art Deco inspiration.
The 49 rooms in five categories have been based on four colour combinations. The large and light bathrooms pay tribute to the Roaring Twenties with their vintage taps and lavish tiling. The balconies and terraces in some rooms have magical views of Paris’ rooftops or the glass roof. 4 suites on the top floor are named after local streets: Montorgueil, Montmartre, Louvre and Bachaumont, designed as artist studios.
The ground floor restaurant has been restored to its former glory with large spaces, an open kitchen and large glass roof. Harking back to the main door, the large arches play on perspectives to bring the spaces together with comfortable seating and a large backgammon-inspired dining table forming the nerve centre of the restaurant. Moody walls play on black and white with extensive carpentry and countless wooden mouldings and tilted mirrors.
True to her style, Dorothée Meilichzon has used countless patterns and fabrics on the chairs and seating. Handmade designs adorn the marble mosaic floor around the counter with the same pattern as the Montorgueil cobbles and gold tiles to catch the light.
In tribute to the night travellers and in reference to the book by Saint-Exupéry, the guys at the Experimental Group decided to call the bar Night Flight. The narrow space houses a large wooden bar with an arch, copper and black marble top which is the heart of the venue.
Again, Dorothée Meilichzon showcases the history of the hotel and neighbourhood. A painter has created a little black and white pattern by hand on the large wooden panels. Copper velvet seating, totem coffee tables in black wood, curvaceous poufs, lozenge lamps reminiscent of the hotel’s logo, carpet patterned with Montorgueil cobbles, traditional white marble fireplace…a prohibition atmosphere fills the air.