Beginning to feel like London’s the only city in the world? If you’re more interested in croissants than canoe sprints, or berets than badminton, look to Paris and Hôtel Le A: a diminutive and discreet hideaway without a whiff of sporting ambition in the eighth arrondissement.
Our favourite bits We love the dark hardwood floors, art-gallery white walls, the chocolate-velvet curtains and the flood of natural light. The ground floor of this all-white boutique hotel opens into a glassed-over central courtyard, which breaks the room into two natural areas that contrast beautifully. It’s an interesting space that the designer, Fréderic Mechiche, has used just so, for a discreet reception, cosy library, and intimate café bar. Each room is unique, with two works by artist Fabrice Hybert. The same colour palette is used throughout: white walls and loosely covered furniture; chrome; dark-chocolate wood veneers. Le A is not really a hotel. Its creators didn’t design a guesthouse; they concocted a work of art with bedrooms and a great lounge bar attached.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Hôtel Le A is just like its name: diminutive and discreet. Located in an unremarkable street in the eighth arrondissement of Paris, it’s round the corner from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. Our first impression is of a downtown SoHo gallery of the Seventies: definitely art scene, and more Right Bank sophistication than Left Bank boho. We half expect to find Leo Castelli in a corner, arguing over prices with Andy Warhol.
This is all hardly surprising, considering Le A is a collaboration between architect/interior designer Fréderic Mechiche, and Fabrice Hybert, artist, both contemporaries of Andy and Leo – and, thanks to their vintage, well versed in the nuances of classic Seventies chic. Mechiche is a devotee of ‘minimalism lite’. Hybert’s work is a very French intellectual hybrid of Claes Oldenburg and Cy Twombly, coloured by Morris Lewis. And it works…’
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You say… ‘Just had an amazing few days at Hôtel Le A and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. It had the small yet stylish feel of a true boutique hotel that we were looking for, great location just off the Champs-Élysées and the staff were extremely friendly. They recommended a special restaurant to me ahead of our trip called Maison Blanche about 10 minutes walk away which whilst wasn’t cheap was fantastic and one of the best meals we’ve ever had and with stunning views across Paris and the Eiffel Tower.’ (Andrew, BlackSmith, stayed on 18 Jul 2012.)
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