Hotel Panache — Paris, France
Adrien Gloaguen – the man behind Paris’ charming Hotel Paradis – has teamed up once again with designer Dorothée Meilichzon to launch a second hit three-star venture that abounds quirky Parisian soul.
Located in the city’s vibrant 10th arrondissement, surrounded by colourful neighbourhood eateries and shops, Hotel Panache – nicknamed the ‘flat iron’ because of its peculiar silhouette – comes with 40 equally bizarrely configured rooms, unwittingly giving the property its stand-out charm.
Meilichzon has smartly made the most of the curved walls, tight angles and irregular alcoves with carefully placed furnishings and art deco-style bevelled-edge mirrors that are a departure from her usual retro style. In the guest rooms, trademark knotted wrought iron headboards feature, while wacky wallpaper takes centre stage.
The theme continues in the adjoining restaurant, where mosaic tiles, that form a graphic pattern, border the sombre walnut bar and geometric wall tiles add visual curiosity. Here, restaurateur David Lahner and chefs Paul Landre and William Ranson rustle up French neo-bistro fare.