December 16, 2012

The World of Designers Hotels: Mandarin Oriental, Paris

Mandarin Oriental, Paris is Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group's first address in France, at the heart of this fashion capital and with the Garnier Opera, Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre all close by. Mandarin Oriental, Paris is a modern hotel housed inside an historic Art Deco building that comes alive with unique character. Everything about this elegant hotel says ‘Paris’, from its sense of style to the immediate sense of belonging, and of luxury to be enjoyed. Comfort meets modern in a hotel that is infused with a subtle air of exoticism and romance, making every stay a singular experience.
 
 
The hotel brings together the foremost international names in architecture and design. The architect Jean-MichelWilmotte has supervised renovation of the building, its facade and garden, in consultation with landscape design agencyNeveux-Rouyer. Sybille deMargerie of SM Design imagined the interior design and decoration of the rooms, suites, Spa and public spaces whileAgenceJouin-Manku lent its talent to the bar and restaurants.

Since the 16th century, the site of Mandarin Oriental, Paris has been a Capuchin monastery, a hippodrome, a theatre (the Cirque Olympique) and even a royal riding school. The two wings of the Art Deco building of Mandarin Oriental, Paris are the work of Charles Letrosne, a distinguished Parisian architect of the 1930s who also contributed to World Fairs held in the city. Accommodation on the top floor of the hotel may be connected to create the biggest suite in Paris, measuring 1,000 square meters.
 
 
The imposing stone bar in the hotel's Bar 8 weighs nine tons and was designed by Agence Jouin-Manku. Intricately assembled from stone quarried in Spain, it originally weighed 50 tons and was cut in Italy by craftsmen working round-the-clock for two months. The fan that is the symbol of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group is a unique haute couture creation by Maison Lesage that took more than 200 hours to make.
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