For the restoration of some of the guestrooms and suites, the Hotel chose Marie-José Pommereau, who has been responsible for decorating the rooms for the last 14 years. The Hotel now has 154 rooms and 54 suites, having created an additional 14 rooms including eight suites and six guestrooms. Marie-José Pommereau chose a range of warm tones for the walls including peony, sun-infused yellow and silver as well as using materials such as damask, embroideries and plain silks from top couture houses to adorn the windows, armchairs and beds. “Our way of thinking has always revolved around our clients,” she says, “and our aim from the beginning has been to create spaces in line with our guests’ dreams and expectations, in other words guestrooms and apartments that remain intimate and extremely private, which they will be delighted to return to each time that they stay in Paris, as if they were coming back home.”
Marie-José Pommereau has recreated the atmosphere of an elegant Parisian apartment from the 18th century, paying tribute to the finest French arts and crafts. The sense of timeless luxury is shown through artefacts and objects, antique tables, mirrors and drawings, personally selected by the designer herself; an aficionado of top-quality furniture.
Alongside the restoration of the rooms, she also focused on the new suites, with their splendid 3.5m high ceilings, located right above the Harry Winston jewellery store and Le Relais Plaza.
The six newly created apartments overlook avenue Montaigne and can be privatised for guests’ exclusive use as well as being transformed into one apartment. While the two Prestige suites, situated in the corner of the building, are bathed in natural sunlight, the two Junior suites are equally as charming with their little medallion windows. The Superior and Deluxe suites offer guests a sense of space overlooking the avenue Montaigne. The cushions are embroidered with the Hotel’s logo by Jean-François Lesage and add a decorative touch to the rooms.
The eight new suites, at 21 avenue Montaigne, above Le Relais Plaza, include two new signature Eiffel suites, a Deluxe suite and a Prestige suite, all decorated in grey with pink or violet tones. As if looking at a painting, the signature suites overlook the Eiffel Tower through a silver-framed window.
The other part of Marie-José Pommereau’s mission consisted in renovating many of the bathrooms. This technical and aesthetic task was primarily focused on the lighting. Luminous “Calacatta” grey-veined white marble, sourced from Carrara, was used to adorn the walls, and new mirrors reflect the light to transform these bathrooms into boudoirs of our time.
The guestrooms also offer new services and technology which will be more practical and efficient for guests’ use. In addition to the existing special services (the pillow menu and the John Lobb shoe polishing service), the Hotel has equipped every room with an iPad to introduce the array of room services, and the telephones are now tactile. In addition, electric sockets have now been integrated in the furniture.