It's a hotel, but not as you know it!

29 June 2011

Sacré Bleu! The buzz in the French hotel world is all about one of the most anticipated hotel redesigns of the year, the Maison Margiela's reworking of the classic Hotel Champs Elysées near the beautiful boulevard of the same name, just round the corner to all the major couture houses.

By all accounts, this is not just another designer hotel. Like the fashion label itself, famous for visual trickery, the interior décor is truly unique. Grazia Daily has been given a sneak preview of the ground floor, all seven suites and 10 guest rooms and can confirm it is truly formidable. High ceilings, ornate plaster work and royal proportions are in abundance (not surprising given that the place did used to be owned by the Princess of Essling), but Margiela have created something even more intriguing - a playfulness, theatricality and that certain je ne sais quoi.

Downstairs the Essling Bar uses trompe l’oeil effects to blur the division of floor, walls and ceiling, while white linen sofas and huge mirrors make it one of the chicest bars in Paris. In the restaurant the industrial waxed concrete floors contrast with the light, delicate furniture. Square tables and arm chairs in white cotton loose covers placed on a dull metal pedestals create an illusion of floating, making the setting feel slightly surreal.

Upstairs the bedrooms and suites continue this sense of dream-like drama  – we particularly love the ‘Closet of Rarities’ suite with its magical cupboard of works of art, pinstripe curtains and black walls – this has to be the most striking places you could wish to stay in the Paris.

Rooms at La Maison Champs Élysées from €203; for further details see


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