Bold. Maximalist. Eccentric. There are many ways to describe the impenetrable aesthetic of Hotel Les Deux Gares, tucked away in Paris’s oft-overlooked Little India neighborhood in the 10th Arrondissement, but the boutique hoteliers behind the new French hotspot opted for a revealing (and unexpected) version. : “Anti-modern”.
For trendy British artist / designer Luke Edward Hall, who was commissioned to conceptualize the interiors, it meant anything goes. The hotel, which seems straight out of a whimsical Wes Anderson movie, is a mishmash of vibrant hues and assertive patterns.
The 40 cozy rooms (starting at $ 200) come in cheerful color combinations – imagine olive-green walls, for example, with pale pink accents and a golden-yellow ceiling – and feature inviting velvet armchairs and headboards. striped candy bed. Bathrooms follow suit, outfitted with contrasting tiles and vintage pastel tubs and sinks. For a view, ask for one of the fifth-floor bedrooms, all of which have balconies.
The avant-garde approach continues throughout the rest of the hotel. Hand-painted portraits and old-fashioned posters adorn the walls, and there is a real feeling that each piece of furniture has been carefully selected. Hall’s own sketches personalize the lampshades, and he has sourced Art Deco-style items from flea markets and auctions. In the lobby you’ll find a plush vintage leopard-print sofa, stunning black and white herringbone flooring, and mid-century decor items.
Even the on-site gym isn’t overlooked. The space is small (and must be reserved in advance) but breathtaking. A red and white checkered pattern spans the floor, and the Svenskt Tenn floral wallpaper is so cheerful that it might be easier to exercise.
Butter croissants and the perfect cups of coffee await you each morning in the breakfast area in the lobby. But patrons will want to cross the street to reach sister property Café Les Deux Gares, a former bar also redesigned by Hall. Now a French bistro popular with locals, the space includes restaurant-style striped booths and a cherry red bar. The ceiling is crafted in a remarkable tortoiseshell effect by acclaimed artist Pauline Leyravaud.
Chef Jonathan Schweizer has created the seasonal menu of expertly executed French classics, which change from day to day. Choose from dishes like stuffed squid, zucchini flower or whole beet pork loin, all of which pair beautifully with the selection of natural wines and the joy of living that Hall has meticulously crafted.
The Star understands travel restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. But like you, we dream of traveling again, and we publish this story with future trips in mind.