When in Paris: Stay at the chic and slick Parister Hôtel
The Parister Hôtel is the epitome of modern luxury and its 5 stars are without any doubt well-deserved.
Firstly, the location is perfect; it is situated at 19 rue Saulnier in the buzzing and hype 9th arrondissement, between Rue Lafayette and Boulevard Haussmann, a 2-minute walk from Cadet Metro Station and Grands Boulevards. It can’t be more convenient. Sacré-Coeur, Drouot auction house, Moulin Rouge Cabaret and Folies Bergère Theatre, Rue des Martyrs, legendary Cinema Le Grand Rex, Opera Garnier and the Museum of Freemasonry are very close, should guests be looking for unique and local cultural activities.
Collector, businessman and hotel owner Nicolas Nonon said: “The area is incredible for food; Rue Cadet is almost completely pedestrianised, and you can find all kinds of delis, that’s one of my suggestions in the area.” When conceiving The Parister, his aspiration was to create a “hybrid, dynamic and unique place” in the centre of the French capital to give guests the opportunity to take care of themselves. This core ideas are reflected in every aspect of the hotel: its design, function and services.
The highlight of Parister Hôtel remains the 20-metre indoor swimming pool, accompanied by a beautiful Bisazza-mosaic hammam. The wellness programme offered by CYD (Conquer Your Day), a hip Parisian start-up company founded by Grégory Mollet-Viéville and Romain Rainaut is ideal for busy travellers. Six-fitness classes including yoga, pilates, boxing, a day are available, and the facilities are remarkable.
Nonon started in the hotel industry in 2010 but his hotels are already highly successful. His first endeavour was Hotel Verneuil, a charming 16th century house, which has been functioning as a hotel since 1946. He’s fondly dedicated to guest satisfaction and one can feel it at The Parister for sure. As Hotel Verneuil achieved success quickly, Nonon then hoped to find new entrepreneurial opportunities. This culminated with finding this incredible location. At the time, the building hosted corporate offices. He started to design the project with Beckmann & N’Thépé architects (responsible for Berlin Museum of the 20th Century, Dance Pavilion of Geneva, Euralille, Lille, France and the Bauhaus Archives among many other prestigious projects). The design works started in January 2016, and The Parister opened in October 2017.
Nonon has totally succeeded in positioning The Parister Hôtel as one of the best hotels in Paris right now. Parister Hôtel puts at its core four interesting concepts that support the wellbeing ambition set up by its founders: sleeping and relaxing, eating well and enjoying a drink, exercising, and exploring. “The inspiration behind the Parister is to make it a place where people would mix: locals and tourists, where everyone would feel welcome and good thanks to the sports room, the cocktail bar, and the restaurant. It is also where service would be of really high quality.” The property offers opportunities to train both body and mind. “The hotel feels welcoming and homey; it is meant to help guests relax. This is exactly what we aimed for, that’s the soul of the hotel.” Nonon continues. For example, there is a 24-hour front desk at the property and Zenology-branded beauty and lifestyle products in the lovely pale-tiled bathrooms.
Céline Boullenger consulted on the interior decoration and the result is a mix of Seventies inspiration retro-chic, comfort, contemporary facilities (think personal smartphone with internet access, flat-screen TV, Marshall bluetooth speaker, thick bathrobes and slippers, Nespresso machine etc.), gorgeous materials, pastel colours, Nordic furniture, classy velour cushions and sofas, plants and flowers, noble polished brass tables, rich fabrics, elegant carpets, walnut closets, branded blankets and fun ornamental wallpapers.
The hotel boasts 45 rooms and suites: Superior Rooms, Deluxe Rooms, Deluxe Room with Terrace, Junior Suite, Junior Suite with Terrace, Duplex and the amazing Parister Suite. The choices cater for everyone. The overall sensation is of Parisian charm, bien-être (as the French say), refined comfort, strong art on the walls, and modernity. Many celebrities have stayed at The Parister and the property served for launch events and Fashion Week presentations.
Restaurant Les Passerelles and Le Distrait bar, articulated around a stunning discreet terrace which features a gorgeous garden, patio tables and chairs, wood decking, poted plants make for the perfect lunch or evening cocktail night. “The design is very important. The cocktail bar offers the largest selection of French whiskies in Paris, and our bar tender Xavier is a true passionate.” Nonon said about the mixologist. Continental, American, gluten-free and vegetarian breakfasts are available in the morning. Sophisticated, seasonal and reasonably-priced cuisine with an Asian twist is served at Les Passerelles and non-hotel guests can come any time too. Clients can indulge with the rich French fois gras and boletus mushroom raviolis, the excellent tuna tataki and wakame salad or the delicious spiced avocado and crab meat tartar. Deserts are also yummy including the red fruit coulis cheesecake, or the pear crumble. That’s one of the French charms, enjoying excellent-quality food served in a modern and very elegant environment, at least that’s what the Parister offers with perfection.
Cherry on the cake: The Parister Hôtel has partnered with highly-respected Kamel Mennour gallery in the past to source artworks and to present regular exhibitions within its communal spaces (Beckmann & N’Thépé architects designed two of their galleries in Paris). Artworks by contemporary painters and sculptors dialogue with ceramics by Karen Swami.
Refinement at its highest, originality, bon goût and excellence of staff best describe this hidden gem in the trendiest part of Paris.