There are famous hotels, and then there are famous rooms in famous hotels. The Prestige Suite at the Fauchon L’Hotel in Paris, France, is one of those chambers whose reputation precedes them.
But first, a little history on the hotel. Fauchon L’Hotel is owned and operated by renowned French food and delicatessen group Fauchon, and it opened less than a year ago on September 1, 2018. Its launch was significant because it was the first time in 132 years that the brand stepped outside of the food and beverage industry – apart from the fact that it is an amazing hotel.
At first glance, it might appear as if someone went a little fuchsia-crazy while decorating the apartment – after all, two statement full-length couches in its salon are decisively violet. But that’s understandable, considering that the typical Fauchon shop features a heavy use of purple throughout. Walking through the hotel, it is evident that the architects took most of their design cues from the brand’s first and most iconic store, located only a few doors down in the tiny but busy 8th arrondissement.
Even the lush floor rug, laid over V-shaped mod wood flooring, showcases bold hints of purple and pink, interspersed geometrically with tiles of black and beige. A marble-topped coffee table featuring a giant flower centrepiece, a side marble table with bronzed legs, a rose gold cabinet, and a glass display shelf stacked with double squared lamps are among the other unexpected elements that help to elevate the look of an otherwise archetypal parlour.
The highlight of the living room has to be the double window-door exposures that lead out to the most spectacular view of the L’église de la Madeleine, one of the most famous churches across Europe. Royally-white walls with renaissance-style borders transition beautifully into ten-foot high ceilings, a rare sight in Parisian hotels, giving the suite a spacious feel.
A separate master bedroom – divided by a cleverly-positioned wall – greets you when you turn the corner. This space continues the modern renaissance theme of the hotel, culminating in a mirror-meets-opaque-colour-block back-of-the-bed wall feature, as well as a super inviting king-size bed fitted with a gorgeous olive headboard.
A black-and-white patterned bed bench and accompanying window-place stools complete the contemporary-yet-classic aesthetic of the hotel’s most prestigious room.
But perhaps the hotel’s biggest selling point, is the “Gourmet Bar”, which is found in every room, from the deluxe rooms all the way to the Prestige Suite. Replacing the traditional mini bar, the Gourmet Bar reflects the original Fauchon brand’s dessert origins.