paris: hôtel bachaumont opening

© hôtel bachaumont / photography: paul bowyer

as an iconic destination with an ever-evolving cultural landscape, paris is sublime in any season, and even if you're a regular there's always something good and exciting to discover. the city's hospitality scene goes leaps and bounds in equal measure, adding Interesting options to the savviest of travelers by the month, it seems. but then again, this is a place everyone has a crush on, and keeping one's fanbase happy with options is paramount. although that was not the main objective of french fashion mogul and global traveler samy marciano when he snapped up a large seven-storey building in the étienne marcel neighbourhood of town.

attached to the area, marciano eagerly wanted to pay tribute to the arrondissement and give something back, and to do so he teamed up with olivier bon, romée de goriainoff and pierre-charles crosthe talented boys behind  the experimental group, and their fave architect dorothée meilichzon. this collab effort resulted in hôtel bachaumont, a drop-dead chic reinterpretation of lodgings that once occupied the same building, and the transformation is evident when entering the premises through a long hallway with elegant arched moldings, mirrors and marble flooring. the architectural motif taken from the building's main door adorns the floor, carpets and is printed on the bedside tables in an updated form, adding up to a visual coherence. 

hôtel bachaumont is an Intimate property, featuring just 49 rooms, including four suites for those who require additional space and comfort. the guestrooms come in five categories, and each has a spacious bathroom. the four suites are all situated  on the top floor, and have been designed as artist studios. all furnishings are custom-made and the available amenities live up to the property's four-star ranking. now this is not just a place where to lay down your head in style, it's also a destination where to meet, mingle and enjoy the good life, and as such hôtel bachaumont effortlessly accommodates with a lively bar and restaurant on the ground floor. 

the setting has been restored to its former glory with large spaces, an open kitchen and an expansive glass roof that allows in floods of daylight. large arches play on perspectives to bring the spaces together with comfy seating arrangements and a large backgammon-inspired dining table forming the nerve centre of the restaurant. meticulous attention has been given to the design, in particular the use of patterns and fabrics that lend the space a lavish touch. the menu lists a number of expertly made, simple bites, such as deviled eggs and leeks vinaigrette, but also features classic french fare that has been tweaked with new ingredients and flavours.

a fine selection of prime local produce, maine-anjou cattle, suckling lamb and more showcase the beautiful meat cooked in the rôtisserie. and because this is la douce france, the joy of dining comes with a cellar brimming with good wines and stellar grand crus. perhaps needless to say, this place is home to the more savvy kind of bon vivant who is keen on aesthetic and less so on stiff-upper-lip formality, and hôtel bachaumont  totally fits the bill. location: 18 rue bachaumont [étienne marcel].

© hôtel bachaumont / photography: paul bowyer