Hotel des Academies et des Arts. We booked through Mr and Mrs Smith who were absolutely fantastic! I received a message from them overnight answering all my queries and wishing me a happy trip!
I could try to describe you the place, but Mr and Mrs Smith does it so much better:
Situated on the same Paris street that was once home to Gauguin and Modigliani, Hôtel des Academies et des Arts is a homage to the artists who once painted this part of the town red – and continue to do so. This 20-room hotel is the epitome of Left Bank chic, but that doesn’t mean it’s endearingly shambolic – standards and service are every bit as high-end as at the city’s grand five-stars.
The interiors are to die for! Reds and pinks, velvet chesterfields and a collection of coffee table books to keep you entertained for decades!
As members of Mr and Mrs Smith (only $25annually), we receive A glass of Louis Roederer champagne each and a selection of Pierre Hermé macaroons upon arrival! Yum!
We have a choice between 4 room styles. I still haven't chosen: the Comédienne, the Parisienne and the Man Ray are all so delightful! Which one would you choose?
Comédienne roomThe Comédienne room, with its huge bed head upholstered in red velvet, is a fitting tribute to the theatre world. The Comédienne is a touch bohemian, with its delightful views over the rooftops of Paris.
Man Ray roomA tribute to photography and to Man Ray: the traveler will appreciate the subtle interplay of contrasts, framing and perspectives. It has a largely masculine atmosphere, with dark coloured furniture, contrasting fabrics and walls embellished with mouldings: black and white are the dominant tones.
Parisienne-Left Bank roomThe ever-seductive Parisienne room is elegant, charming, romantic, sophisticated, left bank and refined. The light is softly filtered through fine fabrics, and the room is decorated in hues of cream and taupe. The bed is tucked away in an alcove under a canopy of purple crushed velvet. And finally, because the Parisienne adores shopping, there is a dressing room especially so that she can store her precious acquisitions from ... Paris left bank's shops.
Ruhlmann roomSpending a night in a Ruhlmann room is like traveling back in history to the twenties and the era of Art Déco. The Ruhlmann room is light, elegant and warmly welcoming, the perfect ambience. The bed boasts a bed head in embroidered grey satin, sanded glass light fittings, fully-integrated bedside tables and is pure perfection. It all exudes an air of luxury, calm and sensuousness. The perfect setting for guests’ creative side, and a welcoming cocoon for the traveller.
So, do you have a favorite?