Maison Elle: the fashion magazine opens a Paris hotel

Maison Elle: the fashion magazine opens a Paris hotel

What’s the buzz? Several fashion manufacturers have their personal motels, so potentially it was only a matter of time in advance of a shiny journal desired in on the development. Even though Elle does not have quite the very same pop-cultural cachet as Vogue, it has beaten its rival to launching the first lodge from a key magazine.

Elle was established in Paris in 1945 with the same combine of latest affairs and style that it continue to capabilities these days. Now, Elle and spin-offs these as interiors journal Elle Decoration appear in 78 editions all over the world. Operator the Lagardère Group also licenses the manufacturer to cafés, hair salons, eyewear and even paint. The resort, which opened shortly ahead of Xmas final yr, is a collaboration in between Lagardère and French hospitality business enterprise Valotel (which has 9 other accommodations in the state). The companions say they system to open up “several dozen” Elle accommodations in Europe, China and south-east Asia and are currently selecting a residence in Bangkok.

Spot Spot Place A 5-minute stroll from the Arc de Triomphe, at the stop of the Champs-Élysées, the resort is in a primary spot for one of Paris’s most well known procuring locations. Maison Elle alone is tucked down a a little charmless side street that does not particularly scream glamour (close by enterprises consist of a launderette and a dresses shop for incredibly tall gentlemen). Having said that, for the duration of my keep it experienced the benefit of getting quiet, aside from when a Serge Gainsbourg lookalike wandered down the street enjoying “La Vie en Rose” on a trumpet.

A window seat with views of Paris streets
A ‘chambre cosy’ at Maison Elle © Christophe Bielsa

Tables, chairs and sofas in a dining room
A homely vibe pervades the communal places, with upholstered chairs . . .  © Christophe Bielsa
A velvet covered sofa next to a plant in a gold pot
 . . . and velvet sofas producing a decor which is inviting fairly than spectacular © Christophe Bielsa

Examining in Manner journals employed to revel in their exclusivity, but a prescriptive mind-set to what’s interesting has misplaced its currency thanks to social media. And Elle was normally far more relatable than Vogue. However, I’m however surprised that Maison Elle is not aiming for far more of a assertion: the decor by Paris-centered architectural designers Laurent & Laurence is inviting but barely chopping edge.

Some of the communal areas advise a woman millennial who’s tried out to recreate Soho House at dwelling with velvet sofas, Tom Dixon lamps off eBay and strategic Monstera vegetation. The artwork (by Laurent & Laurence), like a black-and-white photo of a model overlaid with the words and phrases “Take Your Time”, appears to be like a little bit like a person has asked an AI artwork generator to “make some inoffensive girlish artwork for a new Parisian hotel”.

Map of Paris featuring Maison Elle

But it would seem the relatable vibe is intentional. Pascal Donat, CEO of Valotel, tells me he’s not just aiming for a “departmentée” or fashionista customer — instead he has in head a fortysomething woman who will work and has small children, but effectively wants some “me time”. I cannot inform if I experience fantastically noticed or a bit patronised at obtaining myself mirrored just about just in this demographic. I assume the resort succeeds (in aspect thanks to friendly staff) in being an straightforward, welcoming area to stay, but I would normally opt for somewhere both additional directional and hip, or with regular character: an escape from the bourgeois scene at my not-edgy household in London.

Donat suggests the decorative shutters on the facade of the setting up are in no way shut, but “they are there since it is a concept we despatched to your subconscious to say it is a actual house”. In retaining with the “comme à la maison” philosophy, a homely vibe pervades the communal parts on the ground floor. There are modest tables for do the job or espresso, with upholstered chairs on a person side and a wall of eco-friendly and gray velvet sofas on the other, beneath alcoves painted gentle pink.

