Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Hôtel de Sévigné

On your next trip to the Champs-Elysées, you may want to check out the newly renovated Hôtel de Sévigné, a two mintue walk from the famed avenue. The 30 room hotel is aptly named after French Aristocrat and 17th century "A-Lister" Marquise de Sévigné. Sévigné wrote over 1000 letters during the course of her 70 years, mostly to her daughter, which were later published in volumes by her granddaughter in 1725. Her writing style contained a modern day wit as she chronicled daily life and exposed scandal and clandestine affairs of the royal court of Louis XIV. The hotel hallway above features an image Sévigné. Photos from Hôtel de Sévigné website.

Renovations were completed by Paris-based interior architects Didier and Fabrice Knoll. The quaint hotel is equidistant from the Eiffel Tower and Arch de Triumph.

Infrastructure improvements left a small budget for the interior architects to work with, but they managed to keep the elegance and flair of the society gal.

Nothing says French like embroidered fresh linens.

Furnishings were kept on the small side and patterns in the carpet and draperies add interest to the boutique style rooms.

Natural light from the small balcony gives this room a great view of the street and some exquisite French architecture.

Can you imagine a better place to eat breakfast?

Didier and Fabrice Knoll used the color lavender as a reference to Madame de Sévigné’s roots in Provence. The guest toiletries give an old world feel of a French apothecary.

Dontcha just love the size of a European bathroom? I guess you can't have it all.

Hotel walls and corridors display some of the writings of Sévigné. Such a lovely tribute to a woman ahead of her time!

3 comments:

anita @ a dreamer's den said...

one day i'll get to this hotel.
this is quintessential france, yes? (or what i imagine it to be.)
beautiful post.

Jill said...

Hey chica...I didn't know you were blogging again. I thought you took a sabbatical. I love the new design. That coral color is fantastic...one of my favorites!

Lucinda said...

Yes, I have been a slacker. School and work have been holding me hostage!