Located in the city’s vibrant 10th arrondissement, surrounded by colourful neighbourhood eateries and shops, Hotel Panache – nicknamed the ‘flat iron’ because of its silhouette and inspiration from New York – the 19th century building has the influence of big-city chic with a distinctly Parisian finish .
Situated on the corner of rue du Faubourg Montmartre and rue Geoffrey Marie, Art deco-style rules at the Panache with bevelled-edge mirrors, anglular lines, peacock rattan style headboards and bubble lighting – offset with vibrant wallpaper from Fornasetti – it’s the design savvy travellers dream.
The glamorous theme continues in the adjoining restaurant, where mosaic tiles, that form a graphic pattern, border the sombre walnut bar and geometric wall tiles add visual curiosity where restaurateur David Lahner rustle up French neo-bistro fare.
On arrival we chose a simple lunch of cheese and wine, when in Paris, right? and we also ate breakfast here – and a light supper at the bar one night – all thoroughly delightful.
OK i’m going to level with you – the hotel is beautiful and it hadn’t long been open when we visited. I read about this hotel in a design magazine and was totally seduced by the interior – from the herringbone tiles to the sleek table ware. So much so – I didn’t take in that firstly it was only 3 star and secondly that the area has a distinct feel of the West End. On a Friday. In February.
Turns out i’m not a lover of the 10th – and much better suited to the 1st (The Ritz & Hotel Costes) or 6th (L’hotel) and the 4th for wandering (Le Marais) – more on that another time.
1 Rue Geoffroy-Marie