If the walls could talk, they still wouldn’t be at Château Voltaire. The hotel is too slick and dedicated to bluffs. Founded by Thierry Gillier, co-owner of French fashion label Zadig & Voltaire, this quiet and sophisticated 31-room, five-star address in the 1st arrondissement has an atmosphere of gentle sophistication that encapsulates what we all know and love about Parisian luxury.
The French define aesthetics as “entre le bon sense et le bon goût”, the sweet spot between sensation and taste, but there is more to it than this. The thoughtful and slightly decadent selection of Château Voltaire’s well-researched style lends itself to a sublime charm.
Why stay here?
The interior exudes elegant restraint with a touch of bohemian flair thanks to the trendy design studio of Paris Festen and Franck Durand, the creative agency behind the campaigns of hit French brands Sandro and Isabel Marant. Durand is also married to fashion icon and former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief, Emmanuelle Alt, which shows that he is well versed in the art of living well.
The hotel’s laid-back salon sets a novel tone: it is both minimalistic and perfectly in keeping with its Parisian bourgeois charm. Soft-tone abstract paintings hang alongside elegant mid-century furniture with carefully curated antiques.
Snapshots of the area may include a stone bust of a Jean Cocteau-like figure, a rare Slim Arons picture book, various knurled terracotta vases, and a collection of rustic plates. , certainly hand-selected from an eclectic mix of auction houses, chic boutiques and Paris’ famous Marché aux Puces.
This cool décor extends to the bedrooms, which continue the hotel’s love of the Baroque leaf-patterned rug. Actress Julia Fox was recently photographed lounging on this chic gold and blue clad floor looking great with the PVC outfit.
Beds come with beautiful pressed white linens, caramel-colored cushions, and soft, fuzzy mohair sheets. A must-see highlight is the pantry-like mini-bar full of chic French delicacies and treats, including boutique candles.
White marble bathroom with double sinks big enough for makeup ah deux, or maybe even ah trois. Model Laetitia Casta, French singer Clara Luciani and fashion designer Ludovic de Saint Sernin are all recent guests, so it’s best to stock yourself with a matching luxury wardrobe.
Food and drink
Château Voltaire doesn’t have to go to great lengths to appeal to a young fashion crowd. First up, there’s Brasserie Emil, crowded every night of the week and led by a handsome young chef who has captivated the heart of the city with his langoustine on natural sourdough. made and fragrant risotto served in each Mauviel copper pot. Everything is delicious and the atmosphere is always buzzing.
Most people start the evening at the hotel’s bijou bar La Coquille d’Or, which, as the name suggests, has a chic interior and a glamorous atmosphere as if you were confined in a magic seashell. Dark wood and luxurious velvet upholstery.
What makes it different?
Breakfast at the Château Voltaire is in itself a fine dining experience. Many different dishes come in delicious and eye-catching portions – imagine a scoop of mashed butter on a thin plate of toast, sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. You will have room for lunch, which is important in Paris.
Hotel guests also enjoy the privilege of using the hotel’s spa for one hour. Make your reservation and use the small pool and sauna without intermingling. As you can imagine, this was a huge hit with couples.
Château Voltaire is located in the geographical center of Paris, within walking distance of the Tuileries Garden, Opera Garnier, Louvre Museum and Palais-Royal. Luxury shopping paradise Saint-Honoré is also a wonderful thing.
Things to know before you book
If you intend to dine at Brasserie Emil, book a table in advance, especially on weekends. Those who really want to relax can rent an apartment on the top floor of the hotel complete with a garden courtyard designed by Louis Benech, France’s most famous living landscape designer who designed the green spaces. worldwide including the Versailles Country Theater and Diane von Furstenberg’s rooftop garden in Manhattan.
Château Voltaire, 55 Rue Saint-Roch, 75001 Paris, France; chateauvoltaire.com
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