Before my departure for the Maldives, I had the time to go and see the new Kimpton Saint Honoré hotel in Paris. I give you my opinion.

A new hotel

It is not easy to install a renowned hotel in a place full of history. However, this is the challenge that the Kimpton brand has set itself, having just installed its first hotel in France. The brand dared to rework and create a new identity for the former art deco building of the Samaritaine de Luxe. The American group, founded in 1980, has managed to preserve the memory of the place and turn it into a luxury hotel without forgetting the history of the place. Moreover, the facade and the interior are listed as historical monuments (ISMH). The former haute couture store, founded by the Cognac Jay family in 1917, remained in business until the end of the 1970s…

A charming hotel

It took quite a coup to dare to innovate and design a new architecture in this place full of history. This is the success of this undertaking after seven years of hard work. The gamble paid off. As soon as you enter this historical place, you are seduced by the atmosphere of the past. Of course, there are the gracefully curved balconnets, the sumptuous staircase with its handrail made of exceptional iron. A little more, one would like to take the old elevators, the wooden cabins that have remained at rest but preserved in their juice. What literally blows you away is the luminosity of the lobby which invades the space.

Total refinement

A lobby open on what remains one of the most beautiful avenues in Paris, the Boulevard des Capucines. With a view over the rooftops of Paris, a panoramic view from the rooftop, this beautiful hotel offers in the heart of Paris, a setting with a couture spirit. A great Parisian hotel with elegant double rooms which is the new Parisian address. You can enjoy a hearty meal in its restaurant worthy of the great Parisian hotels. This five-star hotel offers a design hotel with superior rooms. One of those destinations where serenity is felt as soon as you walk through the front door. With its attentive staff, this private hotel is a charming and intimate hotel with a breathtaking view. A very Parisian art-de-vivre inhabits the place.

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A Parisian boutique hotel

Don’t think you’re on the Avenue Saint Honoré, the boutique hotel is located near the Opera. One can imagine the American fantasy of these designers who want to embody a Paris? From the outside, however, one would never have imagined when one arrives on the spot that it was a hotelel, despite its dream location in the city of light, ideally situated. Precisely opposite the Palais Garnier, a stone’s throw from the Madeleine church and the department stores, the resort hotel is decorated in a refined contemporary style.

The decoration

Charles Zana, an architect of private apartments, had the difficult task of reworking these spaces. From the lobby to the rooms, there are libraries and nooks and crannies for conversation and exchange. In short, the place is meant to be friendly. However, there is nothing extraordinary about the collections displayed. In terms of colour, the emphasis is on light colours and beautiful materials. The spirit of art deco is very apparent with this thick carpet. The decor evolves towards velvet combinations and deep colours to recreate this Haussmannian universe. Add to this an intense luminosity in this lobby even when in the evening the place is dressed in dark, the entrance hall remains well lit. You automatically feel good in this mastered universe of Parisian bobos.

Rooms and suites

149 rooms are spread out in three buildings whose rather complex access is made very simple by a battery of pre-ordered elevators. The rooms are comfortable and spacious, with a king size bed and a large armchair. A minibar, a safe and a bathroom corner complete the facilities. To note the location of the USB plugs was very well thought out contrary to the 3/4 of the hotels. A flat screen television is added to this set. Finally what a view! A view on Paris as there are few. The higher you go, the more you can see the capital. Our room, n° 615, follows the triangular shape of the building and opens onto three different viewpoints. We can even see the Eiffel Tower in the distance. But it’s on the rooftop that we have the most beautiful view of Paris.

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Contrary to 3/4 of the hotels, the hotel did not let itself be invaded by these modern equipments supposed to make life easier. As a result, you can turn off the lights without too much difficulty, which is not the case in many luxury hotels in the capital. The decoration is cosy and refined with an obvious sobriety in which one feels good. As far as noise pollution is concerned, an effort could have been made as the sounds of the street can be heard even if they are attenuated.

A wellness area

With a 330 m² spa where you are welcomed by a lotus flower tea, it is difficult to complain. Add to this the Codage treatments with a “masterly facial” in the resort spa cabins. An eleven-metre indoor heated pool is a beautiful invitation to escape and relax. A sauna and a hammam complete this beautiful facility (treatments from 130 € to 380 €). Not forgetting the fitness room which offers modern equipment to the most sporty of visitors. The spa is open to all, even to those who do not live in the hotel. You can receive treatments such as scrubs, modelling, wraps and massages. Optimal relaxation.

At the table and in the lounge bar

Direction: The Montecito, install

in a vast space open onto a large patio. With its upholstered benches and its planted area, the place is an escape. On the kitchen side, Nicolas Pastot has taken the helm of the place to serve Californian cuisine. It looks like street food served in large dishes. We have the chance to taste on recommendation the scampi tostadas

which is a real killer! As for the products, they are made in France as much as possible. The chef relies on local supplies. He knows the breeders who supply him with poultry and meat (the dishes are around 20 €). Concerned about animal welfare, the chef has dared to ban foie gras from the menu.

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As for the dessert, what can I say except that it is delicious without being overly sweet! For once, you can feel the mastery of pastry making. At the bar, Jonathan, head bartender, promises you a ” social hour ” every day between 5 and 6 pm. A few bottles of wine and soft drinks are offered to customers to ” get to know each other

“. The bar is located at the entrance of the restaurant and offers, among other things, an interesting whisky menu and two house cocktails.

The quality/price ratio

This is

where it gets tricky. Between €450 and €1200, excluding the suite, it’s clearly expensive compared to other hotels we’ve had the chance to visit. The Narcisse hotel is much more worth it if you want my opinion. Even if this hotel will find its clientele bon chic bon genre, the Kimpton embodies wonderfully these trendy haute couture hotels

that are currently successful.

Check out the visuals

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