GRANDS BOULEVARDS PARIS
The Experimental Group, known for their excellent bars and more recently for their two hotels, opened Hotel des Grands Boulevards, a hotel inspired by the eighteenth century.
The three men behind the Experimental Group started in 2007 with the opening of the Experimental Cocktail Club to serve the best wines and cocktails to the Parisians. More than 10 years later their concept grew. And how. There are now eleven bars, also in New York and London. They have a restaurant in Paris. They opened a beach club in Ibiza. And in 2015 they’ve opened their first hotel, Le Grand Pigalle. A new branch of hospitality, in which they also proved to be successful. Last year they’ve opened Henrietta Hotel in London. And they decided Paris had to have another cool hotel. Enter: Hotel des Grands Boulevards.
The building dates back to the eighteenth century and that era also served as an inspiration. For all bars and hotels they work together with designer Dorothée Meilichzon, who perfectly translates the warm Parisian style into the world of the Experimental Cocktail guys. Rich fabrics, thick curtains, floor coverings with interesting motifs, and of course the headboards above the beds: it all looks equally stylish.
The eighteenth century comes back in the details throughout the hotel. For example, the color red that you see in the restaurant is a reference to King Louis XVI’s desk. The pattern of the carpet is based on the pattern of the parquet at Chateau de Versailles. And the, in some rooms two-meter long, curtains as headboard are a reference to the romance of that century. It turns the 50 hotel rooms into ultimate love nests.
Just as their other two hotels cocktails, wine and food also play an important role. The minibar is full of various types of drinks and in The Shell, the bar on the ground floor, you can go for cocktails without alcohol (No Shell), cocktails with a little alcohol (One Shell) and cocktails that will make you go dancing on the tables quite quickly (Two Shells).
Italian restaurant by Giovanni Passerini
In the restaurant that holds the same name as the hotel, they work together with Italian chef Giovanni Passerini. Who also runs his own restaurant Passerini in Paris. On the menu there’s a strong focus on Italian cuisine, with a hint of Japanese cuisine. Recommended is the Monkfish Terikyaki, but also the Linguine with calamari. As with Hotel Grand Pigalle and Henrietta Hotel, the restaurant is also open to locals.
The location in Montmartre is central and lies between two metro lines that connect both le Marais, Opera and Champs-Elysées. Frenchie restaurant is within walking distance, as is Rue Faubourg de Saint-Denis with PNY, Peonies and 52 Faubourg de Saint-Denis.
Check out: www.grandsboulevardshotel.com