First five-star hotel in Eastern Paris opens doors

Involved in the design of Hotel Paris Bastille Boutet were Vincent Bastie and Astrid Dieterlen. (Hotel Paris Bastille Boutet is the first five-star hotel in Eastern Paris. )

AccorHotels expanded the MGallery by Sofitel brand with the opening of Hotel Paris Bastille Boutet in the capital's 11th district near Le Marais. Hotel Paris Bastille Boutet, the first five-star hotel in Eastern Paris, is located in the Bastille neighborhood, and is housed in a building that was first a joinery workshop and then a chocolate factory known as "Maison Boutet."

Vincent Bastie served as the project's architect, while Astrid Dieterlen led the design.

An emphasis was placed on the renovation of mosaics and the Art Deco canopy. The building's facade, dating back to 1926, was restored, while its industrial heritage is seen in the lobby bar’s leather sofas and in the well-being area with its white and blue glazed tiles.

The hotel has 80 guestrooms and suites. Paying homage to the hotel's past as a place of craftsmanship, students from the École Boulle, a public school of fine arts and crafts and applied arts, were selected to produce two signature suites, each with its own atmosphere.

The property also has the 1,600 square foot Décléor Spa, which features an indoor pool with jets, steam room, sauna and two hydrotherapy showers.

Another AccorHotels property to open was Hotel Santa Teresa, the first MGallery by Sofitel in Brazil. According to the company, the property showcases architecture preserved by the neo-modernist and eclectic colonial culture of Rio. The revitalization of the surrounding neighborhood began a decade ago with the restoration of the hotel and helped to support sustainable and cultural tourism to the destination, according to the company.

Other properties to open within the year include Palazzo Livorno MGallery by Sofitel in Italy's Tuscany region this summer, and Leicester Square MGallery by Sofitel in London this fall 2016.