One comes to Paris for the authentic historical elegance, and from the street level the Vernet’s century-old, purpose-built post-Haussmann building certainly fits the bill, perfectly blending in the area’s architectural style. But it’s what hidden behind the sandstone façade that makes this place special.
Our visit to the hotel was only going to be for one night, so our senses were particularly heightened as we set off to take in all of Hotel Vernet in the short amount of time.
Striking the right note with our design sense, Vernet interiors’ appeal lies in how the style compliments the building’s heritage.
The Paris-based architect François Champsaur transformed the once traditional interiors in an impeccably sleek redesign. In a pared-down and simple approach, the designer employed light and volume to furnish the hotel’s spaces with just the right shapes, fabrics and colours.
The décor is never overdone, embodying the Parisian elegance. There is a fair amount of art, but it’s quite lightweight and straightforward, and the furniture pieces are almost conservative in their simplicity.
All this lets the historical elements of the building shine: the classic staircase with stained-glass style windows, wounding around a glass-fronted elevator—or the hotel’s magnificent centrepiece covering the restaurant: the ornate glass roof and dome, designed by the one and only Gustave Eiffel.
From the street level the hotel doesn’t initially come across as anything out of the ordinary—just another quasi-Hausmann Parisian townhouse… maybe just a bit better maintained than the neighbouring buildings.
But the experience of the Hotel Vernet goes well beyond that. It’s small, but well equipped and prepared to cater to business customers, travelling couples—and anyone who comes to Paris for a shopping spree… or just to sightsee. After all, some of the world’s best luxury boutiques are just a short walk away and Place Charles de Gaulle with the Arc de Triomphe is virtually just across the street.
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