Hôtel des Grands Voyageurs

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Hôtel des Grands Voyageurs (Paris)

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THE STORY: The EQ Group is back for a second time in the Paris of yesteryear with Hôtel des Grands Voyageurs, another Left Bank gem. After the Hôtel Dame des Arts, the London firm took over the former Holiday Inn at Saint-Placide (not exactly a stroll through the park in terms of renovation!) and let Fabrizio Casiraghi transform it according to his whims. The renowned architect combined the elegance of the 1930s and 1940s with a taste for travel via nods to trains and ocean liners from back in the day, turning this hotel into a destination in and of itself. Right at the entrance, the mahogany walls, marble bar and olive green velvet armchairs set the stage for the hotel’s revisited period decor, which is taken a step further with the transatlantic plates served at the hotel restaurant and bar, discreetly tucked away in the basement and decorated with different essences of wood. There, you’ll also find the same star-studded carpeting as the 138 bedrooms upstairs, all of which are elegantly decorated, from the Classique room with its cream-colored walls and leather coffee tables, to the artsy Junior Suite which comes with its own record player. In short, your ideal pied-à-terre for a stay in the capital. Double rooms starting at €267 a night. 

TOILETRIES: Diptyque soap and shampoo.  
BREAKFAST: The buffet is included in the price of your room, featuring a whole range of organic products sourced from regional producers, like the Ferme de la Tremblaye. And there’s something for everybody, from the simple coffee-croissant combo to the full breakfast feast for hungry guests – loads of different breads, brioche, viennoiseries, cakes and pancakes, flan, yogurts, cheeses and charcuterie… 
LITTLE LUXURY: The wellness space, which includes a well-equipped fitness center and a piping hot sauna, is adorned with a fresco by the Italian artist Assia Pallavicino.

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