Nestled in a secret passage in the magnificent picturesque district of Montmartre in Paris, it is at the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre, the former residence of the Hermès family, that the biggest stars of the world like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Robert Downey Jr. spend the night in the City of Lights. In the past, only hotel guests could enjoy this haven of peace, but with the new gourmet restaurant Le Mandragore run by chef Thibaut Spiwack and the elegant Très Particulier bar, curious visitors no longer need to book a meal. room to cross the threshold of this unique place. fantasy world.
The detached townhouse with white walls nestles in a charming garden away from prying eyes. Standing in front of an oversized, steep boulder, the neighborhood kids nicknamed it Witch’s Rock after a strange old lady, believed to be a witch, lived in the house.
Away from the hustle and bustle of Montmartre, at the exit of Avenue Junot, one of the most beautiful streets in Paris, the district is calm and exudes a magical attraction. Located next to petanque grounds in a cobblestone passage accessible only by locals who have the key or by ringing the hotel’s intercom, there’s no more off the beaten track than this.
Built at 19e century, it was the residence of several noble families including the Hermès family. In 2007, it was bought by Morgane Rousseau who turned it into a boutique hotel. His son Oscar Comtet took over the management five years ago and gave the hotel a makeover with the addition of the bar and restaurant.
With just five suites, the ultra-exclusive boutique hotel exudes local allure and charms visitors from all over the world who flock to Paris. Individually designed, all the rooms offer a divine view of the 900 m2 wild garden designed by Louis Benech (also behind the Tuileries garden).
At the end of the garden path, a small staircase leads to the front door of the house. Inside, the hushed old-world interiors resemble a cozy hunting lodge.
The living room immediately to the left on entering is a favorite place to curl up with a good book by the fireside, under the watchful eye of the elk whose head hangs above the fireplace.
The hallway leads into the main dining room where a series of windows fill the low-ceilinged room with natural light, while sumptuous velvet curtains, opulent wallpaper, and golden upholstered furniture create an irresistible appeal.
Every Saturday and Sunday, the room is set up for brunch and every evening from Wednesday to Saturday, the guests follow one another for a dinner concocted by chef Thibaut Spiwack, a citizen of the world of French origin. Lit by candlelight at night, the restaurant at Le Mandragore is one of the city’s most romantic places to dine.
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Winner of the Escoffier competition, chef Thibaut spiwack trained in some of the most prestigious restaurants in Paris such as Le Cinq (Four Seasons Hotel George V) and Jules Vernes (an Alain Ducasse restaurant).
In his restaurant, Spiwack masters the flavors of the four corners of the world, from the hotel’s vegetable garden in Japan, through Spain and as far as Ecuador. A seasonal menu that changes often, diners can enjoy dishes like Galician octopus with Iberian acorn-fed chorizo and piquillo peppers as a starter, followed by Challans duckling with porcini mushrooms, fig and foie gras spelled (spelled). Finally, the pastry chef Gaétan Husson makes a medium lemon meringue with passion fruit, lychee and peppery mango, i.e. 73%Vietnamese chocolate cocoa with ginger candied and Thai basil.
The wine list is also a real draw here. Start with a glass of fresh Ruinart brut champagne before moving on to the Pouilly Fumé 2014 by Pascal Jolivet. For dessert ask for a Hérault ‘Les Creisses’ 2013 by Philippe Chesnelong.
After dinner, Le Très Particulier downstairs welcomes guests for a nightcap like Nobody’s Perfect (cognac, dry curacao, orange, lemon juice, egg white and rosemary). A stylish veranda cocktail bar with a Tropical 1930s look punctuated with black and white checkerboard floors and scarlet velvet banquettes, it was designed by Oscar Comtet and Pierre Lacroix. An intimate affair frequented by savvy locals, Scarlett Johansson and Tom Hanks are also known to stop there.
The hotel is also a wonderful spot to spend those windy winter days with a long brunch of salmon gravelax over homemade blinis, a grilled bacon egg parfait and a fruit salad or pancakes to finish drizzled with the smoothie. of the day and a glass of champagne, Of course.
In addition to being a hotel, the townhouse has always been a hotspot for the international artist community. Attracted by its isolated setting, they would attend the sporadic literary evenings and parties that would go on until the wee hours of the morning – one of the suites would even be transformed into a pop-up bar. And although these nights have been suspended recently, from the 4th to the 26the In March, upcoming events will shake up the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre again.
Hôtel Particulier Montmartre – 23, avenue Junot, Pavillon D, 75018 Paris. Tel: +33 (0) 1 53 41 81 40 www.hotel-particulier-montmartre.com (double rooms from 390 € per night).
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