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Inside the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris by Studio Chloé Nègre

Inside the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris by Studio Chloé Nègre

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Named after the street it occupies, the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris lies directly in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, just a short stroll from the historic Procope restaurant. Once the favoured haunt of brooding artists and musicians, especially during the swinging sixties, the completely rejuvenated hotel is the latest gem in the Hôtels Paris Rive Gauche collection, ready and awaiting a new generation of movers and shakers.

Stepping off the street and passing through the hotel’s original solid-oak entrance doors, guests arrive in a small lobby area seemingly preserved through time. Tunes from another era fill the space, resonating from a small record player in the corner. But an emerald-coloured lacquered rattan reception desk offers a glimpse of what’s to come – a daring arrangement of 1960s and ’70s-inspired furniture and fittings sourced, imagined and designed especially for the hotel by designer Chloé Nègre. 

Inside the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris by Studio Chloé Nègre
Inside the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris by Studio Chloé Nègre.

Saint-André des Arts Hotel by Studio Chloé Nègre

From there on in, the interiors of Saint-André are a playground for cheerful curves, bold colour and enchanting patterns. Flower-shaped table stands and mirrors join carefully sculpted timber detailing. Vibrant swirling carpets are illuminated by bulbous lamps decorated with lace-like fabrics. And the bedheads upstairs make a statement in a sublimely confident mix of colour gradients and materials. 

Here and there, vintage furniture pieces are combined with custom makes, as well as modern classics. Including pieces by iconic designers from the late 1960s, such as Verner Panton’s ‘Fun’ ceiling and wall lights; Vico Magistretti’s ‘Eclisse’ lamp by Artemide; Henry Massonet’s ‘Tam Tam’ stools; and Anna Castelli Ferrieri’s ‘Componibili’ bedside tables by Kartell, each finished with a burr walnut top.

On the ground floor, to the right of the reception, the intimate salon features retro burgundy and beige floor tiles that immediately set the tone. Four custom made armchairs in citrus yellow fabric, a wall seat in burgundy-coloured velvet and a psychedelic 1960s-style mirror immerses guests in the hotel’s new mood. It’s an ambience which the hotel staff describes as feeling “a little pop, a little bohemian, slightly daring but totally timeless”.

Inside the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris by Studio Chloé Nègre
Inside the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris by Studio Chloé Nègre
Inside the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris by Studio Chloé Nègre.

To the left is the bar with its celadon green ceramic wall tiles, earmarked as “the perfect place to relax, delicately hidden from the street by netting on the windows,” the hotel team enthuses. Here, green velvet and leather wall seats provide a visual accent, in addition to the bespoke seats placed around small burr walnut side tables with “flower power” feet – a signature flourish of Chloé’s Paris-based studio. 

The centrepiece of the room is a large round rattan table, another custom piece by Chloé, that allows guests to share a moment together, seated in the vintage wooden chairs that accompany it. The bright yellow tabletop echoes the velvet of the armchairs in the room next door. “This is the perfect place to enjoy breakfast,” the team insists. Towards the back of the room, the granite bar adds an elegant touch to the space, which is bright yet intimate during the day. In the evening, it offers the ideal hideaway for sipping a pre-dinner cocktail or a nightcap nearer to midnight. 

The lift, elegantly decorated with fabric representing artist Jean Cocteau’s work Le Dormeur, is responsible for transporting guests to the hotel’s 28 rooms that are spread over four floors. A mezzanine wing offers two additional rooms bringing the total offering to 30 rooms. Several of these have an extra sofa bed, others interconnect, but “both [types] are perfect for family stays,” says the hotel staff. Room sizes range from a petite 14-16 square metres to about 29 square metres in the Prestige suites; a sleepover can cost from €179 (A$280) to €710 ($A1115) per night. 

Inside the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris by Studio Chloé Nègre
Inside the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris by Studio Chloé Nègre
Inside the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris by Studio Chloé Nègre.

While each room at Saint-André has a unique layout (“this is a venerable building with a very Parisian feel,” says the team), each floor offers a different chromatic interpretation of the 1960s and ’70s. The curtains are the surprise stars of the rooms, featuring dreamlike shades and alluring patterns that create an overall feeling of harmony. On the third floor, for example, Jim Thompson’s Melusine landscape (on fabric from Pierre Frey) sets the bar high for a joyful colour palette to follow. 

“You’ll love the original vaulted stone ceilings and zesty colours that give the space its energy,” the hotel team tells its guests. And whether your room has a view of rue Saint-André des Arts and the rooftops of Paris or is one of those nestled under the eaves, both of which are signature spaces contributing to the hotel’s resolutely Parisian charm, each room is a “new encounter between colour and light, the present and the past”.

From the in-house spa to the charming lodgings, “everything has been designed to revitalise guests, far from the effervescence of the city,” the team says of the hotel’s foundations that are now poised to witness a new chapter. A future, backdropped by iconic design, glorious colour and the inimitable stylings of Chloé, which the hotel staff predicts will come with a few surprises. “Expect classics with a twist, touches of humour, arty objects… and a little craziness,” they conclude. 

chloenegre.com; saintandredesarts.com

Saint-André dining room
Saint-André dining room detail
Saint-André dining room

Once the favoured haunt of brooding artists and musicians, especially during the swinging sixties, the completely rejuvenated hotel is the latest gem in the Hôtels Paris Rive Gauche collection.

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Inside the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris by Studio Chloé Nègre
 Inside the Saint-André des Arts Hotel in Paris by Studio Chloé Nègre
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