After Brach Paris recently opened to much fanfare, in part due to Philippe Starck design and a rooftop terrace with a much coveted Eiffel Tower view, and with the buzz already building for Evok Hotels Collection’s next two openings, the group’s first Paris outpost, Nolinski, has been slightly overshadowed.
But for travelers looking for peaceful privacy, this only adds to Nolinski’s appeal. It is one of the few hotels in the city which remains a true hidden secret. Located on the bustling Avenue de l’Opéra, right in the heart of Paris, even Nolinski’s entrance is so discreet it is easily missed. However, step inside and the hotel’s low lighting, personalized fragrance, and Carrara marble reception set the mood for an intimate and luxurious stay.
Designed by architect and decorator Jean Louis Deniot, who usually imagines private homes rather than hotels, each of the 36 rooms and nine suites have been styled with understated elegance. All share the same level of design and attention to detail, although each is furnished in its own unique color palette of green, raspberry, beige, blue, yellow, or tawn, chosen to enhance the shades of grey used for the walls and the rich mix of fabrics.
Inspired by the art and culture of the neighborhood, and invoking the homeliness of a Parisian apartment, paintings hang on the walls and fashion and art tomes can be found in every room. The furniture is custom-made, and even available to buy if you fall in love with a particular piece (the beautifully curved lacquered wardrobe might catch your eye), with heavy drapes, plush carpets, marble bathrooms, and neoclassical wood paneling just some of the finishing touches. Also worth noting is the hotel’s staircase, with its dreamy clouds entirely hand-painted by artists.
Next door, there is Brasserie Rejane, Nolinski’s restaurant, accessible to hotel guests via a door in the lobby and where the excellent breakfast is served to you at your table. Although open the public, many diners don’t even realize it is part of the hotel. At the back of the restaurant can be found another of Nolinski’s secrets, the Grand Salon bar, lavishly decorated in green velvet and accessorized with a bronze fireplace, stacks of books, and grand piano, which guests are welcome to play.
Downstairs, do not miss a dip in the rather sensual candlelit pool, crowned by a mirrored ceiling. There is also a very good-sized sauna and hammam available for relaxation, and spa treatments courtesy of cutting edge Swiss beauty brand La Colline and Parisian organic beauty brand KOS for those looking to add the final touch of pampering to their stay.
Evok Hotels’ Sinner and Cour des Vosges are due to open in Paris summer 2019.
Nolinski Paris, 16 Avenue de l’Opéra, 75001 Paris. Tel: +33 (0)1 42 86 10 10.
Lead photo credit : Nolinski Paris, Suite Joséphine. Photo: Gde Laubier