When in Paris: stay at the legendary La Clef Louvre

LA CLEF LOUVRE

Who wouldn’t want to stay in the very centre of Paris and enjoy sights of La Comédie Francaise, Palais Royal and Le Louvre? Every sculpture, building and pavement around the uber-chic hotel La Clef Louvre by The Crest Collection is witness to important moments in French history.

La Clef Louvre will make your dream come true. One of Paris’ most spectacular hotels, La Clef Louvre showcases discreet luxury to an international clientele. Centrally located, there’s no easier access to enjoy Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Rue Saint Honoré by foot. Every iconic venue of Paris is close to this fantastic property. The nearby Galerie Colbert, Sarah Lavoine’s showroom, and Rue Sainte Anne also provide plenty of options for food, buzzing cafés and shopping.

This “boutique residence” features incredible Art Deco architecture, balcony volutes on the top floor, as well as distinctive interior design elegance. The palette is made of pale and smooth tones, a mixture of cream, brown and purple, all carefully curated to create a comfortable and cosy atmosphere.

Built in 1908, the hotel features an Art Nouveau façade made from dressed-stone, adorned with sculptures and colonnades. The minute you step foot in the warm lobby, guests feel at home thanks to the curation of vintage photographs on the walls and stunning furniture. A home away from home, La Clef Louvre Paris also has a fitness room, a living room area equipped with a computer with free Internet access and a printer.

Excellent buffet breakfast made of fresh local pastries, juices, jam, cereals, cheese and fruits is either served downstairs or in the rooms (due to covid-19) to start the day with joy. Guests can also relax with a hot tea or a vodka in the beautiful Honesty bar which has a fantastic collection of books and newspapers. You want to stay and read the whole day.

There’s also a convenient lift and two adapted rooms for disabled guests. Serviced apartments of La Clef Louvre make for the perfect stay and you almost forget you’re in a hotel.

The rooms are very spacious, extra comfortable and have all modern luxury appliances, well-fitted kitchen, heaters, sofas, TV screens and are decorated with beautiful flowers. Occitane en Provence’s toiletry products in the bathroom attest to the highest attention to details. Staff are very helpful, very nice, and professional.

Nathalie Launoy, Residence Manager catches up with Art is Alive about her best tips in Paris, her challenges and the privilege to work in such a grand location.

How fascinating is the history of the hotel and its location?

A historic building in a historic district. That’s how we could describe the Residence of La Clef Louvre. In the heart of Paris, between the Louvre Museum and the Palais-Royal, the building of La Clef at 8, Rue de Richelieu is the work of Constant Lemaire, an architect strongly influenced by Art Nouveau. A tourist landmark, the place evokes the 1900s as well as the rise of the first large luxury hotels in the capital.

It was designed to house the luxurious Royal Palace Hotel. As soon as it opened, the Royal Palace Hotel welcomed important clientele of tourists, businessmen and foreign dignitaries attracted by its ideal location. Today, 8, rue de Richelieu has entered a new phase in its history with La Clef Louvre Paris, continuing the same grand tradition of luxury and travel.

The historic area around the Louvre museum is an eclectic mix of French classicism and Parisian chic. Here, the Comédie Française theatre and the Palais- Royal ‘rub shoulders’ with fashionable boutiques on Rue Saint-Honoré.

Is the access to Musée du Louvre an asset and does it influence guests attendance?

Yes, Musée du Louvre is one of the main reasons why guests choose La Clef Louvre. The hotel is only a few minute-walk from the Champs-Elysées and famous department stores.

Did you work with an architect and interior designer?

The seven-storey building has a striking Art Nouveau stone façade. With its balconies and sinuous forms, typical of the Art Nouveau style, the façade of La Clef Louvre Paris proudly stands at the entrance of Rue de Richelieu. Its stylish and exquisite interior décor, meticulously designed by leading British designers Buckley Gray Yeoman, is enhanced by fine quality furnishings and amenities.

Inside, the ambiance is modern yet soothing, the decor embellished with outstanding carved cedar wood furnishings and original works of art.

How would you describe the “soul” and inspiration for the hotel?

Completely restored and decorated in a cosy contemporary style, La Clef Louvre Paris is an intimate and comfortable residence. The interior design, which features vintage finds and original artworks, underlines this welcoming atmosphere.

What’s the best asset: the art, the comfort, the design, the strategic location?

I would say it’s a mixture of each element: thanks to the strategic location, we can accommodate both leisure and business travellers; while the modern comfort is essential in the hospitality business, the design and art of our hotel remain our brand-identifier.

Have any artists or cultural figures stayed at the hotel given its proximity to Le Louvre? 

The proximity with the Louvre often allowed us to host film shoots and that’s generally really exciting. As as result, over the years we’ve been honoured to welcome famous people. It’s always our duty to respect our guest’s privacy.

Tell us more about your most interesting facets of your role as Director?

While working with teams to exceed customer expectations and satisfaction, is an interesting part of the role, welcoming our regular guests (some of them have been loyal to us for 7 years now) is also very important. My responsibilities are very diverse and each day is different. I love the interactions with guests.

Thanks La Clef, Stéphanie Jourdain and Nathalie Launoy, for the amazing stay.