The Luxury Collection announced the grand opening of Hôtel de Berri, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris, on December 10. Owned by the Dokhan family, Hôtel de Berri offers eclectic, bold and refined designs devoted to the Parisian way of life. Meticulously styled by designer and artistic director Philippe Renaud, Hôtel de Berri features 75 guestrooms, including 35 suites, as well as Italian restaurant Le Schiap and cocktail bar Le Bizazz. The hotel’s preserved 3,000 square metre landscaped garden is a precious legacy of the building’s illustrious past.
Situated on Rue de Berri, one of the most sought-after addresses in Paris that has been home to aristocrats, royals and prominent leaders in French society since the 19th century, Hôtel de Berri draws inspiration from the trailblazers of the French Decorative Arts period including painters, designers and stylists from Coco Chanel to Salvador Dalí, with interior designs reflecting the “Art de Vivre” ethos made famous in the heart of Paris. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, the property was a private mansion for luminaries including Princess Mathilde and fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, Hôtel de Berri today aims to tell its storied history through the design of its rooms and public spaces.
A PARISIAN RESIDENCE CELEBRATING THE GREATEST NAMES IN DECORATIVE ARTS
Following the demolition of the property’s private residences at 18, 20 and 22 Rue de Berri, including the home once inhabited by fashion designer and 1930’s icon Elsa Schiaparelli, a vast office building designed by architect and city planner Maurice Novarina was constructed on the site. This unique building reveals an expressive, dream-like Parisian world within.
“Hôtel de Berri is the only Parisian hotel to feature a Novarina façade,” said Philippe Renaud, who was adamant that the façade be preserved in its entirety. “This unassuming and neutral exterior, spanning 54 metres in length, is the gateway to a magical interior full of aesthetic paradoxes. From surfaces to colours and textures, the curious and quirky design elements of Hôtel de Berri are a deliberate step away from traditional hotel design.
Wisdom, eclecticism and humour are common threads that run throughout the design of Hôtel de Berri. The Dokhan family, together with Philippe Renaud, have carved out several different decorative themes and ambiances that present vibrant colours, detailed parchments, ancient Chinese furniture, wrought-iron lamps, sketches and paintings.
Hôtel de Berri’s guest rooms and suites are divided into six categories: Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, Signature Suites, Prestige Suites, Berri Suites and the Suite Parisienne. Marble bathrooms feature heated flooring, Skinjay aromatherapy showers, TOTO toilets and luxury Diptyque products. Throughout, the hotel showcases elite pieces of Parisian art and interior design. Giacometti, Jean-Michel Frank, Madeleine Castaing, Henri Samuel and David Hicks are just some of the featured artists. The interiors also include subtle references to fashion designers such as Jeanne Lanvin, Marie-Laure de Noailles, Coco Chanel and, naturally, Elsa Schiaparelli, to whom this address was home for forty years.
The Suite Parisienne, in all its neo-antique glory, is Hôtel de Berri’s Presidential Suite, boasting 115 square metres. The three Berri Suites, each spanning over 100 square metres, use similar references to illustrious previous owners and visitors, allowing for a new discovery around every corner.
A PRIVATE RESIDENCE WHERE HOSPITALITY IS AN ART FORM
From the Sculpture Room, to the vast Suite Parisienne, and from Le Schiap restaurant to Le Bizazz cocktail bar, Hôtel de Berri offers a timeless sanctuary for international travellers and local Parisians alike.
The tone is set on arrival with a dramatic entrance hall where one’s eye immediately notices the grandeur reminiscent of a royal residence. From there, guests proceed to the Sculpture Room, populated by statues, busts and sculptures, some of which originate from the castings workshop at the Louvre. Considered the social hub of the hotel, the Sculpture Room features creative culinary offerings. The forty vintage fireplaces found throughout the property further the feeling that the hotel is an eclectic, Parisian residence.
AN EPICUREAN ADDRESS
Helmed by Executive Chef Michele Dalla Valle, Hôtel de Berri’s signature restaurant, Le Schiap, presents approachable Italian cuisine in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. Featuring seasonal ingredients and unique specialty dishes, the Le Schiap’s menu combines Italian flavours with French classicism. The restaurant is flanked by an expansive mural by artist and illustrator Hippolyte Romain who paints his own unique perspective of Paris and pays homage to the city’s high society of days gone by in this magnificent piece of work.
Hôtel de Berri’s Bar Bizazz offers a cocktail menu that is both inventive and unconventional, engineered by mixologist Christopher Gaglione. Concoctions by this surprising duo are specially created based on a certain location or ingredient.
Hôtel de Berri, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris is located at 18-22 Rue de Berri, 75008 Paris, France. For more information, please visit www.marriott.com/HoteldeBerri.