Just before the end of August, the London-based Hoxton hotel brand expanded into Paris. The Hoxton, Paris is the brand’s largest property with 171 guestrooms. It opens in an 18th-century hotel particulier, originally conceived by architect Nicolas d’Orbay for Etienne Rivié, an advisor to Louis XV.
The hotel’s classic French style is mixed with contemporary amenities. The redesign involves Parisian design studio Humbert & Poyet (for the guestrooms); Hoxton partner Soho House (for the public spaces); and Ennismore’s creative team.
The building’s history and surroundings influenced the property’s interior aesthetic. Soho House’s vision for the public areas honors the building’s original features with such elements as restored and relocated 18th century spiral staircases, reproduced vaulted brick ceilings in the restaurant, and reused 17th century cobblestones from the former courtyard in the double-height lobby.
Made up of seven meeting rooms and a communal pantry kitchen, Les Voûtes has barrel-vaulted ceilings. Meanwhile, dining concept Rivié is inspired by a classic French brasserie, with timber paneling, marble-topped bars, distressed plastered walls and banquette seating.
In the rooms, Humbert & Poyet included the building’s history through the cornicing, paneling and reclaimed oak chevron timber flooring, while incorporating feature walls and laminates to make the guestrooms contemporary. Room decor pays homage to two periods in Parisian history: the late 19th century and the 1950s, with Lampe Gras lamps, woven metal partitions, mid-century materials such as Formica, and references to late creatives including French designer, architect and metal worker Jean Prouvé, and Hungarian/French designer and material artist Mathieu Matégo.
Throughout the hotel, the designers incorporated pieces that were created or inspired by some of the country’s furniture and lighting designers.
The Hoxton currently has two hotels in London, in the city’s Shoreditch and Holborn districts respectively; as well as one in Amsterdam. In addition to the Paris hotel, the brand is set to open a location in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood later this year. The company also plans to expand to London’s Southwark district, as well as Chicago and Los Angeles.