Past that is a kitchen-like region the place breakfast is served, with a espresso equipment and help-you drawers of juice and h2o. The “library” capabilities mid-century-design sofas and espresso tables arranged with copies of Elle and Elle Decor. Decorative accents are interiors-influencer territory — coral ornaments and Alexander Calder-inspired mobiles — when a tiny “concept store” sells Elle merch which includes yoga cushions and striped tops. Said tops, paired with red trousers, kind the employees uniform, which would make the “créatrice d’expérience” (an unbelievably upbeat twentysomething in cost of suggesting Elle-like pursuits for guests) seem like the epitome of the great French girl but would make me glimpse as if I was on my way to accomplish mime at a kids’ party.

A double bed and desk next to a floor-to-ceiling window
The layout of just about every bed room is influenced by an aspect of French vogue © Christophe Bielsa

There are also overt vogue themes, and every single of the 25 bedrooms is encouraged by an component of the French wardrobe. So a person area has zigzag striped partitions in homage to the marinière stripy major, and a gratuitous pullout mirror just for taking entire-duration selfies other folks are motivated by flannel or denim.

My area was the Atelier Suite, intended to evoke a modern day bohemian studio and the romantic relationship concerning artist and muse — despite the fact that it seemed much more like the flat of a solitary, male graphic designer to me. Black, white and grey prevail, with a bed on a lifted system finished in industrial-seeking grey plaster, a gray couch, glass espresso table, bathroom with black-and-white chequered op-art tiles, and fireplace with a phony hearth. Purely natural linen curtains apparently counsel a female wearing her boyfriend’s shirt. The fundamentals ended up very good: respectable shower, comfortable mattress, wonderful and silent (whilst no look at other than a wall). Nevertheless, I did nearly orchestrate my own Jean-Michel Jarre light-weight show when switching the lights by the mattress on and off in raising discomfort as I attempted to work out the buttons.

What to do? The basement spa has a steam room and sauna, as properly as remedies making use of purely natural merchandise from German skincare brand name Dr Hauschka. I preferred the actuality that facials and massages are targeted much more on rest than employing hyped elements to glimpse more youthful. The most apparent pastime close by is procuring, but this place is far more about mainstream brand names than the charming boutiques in the Marais. I wandered all around Parc Monceau and its quaint follies, then took a 15-minute metro experience to Montmartre for Sacré-Coeur, pink cafés and road artwork.

A fashion shoot of a woman in large sunglasses which bear the words ‘Elle c’est vous’
Visuals all-around the hotel . . .
A fashion shoot of a woman painting the word Elle in red paint on a white wall
. . . remind company of its manner journal heritage

What about the meals? The resort doesn’t offer you meal, just breakfast and afternoon tea. Breakfast is boulangerie-new croissants and pastries, cereals, seeds and “detox” juices, cheese and fruit, with eggs and bacon to buy. Imagine Sunday morning with good hosts. The hotel’s food items “event” is afternoon tea, with unfastened-leaf teas from French professionals Nunshen: I opted for jasmine but uncovered it smoky and overpowering. Probably I’m stuck in a Tetley rut.

The cakes are produced by the CinqSens pâtisserie of chef Nicolas Paciello, but on the afternoon I arrived they hadn’t been sent. When I acquired my fingers on a pistachio raspberry finger, though, it was very good. The créatrice d’expérience proposed close by Chez Gabrielle for dinner. My purchase of scallops and chanterelle mushrooms in product and Noilly Prat delivered on my hopes of a typical Parisian neighbourhood restaurant.

Other friends? No sign of supermodels wearing sun shades indoors. As an alternative I spotted a millennial media pair donning obvious-rimmed eyeglasses, although a fortysomething female who lives a handful of streets absent instructed me she in some cases will come for a staycation: a different instance of the goal demographic in action.

The harm? The typical price of a place is €250, with no breakfast, when the normal for a suite is €420. I identified a “Cabin Room” in May perhaps for €209 for one weekday night.

Elevator pitch Shiny magazine glamour and mid-lifetime me-time.

Carola Extended was a visitor of Maison Elle, 14 Rue Brey (, and Eurostar (, which usually runs 14 day by day solutions every single way among London and Paris, from about £118 return

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