Design fans will appreciate the Sofitel Arc de Triomphe Hotel’s new makeover by Studio Putman. Behind a classic Haussmannian façade a short walk from the iconic Paris landmark, the hotel recently unveiled its transformation, which includes a new “locavore” restaurant, L’Initial, where Head Chef Thomas Bruno serves up classics starring local ingredients (like genuine champignons de Paris).
When you step into the lobby, you’ll notice the signature fragrance (by the celebrated Parisian nose, Olivia Giacobetti) which is diffused at the revolving door. You’ll also spy designer furniture, like the replicas of Lang armchairs Andrée Putman conceived for the Ministry of Culture. The vibe is stylish and cozy, resembling a private Parisian home. In fact, the lounge area evokes Putman’s very own atelier with coffee-table books, a photographer’s spotlight, and canvases by her favorite artists.
Upstairs, the rooms are equally as inviting. Just like a real maison, there are coat hooks by the front door, then a corridor leads into the living space with parquet floors. The reinterpreted mini-bar is one of our favorite features. Think local treats (Paris chocolate and beer), plus sugar cubes in the shape of the Arc de Triomphe for freshly-brewed espresso. Suites have NightCove sleep machines, mosaic-tiled showers, and soaking tubs conducive for the evening “bath ritual.” (Sofitel staff will set up a neck towel, soothing lights, and bath oils.)
For a sweet treat, you’ll find a vitrine in the lobby with the “best” pastries from all over Paris. So you can stay “home” for your afternoon pick-me-up, instead of criss-crossing Paris’s 20 arrondissements to get signature pastries like Jean-Paul Hévin’s chocolate macaron, an Opéra from Dalloyau, a Paris-Brest from La Pâtisserie des Rêves, a Mont Blanc from Angelina…
Sofitel Arc de Triomphe. 14 Rue Beaujon, 75008 Paris. +33 (0)1 53 89 50 50