THE HOTEL ALLURE Located just steps away from the Church of La Madeleine, Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré and the Champs-Elysées, the Hôtel du Ministère, de- signed by interior architect and designer François Champsaur in 2011, has now added 18 new rooms to its original 24. Linked by a bright and colourful breakfast room, the two adjacent buildings now adjoin the original hotel. The new street side wing is crowned with a top floor skylight whilst the courtyard side wing features a regal Eiffel Tower style structural façade. The new Hôtel du Ministère addition offers unique duplexes and singular rooms with glass ceilings. Romantic spaces with an industrial Eiffel Tower aesthetic, bathed in starlight streaming through glass ceilings, with warm beech wood nests integrated with the original hotel panelling.   Hotel_du_Ministere_J2_44751_resize.jpg Hotel_du_Ministere_J2_44694_resize.jpg   Spacious rooms of up to 50 m² with work desks and lounges that easily convert into second sleeping spaces to comfortably accommodate business travellers and family holidaymakers alike. The Hôtel du Ministère is the ideal address for those who find Parisian charm irresistible. Our new addition also offers all-inclusive rates with breakfast, mini bar, soft drinks, unlimited wifi and access to the fitness room. Buffet style breakfast is served in a new spacious, sunlit room filled with vibrant colour. Savour freshly squeezed fruit juices, pastries, organic dairy products, a wide variety of organic breads and cereals, eggs and smoked salmon, as well as a large selection of cheeses, cured meats and hot beverages. Every day from 3:30 pm to midnight, the breakfast room transforms into the Honesty Bar. Make yourself at home and take a break for afternoon tea, pre-dinner or after-dinner drinks in a space that embodies the colour and sleek lines of Mondrian.   Hotel_du_Ministere_J2_44795_resize.jpg Room service is also conveniently available from 5 pm to 1:30 am. The hotel has paid very special attention to ensuring that this new addition retains the friendly and inviting ambiance that sets this boutique hotel apart. Its graphic contemporary design and works of fine art adorning the rooms and common areas collectively offer a visual feast for the eyes. A wide range of customized services are also available for more selective and sophisticated guests who require a bit more, whether just here on business or visiting Paris on a family holiday.   Hôtel du Ministère Room Rates Standard single: from €165 Superior double: from €182 Deluxe double: from €198 Deluxe executive: from €231 Deluxe executive with glass ceiling: from €264 Junior suite: from €264 Duplex: from €330   THE INTERIORS François Champsaur puts his stamp on yet another project for the Hotel du Ministere, paying tribute to the artist and fashion designer studios that were formerly housed in this building. The metal structure of one of the building’s façades reflects the late nineteenth century architectural style of the Eiffel Tower. Many of the hotel rooms overlooking the courtyard enjoy two-story steel-framed glass walls that provide light and spectacular panoramic views of Paris.   Hotel_du_Ministere_44453_resize.jpg   Echoing the existing industrial aesthetic of the building, the design objective for this addition aimed to be particularly resolutely graphic. Geographic forms contrast and complement one another, just as pops of colour balance the predominant presence of black and white, enhancing the rooms in unexpected/surprising ways. The spirit of the ‘artist’s studio’ is omnipresent in the linear fixtures and fittings along with the graphic design of the black and white carpet. The painterly brushstrokes of the carpet provide spatial rhythm and echo the play of colours between the armchairs, drapes, cushions and mosaic flooring in the bathrooms. Each room features a colour scheme based on one of the three primary colours. The oak headboard along with the opening/door to the bathroom softens the geometric lines, infusing the space with a harmonious balance of energy.   Hotel_du_Ministere_J2_44723_resize.jpg   All of the rooms on the courtyard have a mezzanine overlooking the living room like an eagles nest. In the bathrooms, there is a play on volume in black and white thanks to the asymmetrical washbasin which imitates the mirror / which is reflected in the mirror. The glass tile flooring is softened by the marble which makes up the washbasin and bathtub.   Hotel_du_Ministere_J2_44704-1_resize.jpg Hotel_du_Ministere_44531_resize.jpg   Signature pieces, such as Carlo Molino’s Gilda armchair or Franco Albini’s Tre Pezzi, add to the unique character of each room as their tubular steel frames accentuate the industrial ambiance of the building. The black light fixtures by Serge Mouille reinforce this sensibility/feeling while the curvilinear black and white wall light fixtures about the nightstands by Atelier Troupe kinetically contrast the rectilinear lines of the dressing tables that are in the same colours with comparable visual appeal.   Hotel_du_Ministere_44391_resize.jpg   The soft and subdued night light juxtaposes with the large windows that allow natural light to engulf the space during the day creating light effects that highlight the hotel’s architectural elements and surface textures. The drawn curtains, designed like paintings, make up a colourful atmosphere. The plaid woven wool only reinforces this feeling. Francois Champsaur, in collaboration with the owner of the Hotel du Ministere chose the art work to decorate each space. Gouache, drawings and engravings all bring a unique touch that gives its intimate elegance. The galleries Marie Ricco, Maeght, Catherine Putman and Glineur Item Editions helped to complete the collection hat was already in the hotel along with the sculptures of Sebastien KJito, lithographs of David Lynch, the works of artist couple KRM and visual artists Carmen Perrin and Stephanie Guglielmetti.     Hotel_du_Ministere_44630_resize.jpg

By Danica Maričić

Interior Designer and Integrated Marketing Communications Pro, Loving Writing and Photography, Passionate about Life & Style, “True Blue” Mediterranean Girl, Curious Traveller & Designer