Hot Hotels: The Hoxton Paris Opens

Hot Hotels: The Hoxton Paris Opens
The handsome The Hoxton, Paris is now open. This hot hotel is housed in a few interconnecting buildings in the heart of the Sentier district. The imposing 18th century hôtel particulier was designed by architect Nicolas d’Orbay for Etienne Rivié – advisor to Louis XV. Another building was a clothing factory (the Sentier is Paris’s atmospheric “schmutter” and textile district)– then left empty for 10 years. Today, after four years of transformation, it has a brand new identity. Sharan Pasricha, the brilliant London based entrepreneur founder and CEO of Ennismore which owns the Hoxton Hotels and Gleneagles in Scotland, explains the concept: “We’ve never been about just offering a bed for the night. We want to be more than that: providing a place where guests can hang out alongside the locals and discover the ‘hood’. Then there’s our eclectic program of monthly events, where we bring the outside in, and work with local creatives curating events unique to each location.” Across three elegant airy buildings, discover two stone and glass courtyards; restaurant Rivié; Jacques Bar – shaking and stirring creative cocktails/mocktails; a double-height lobby flooded with natural light; and Les Voûtes, a unique meeting and events space below stairs. The Hoxton, Paris’ 171 bedrooms, designed by Humbert and Poyet Architecture, are divided into four categories: Shoebox, Cosy, Roomy, and Biggy (priced from 99€-229€). The design team carefully studied each room’s unique features, creating a sense of individuality for each one. Shoebox rooms are designed to maximize space and feature Queen beds and walk-in showers. Cosy and Roomy rooms are slightly larger offering a mix of garden, street views, and terraces. Biggy is particularly spacious – a mix of roll top baths and walk-in showers. Each bedroom has bespoke chevron timber floors, elegant cornicing, bold feature walls and contemporary tiled bathrooms with antique-inspired fixtures. Hang your bag outside the door before you sleep and it will be filled with complimentary breakfast by morning. And, each room comes with Hox perks: free water, lovely products by Pen & Ink, WiFi, one hour of free calls to anywhere in the world, a mini fridge to stock with goodies from the in house boutique. Rivié, The Hoxton, Paris’ restaurant/brasserie (named in homage to the original owner) is open all day from 7am-midnight. On the menu are French-inspired dishes like the Entrecôte, chips, béarnaise, mustard leaves €29;  Hox Monsieur (Touraine red Le Bois Jacou 2016 €34); along with some Hoxton comfort food classics – Salade Hoxton (€21); Hoxton Cheeseburger (€15); Dessert Eton Mess (€6). The menu’s served in the main restaurant, the courtyard (with bucolic vertical garden as backdrop) and the lobby. Excellent cocktails, natural wines, and Parisian beers are available in each nook and cranny, including the Moroccan style Jacques Bar – accessed by a Majorelle style spiral staircase.  Les Voûtes is an atmospheric space with barrel-vaulted ceilings comprising seven meeting rooms and La Cuisine, a communal pantry kitchen. By day, it’s the ideal space for local businesses and entrepreneurs to host meetings and away days; by night, it becomes an event space for private dining and parties. Also note the eclectic community calendar of cultural and lifestyle events offering a platform for local start-ups and artists to showcase their work. The Hoxton, Paris, hosts yoga classes, workshops, masterclasses, lectures and exhibitions in the Hox Gallery. Demander le programme – Check out the events program! Albane de Forceville, PR & Cultural Manager, says the key to the success is that “The Hoxton doesn’t have a brand manual in developing the hotels. They are all stylistically different, involving unique buildings in gentrifying neighborhoods”. The Hoxton, Paris is the biggest Hoxton yet. With addresses in Holborn and Shoreditch, London, Amsterdam and with Williamsburg, Southwark UK, Chicago and LA coming soon it’s not so much a hotel – more a lovely lifestyle choice. See you there ! The Hoxton, Paris, 30-32 rue du Sentier, 75002. Metro: Sentier. Tel: 01 85 65 75 00

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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !