Once a private bathhouse for the likes of Marcel Proust, a hotspot for the Bohemians of the Belle Époque, and a famed nightclub where Jagger and Bowie romped, Les Bains is gloriously back. Les Bains is both an homage to the heritage of its storied past and a bold new take on Parisian hospitality.
Thanks to the outstanding joint work of the architects and designers Vincent Bastie, Tristan Auer, and Denis Montel, the property shines as a vibrant, connected, international clubhouse and hotel, which includes a restaurant, bars, a private lounge, a club, guest rooms, and suites. Set at 7 Rue du Bourg L’Abbé, a jewel of the historic third arrondissement, the property is ideally ensconced in Paris’ old aristocratic district, a trove of atmospheric streets and architectural splendors.
Les Bains iconic “La Salle à Manger” restaurant is now characterised by neo-brasserie chic, although the space has retained some of Les Bains Douches’ originl charm – most notably in the form of Philippe Starck’s original 1978 black-and-white-checkered dance-floor. This pixelated objet d’art has been fully restored, where nearly two million tiles have been intricately hand-laid. Stalactite pillars borrow inspiration from natural shapes formed by water, with bulbous, droplet-like shapes hanging below the undulating red ceiling domes and rotundas. The red lacquered verticals columns are complemented by mahogany tables and the nineteenth century floral arabesque pattern of the entrance floor.
Less in the spirit of a traditional hotel, and more akin to a residence, Les Bains’ 39 spacious rooms and suites are each stamped with their own unique personality. Custom-crafted furniture sits amongst white marble, precious woods, Gainsbourienne carpets and replica sofas from Andy Warhol’s Factory. Rock ‘n’ roll whimsy permeates the rooms: from Joy Division album covers, playfully sexy ‘do not disturb’ signs, to beauty boxes of little luxuries, the whole is a package that transcends style. Each of the five junior and two suites come equipped with private hammams.
A sleek and sophisticated color palette of grey, white and black unites the rooms, while the hotel’s artistic essence is reflected by a constantly rotating curation of art. The result of various residencies, these works will be displayed throughout the hotel, and are available for purchase.
With it’s scratched and almost patinad walls, and distressed grey carpets, lifted by bright retro velvet orange couches, the rooms almost look like they’ve always existed – even after the ambitious overhaul. With its tangible soul and loads personality evident in every corner, it’s like Les Bains never closed.
Les Bains Paris 7 Rue du Bourg l’Abbé, 75003 Paris, France
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