Hotel Delano Paris
I’m headed to Paris tonight (I’ll already have arrived by the time those of you with the email subscription read this post) and I can’t wait to get back to my favorite city. I spent a month there last spring to celebrate my birthday but this trip will only be two weeks. I’m extra excited that my friend Andrew Brown will also overlap for a week of my trip since we had such a nice time together in Paris last year. He has been there for a few weeks already shopping for antiques for a new client project in Punta Cana and I look forward to accompanying him to the big flea market. He and his partner just found the amazing new Hotel Delano Paris last night and he kindly shared some of his photos with me. It just opened at the beginning of April in an 18th-century mansion that was formerly home to the Buddha-Bar Hotel. The same team behind the Hotel Delano in Miami were responsible for the two-year renovation which includes a Mediterranean restaurant, La Chambre Bleue, helmed by Michelin-starred Spanish chef Dani García, as well as a chic cocktail bar that just opened three days ago.
The five-star hotel, which features 56 rooms including 19 suites, seeks to capture the atmosphere of the original Miami venue that was opened by Ian Schrager in 1995 but I have to say that the finished rooms look much nicer than the original renderings. Spanish interior designer Lázaro Rosa-Violán kept the wonderful architectural details of the rooms and included warm modern furnishings that keep it from looking too cold and contemporary.
“The linen drapes and bedding, which are custom-made, recall those in Miami. It’s intentionally bare. There will be some decorative objects, but we really wanted to keep that white, minimalist vibe, even though the moldings give the location a Parisian feel, since we’re in a private mansion that was built in 1734,” said Emmanuel Isaia, director of communication and public relations of Maison Delano in WWD.
The building, set around an inner courtyard, is located on Rue d’Anjou in the 8th arrondissement, in a high-security area that is also home to the British embassy, the U.S. ambassador’s residence and the Elysée presidential palace.
Delano is betting on a convivial and unpretentious approach, though with a 200-member staff, it aims to equal the level of personalized service of nearby establishments such as La Réserve. “Clients today are exacting and well-informed, and will not return if they’ve been disappointed,” Isaia cautions.
The Hotel Delano Paris is still very under the radar if you want to book it or the restaurant for your next trip. I definitely want to stop by if I have time too.