Later this spring, high end boutique brand Kimpton debuts in Paris with the Art Nouveau former Samaritaine Paris Kimpton hotel, currently under renovation.
This grand old department store is being reborn as a hotel, and is another example of how Paris preserves its architectural history for the future.
We take a look at the exciting plans for our capital’s newest residence for visitors in a beautiful historical building.
The second Samaritaine
Many are familiar with La Samaritaine, a former department store close to the Pont Neuf in the 1st arrondissement (district).
This iconic building is reaching the end of a massive refurbishment, reopening as a store, hotel, and real estate unit. We reported on the eco-friendly renovation in this blog a while ago.
However, there was a second Samaritaine, not as well known, in the 2nd arrondissement (district). This magnificent Art Nouveau building is the former Samaritaine de Luxe department store.
It is this second Samaritaine that is now drawing attention, thanks to its exciting new conversion into a boutique hotel.
The New Art Nouveau Samaritaine Paris Kimpton Hotel
The sister store to the Samaritaine opened in 1917, taking two years to build. It was intended for a wealthier clientele than the first, particularly for the well to do tourists visiting Paris.
The architect was Frantz Jourdain, who also designed the original store. Jourdain remains one of the greatest influences on Art Nouveau architecture.
His legacy buildings showcase all the finest features of the Art Nouveau style. This includes ornamental curved lines, floral patterns, and asymmetrical shapes.
It’s a style closely associated with Paris and the early 20th century. Along with department stores and apartment buildings, Art Nouveau is also seen at the entrance to some of our city’s beautiful old metro stations.
For many, the style immediately evokes a classic, Parisian aesthetic.
Kimpton debuts in Paris
Set on the Boulevard des Capucines in the Opera district, the Samaritaine de Luxe building oozes character and charm.
Marble and metal combine to great effect on the front with ornate railings and balconies, while inside there remains the original Art Nouveau staircase, spanning several flights.
It’s easy to see why Kimpton selected the building for their new hotel. It joins the brand’s portfolio of some 75 luxury hotels and restaurants internationally.
With a presence in cities throughout the United States, and in Europe from Amsterdam to London, it’s their first venture in Paris. Its Fitzroy property in London is also set in a stunning period building.
The city’s newest boutique hotel
The newest boutique hotel in Paris is set to breathe life into this heritage building.
The beautifully Art Nouveau elevator is being retained within the hotel, just one of the standout antique features.
New additions include a stunning rooftop terrace bar, offering clear 360-degree views of the Paris skyline. And of course, visitors can also indulge in a luxurious spa, gymnasium, and indoor pool.
There are 149 bedrooms including 24 suites, each with flavors of Art Nouveau.
Each guest room feels like a design-centric Parisian apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows, a balcony, and bespoke artworks.
The Kimpton St Honoré Paris opens for its debut season in spring 2021.
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