Just a short hop from the Comic Opera of Paris, the doors of the Hôtel Saint-Marc open onto a universe created by the Milan design agency DIMORESTUDIO.
The traveller is guided into a building that was constructed in 1791 on the site of the private residence of the Duc de Choiseul. The building’s history is inseparable from that of Paris itself for it was here, in the offices of the newspaper Le National, founded by Adolphe Thiers, that on 27 July 1830 the solemn protest against the July edicts was drafted. That triggered the three-day revolution of 1830, known as the Trois Glorieuses.
At the beginning of the 20th century, the building housed the famous Italian restaurant Le Poccardi, an essential stop on any visit to Paris. It is said that Raoul Villain dined there on 31 July 1914, before going to assassinate Jean Jaurès in the Café du Croissant d’Or a few streets away. After serving a number of years as an office building, it was bought in 2013 by Nadia Murano and Denis Nourry, to whom is also accredited the Hôtel du Petit Moulin, designed by Christian Lacroix in 2005. They chose Britt Moran and Emiliano Salci of DIMORESTUDIO to bring life to the Hôtel SaintMarc in a manner appropriate to modern times yet respectful of its long heritage, mixing vintage furniture with made-to-measure creations.
The visitor is welcomed by a subtle alliance of black and white marbles in the purest of French tradition, walls delicately powdered in rose shades and rich and sumptuous velvets. Wide sofas encourage relaxation immediately on arrival. The metal and glass of the side tables lighten the roundness of their lines, and a sense of warmth comes from the wooden console tables with their brass supports. Lighting by the Fontana Arte lamps and wall lights creates a warm and cosy atmosphere.
In an extension of the reception lobby, the lounge has been designed in the spirit of a club bar, with bookshelves, small Art Deco-inspired armchairs in velvet and gilt metal, and low brass and glass tables, all designed with lightness in mind. Here, guests will find the honesty bar with its selection of wines and of champagnes kept in a refrigerated wine cellar.
Breakfast is taken in a large room with graphical lines of distinctly Art Deco inspiration, where at other times of the day the visitor can spend a quiet moment away from the lounge bar. The area is enlivened by the light, both direct and indirect, of the lamps in polished white glass and brass that hang over each table. A wide window opens onto a newly-created patio. The cobblestones and the graphic black and white of the low walls that recall the Buren columns in the Palais Royal place the visitor in an environment that is unquestionably Parisian.
On the upper floors, rose-coloured walls and deep carpet flamboyantly decorated in waves of palms guide guests to their rooms in an experience that is both visual and tactile. The intimate and peaceful atmosphere introduces further styles of décor which surprise the traveller by their elegance, the combination of noble materials, the soft and sumptuous palettes of colours and the graphical lines that draw their inspiration from the Art Deco era.
The Hôtel Saint-Marc has 25 bedrooms from 20 to 40 m² (about 215 to 430 ft²), and a suite of 56 m² (≈550 ft2). They have been designed as private apartments and to an immediately evident high standard of luxury, within which the traveller can create his or her own level of intimacy. The bedrooms of the Hôtel Saint-Marc are decorated in six styles, differentiated principally by their colours and materials. Mustard yellow, Burgundy red, pine green and sky blue form the backdrop to a range of decorative and artistic objects designed by artisans of the town of Murano.
The carpet (by Louis de Poortere), bedside lamps, bedheads and doors in mirror and brass, together with the various varnished wooden elements are all ingredients of an unexpected alchemy which is enhanced by the soft and intimate lighting. The bright and spacious bathrooms continue the sensation of comfort and elegance in a vintage ambiance of black and white.
The top-floor suite is another world altogether. Alternating deep and pastel colours, the richness of the velvets and the mix of wooden and metal furniture create a contemporary atmosphere with vintage touches, such as the brass bedhead that came from Osvaldo Borsani. The pink marble bathroom is an invitation to relax: it offers both shower and large bathtub, and also has small built-in cupboards as might be found in a private apartment. The suite has been designed so that the traveller immediately feels at ease, that he has returned home to his own Parisian pied-à-terre.
The Hôtel Saint-Marc has a fitness area decorated in the Art Deco spirit of the hotel, which offers a hammam (steam bath) and a swimming pool with hydro-massage jets and counter-current swimming. The area is available to hotel guests, who may reserve it for private use for their relaxation in the best possible conditions.