By Nichole Osinski - December 4, 2016
If you need a moment of serenity amidst the craziness that often comes with traveling then there’s a place in the heart of Paris that calms the mind and more. What is this place? It’s the Hôtel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe Paris, which was lovingly built on along the rue de Corcelles. It’s off the busy street and past the glass doors that the sounds of the city become quiet and your every need is met.
Whether your escape means simply sitting on your balcony with a picture-perfect view of a famous landmark just beyond or spending an hour or two indulging in an unforgettable meal, the hotel delivers. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that this all takes place in one of the most famous, and beloved, cities travelers have come to know.
Art Deco There may be one definition for luxury in the dictionary but how it’s conveyed are two very different things. The Hôtel du Collectionneur is a prime example. No doubt there was inspiration taken for the structure from the other grand buildings around the area. Those buildings might include the Musée Jacquemart-André or maybe even the Arc de Triomphe that can be reached by a quick trip down the Avenue Hoche. Nevertheless, the hotel has its own unique style that is hard to surpass. The building, which sits across from the Parc Monceau, was designed in a style that reflects the transatlantic liners that were once the height of luxury. Though the hotel was designed by Jacques-Emile Ruhlmann for the 1925 Paris Universal Exhibition, its history has a foundation in the 18th century when the area first became home to prominent mansions and houses. Many of the patrons who lived on the surrounding streets have had their bequests displayed in a number of the city’s museums and libraries.
When it was time for the hotel to be built, inspiration was taken from some of the greats, including Jules Leleu and Armand Albert Rateau. The result was a one-of-a-kind hotel that still holds true to the work birthed during the 1925 International Exposition of Modern Industrial and Decorative Arts. There are hints of Chicago’s classic building aesthetics as well as the calming outdoors with the installation of a central garden complete with a glass pergola. But the designers didn’t stop there. Even the windows were crafted with alabaster while symmetric stone blocs stay true to the Art Deco feel. Years later, the hotel still feels as if it was plucked from a more glamorous time and set down to let guests feel like they’ve stepped back in history.
Litte Details While some hotels may focus just on the comfort of the beds or the food served at their restaurant, the Hôtel du Collectionneur takes it one step further. The hotel has inspiration from the Art Deco period and at the same time brings in a wide variety of individual art pieces for guests to experience. The pieces of artwork, bought at auctions throughout the world, are strategically placed throughout, such the lobby where Martel’s sculpture graces the center. Visitors can also find a console by Edgar Brant in the lobby and another in the lounge. Other pieces, like Rateau’s bronze bench, may not stand out at first but create a pleasant surprise once you do discover this isn’t any ordinary piece of furniture.
There are others but that can be found throughout. Of course, another unique touch that shouldn’t be overlooked is the 8,611-square-foot garden area that is filled with flowers, orange trees and cypress hedges to name a few. It’s a place of tranquility with its granite infinity fountain and patio that overlooks the greenery. Additionally, there are two other terraces—one that is more hidden and open only during fair-weather months and a second, Terrasse du Purple, which connects the Rue de Courcelles and the Purple Bar for guests to enjoy during the day. And when the garden tour is over the Purple Bar or Le Safran Restaurant incorporate those same intimate details throughout, whether that be aperitifs at the former or brunch at the latter.
The Stay It’s not enough to just look at a hotel—to really appreciate it, you have to experience the inner workings and the best way to do that is to book a stay. When that stay is at the Hôtel du Collectionneur each day is a chance to indulge while always knowing a quiet respite awaits back at the room. And with 478 rooms, which includes 52 suites and 92 executive rooms, it’s impossible not to find the right fit. The rooms are situated on seven floors that circle the patio with select rooms offering the bonus of private terraces that look out onto the Eiffel Tower. The hotel’s Art Deco is present throughout the rooms and is combined with the same feel of the ocean liners of the early 1900s. While updated with modern amenities, guests will find classic touches, like the Brazilian rosewood doors and Macassar ebony furniture. For the height of luxury request to stay on the 6th or 7th floor, both of which have access to a private lounge with catering and a private terrace.
The attention to detail the hotel is known for isn’t limited to only the bedroom; the bathrooms are a work of art in and of themselves. Here guests will discover an area that is closed by a silk-screen-printed glass door complete with motifs straight from a 30s novel. And for anyone wanting the best of the best, the Presidential Suite is the answer. The 1,600-square-foot space consists of two rooms as well as a hammam and a spa bath. However, the best part is undoubtedly the terrace view that looks over the Andalusion Patio and out onto the Eiffel Tower. It’s just another reminder why Paris is such an enchanting city and why the Hôtel du Collectionneur is the best way to see it.