Hotel Bowmann: A Splendid New Boutique Hotel on Boulevard Haussmann
Hotel Bowmann is one of the newest additions to Paris’s boutique hotel scene. Located in the 8th arrondissement near many of the city’s art galleries and grand magasins, the hotel aims to offer guests both modern luxury and a truly Parisian experience.
Housed in a Hausmannian building on boulevard Haussmann itself, its hard to believe that the hotel was once a collection of offices. Reimagined by developer Hakim Buddha, architect Olivier Billiotte and interior designer Laurent Maugoust, the space now smoothly combines a sleek and contemporary décor while respecting the building’s classically Parisian design.
Dressed in a chic palette of immaculate white, champagne and rose pink with splashes of royal red, each of the hotel’s 48 rooms offers understated luxury. Gilded gold and chandeliers, as well as the original Hausmannian features of Hungarian parquet flooring, fireplaces, and marbled chimneys, are an opulent nod to the past and lend an almost palatial style to the hotel. Contrasting fabrics and textures – from the leather covered headboard to the “carved” sculptural exterior of the bathroom and smooth curves of moulded furniture from Knoll – add a touch of modernity. High tech amenities enable guests to indicate “Do Not Disturb” at the touch of a button, and marble bathrooms boasting Japanese toilets and underfloor heating are another example of the hotel’s take on modern comfort.
Large tubs and rain showers ensure a decadent bath time, with French perfume house Maison Francis Kurkdjian adding the finishing touch with a selection of heavenly-scented toiletries. Five suites are also on offer, naturally located in the building’s rooftops for spectacular views of the city and accessible by a private elevator. La Suite, the grandest of them all, also allows you to take in the sights of the Sacré-Cœur, Opera Garnier and more from the comfort on an outdoor Jacuzzi.
Downstairs, despite its boutique status, Hotel Bowmann offers the full hotel experience. Health and wellness is at the heart of the facilities, with the hotel tapping chef Grégory Cohen for the restaurant to create a menu based around organic and seasonal products in tune with nature and wellbeing. Guests can expect plenty of seafood dishes with a fresh Japanese twist; think wild ceviche and sake steamed shells and sea bream prepared with sakura leaves, and cuts of meat specially selected by star butcher Olivier Metzger.
During the week the bar is a popular spot for an after-work apéro and in keeping with the hotel’s “Made In France” ethos, cocktails pay homage to French history with local liqueurs and tonics also on the menu. Guests can enjoy privacy and a touch of green in the spacious terrace when the weather is more inviting.
The small fitness room has been kitted out with just the basics, but enough to squeeze in a workout while traveling. The stunning wellness area, on the other hand, invites you to lounge at your leisure. Don’t miss a dip in the large sapphire blue pool, reflected above in the mirrored ceiling, before enjoying the Jacuzzi and hammam. There is also a spa with pampering courtesy of Lacure Officine, the brand’s first address in Paris. Guests who manage to tear themselves away from cocooning can also speak to the hotel about the various packages on offer including a session with legendary photography studio Studio Harcourt and horseback rides in the gardens of the Château de Versailles.
Hôtel Bowmann, 99, boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8th. Rooms start at 450€ per night.
Lead photo credit : courtesy of Hotel Bowmann