The entrance to the 1908 mansion.
Hotel Particulier Villeroy Paris
The first thing I noticed when I entered Lescot, my suite on the second floor of the Hotel Particulier Villeroy Paris, wasn’t the curved velour ice blue chairs, the carved plaster ceiling, even the Eiffel Tower view out the window. It was the Nespresso machine, covered in custom blue leather to match the room’s décor. That may sound kitschy but it wasn’t; it was just a hint of the attention to detail in this intimate hotel, the first hotel of villa/estate company The Collection, which opened on the edge of the Right Bank’s Golden Triangle in early January.
This three story Neoclassical mansion on quiet rue Jean Goujon feels like the private home it once was, built in 1908 for Maurice Villeroy, a member of one of the founding families of Villeroy & Boch. There are only 11 rooms, suites and apartments, all with plush, contemporary furniture by the Italian company Promemoria in soothing shades of taupe, gray or blue, feather bed topped mattresses from the London company Vispring outfitted with silky linens from Rivolta Carmignani and duvets and pillows from the French company Drouault that combine to keep you in bed as long as possible and the custom colored leather bound Nespresso machines to match the decor. Guests can rent each of the rooms or suites individually—each comes with cossetting butler service— but it seems a perfect place to take over for a family or group traveling together as, apparently, one VIP might be doing during the French Open.
Every aspect is exactingly curated or restored: the original carved wood paneling in the dining room, the rare Calacatta marble fireplaces, the gilded, intricate cast iron railings on the curving marble staircase, the chandelier in the main hallway composed of 35 cut alabaster spheres suspended on rods created by Atelier Alain Ellouz. On the tables in the restaurant and in the suites are inventive silver serving pieces from Christofle, crystal glasses from Cristallerie de Montbronn and delicate wine glasses from Zalto into which exceptional wines can be served by the glass since the Coravin wine stopper reseals the bottle.
The toiletries in the spa and the rooms are also elite and bespoke, created by the 19th century perfumer L’Officine Universelle Buly 1803; one of the company’s practitioners also created some of the spa’s treatments utilizing their specially blended plant and essential oils. The oils themselves are enticing before the treatments even begin: blends of calendula, verbena, Climbing Ivy and mandarin grains to banish cellulite, massages with a blend of wild carrot, camelina, nettles and Brazil nut oils among others.
The restaurant, exclusively for hotel guests, offers an ambitious menu with dishes such as Saltbush rack of lamb with sweet spices and citrus fruit crust and a wide ranging 24 hour room service menu but the meal I found the most impressive was breakfast. In a city with a superlative bakery on practically every corner, this hotel serves impossibly flaky croissants and pains au chocolate in an atypical ci
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