A Welcoming Comfort in the Heart of Paris.
Story by Theresa Catena
However exhilarating and enchanting the city of Paris is, its bright lights and perpetual thrill can be exhausting. Which is why choosing a hotel that is both ideally located and actually comforting to return to at day’s end is worth giving thought to prior to takeoff.
Paying homage to the home of Baltazar Beauchamps, an imaginary art collector who has a passion for world exploration, the recently renovated Hotel Beauchamps provides chic, welcoming comfort in the heart of the city. Situated in the glamorous 8th Arrondissement, it is just a few minutes’ walk to Avenue Champs Élysées, fine French dining and the city’s most fashionable street of all, Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Feeling more like a well-appointed modern townhouse than a hotel, the lobby and adjoining library lounge are inviting with a large fireplace, deep-seated sofa, rosewood bookcases and eye-catching objets d’art. Infused with a 1930s far-east flare, French interior designer Pascal Allaman is the man behind the hotel’s contemporary eclecticism and charm, and has taken inspiration from the primary-colored, color blocked canvases of Dutch painter Mondrian to give the lobby and library a sleek and eye-catching touch.
The intimate, at-home vibe continues upstairs where the hotel’s 89 rooms are awash in soft earth tones and modern amenities such as deep downy beds and white artsy bathrooms with towel warmers, which were very welcomed during our winter holiday stay. Awash in a palate of cherry red, chocolate and gold, our peacefully quiet room overlooked a courtyard and included a beautiful lacquered armoire and a large reproduction of a Victor Hugo canvas above the bed.
Though we spent our days voraciously devouring the sights, sounds and tastes of the city, we visited Velvet, the hotel’s restaurant, every morning for its simple French breakfast buffet, consisting of perfectly flaky croissants, fresh seasonal fruit and unforgettable coffee. An old-fashioned neighborhood bistro, it is outfitted with black slate floors, wood and glass cabinets, open wine displays and tall white leather banquettes that are perfect for a private, intimate meal, and in our case, for starting the day while pouring over our travel books and mapping out the day’s plan of attack. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant is chicly-styled with a relaxed ambience, and larger groups can utilize the bistro’s high communal table.
Of course, when in Paris, it’s essential to seek out the city’s local fare and newest restaurants, and the hotel’s concierge is gracious and happy to assist.For more information, visit: www.hotelbeauchamps.com.