It could have been just another period renovation, in yet another typically Parisian building. After all, when tasked with turning an 18th-Century townhouse into a luxury hotel, the most obvious thing would be to crank-up the 18th-Century. The Marignan didn’t—and that’s a good thing.
This is not to say the designer Pierre Yovanovitch did away with the old completely. He retained some valuable, original elements of the historical building—such as parts of the lovely staircase—but otherwise has transformed rather than adapted the interiors.
The result? A smooth black-stone façade, glossy floors, custom-made furniture, contemporary light features and original artwork. More like a contemporary pied-à-terre or private apartments, the spaces at the Marignan have an invigorating vibe, simplicity—and a touch of glamour.
Simple and classy by the Triangle d’Or
One of the best things about the Merignan is its 8th Arrondissement location—the hotel is tucked away in a quiet street connecting the famous Champs-Elysees with the shopaholic’s mecca of Avenue Montaigne. Close by is Grand Palais, and so are many esteemed art galleries. It’s the heart of Paris, in many respects.
We only visited for a day, and sadly the main restaurant was closed, occupied by an artist painting bespoke murals high on the walls—but the hotel’s ground floor bar was a great place to hang around, and the food served was excellent.
The bar is very much a focal point of the Marignan. It is its own space, zoned into two areas with very different moods, warm and airy main area and dark and funky back cavern.
Rooms follow the neutral contemporary style, with clean lines and a light decorative touch. Spacious and airy, with bright ensuite bathrooms and all mod cons, the rooms are unpretentious and comfortable.