Hotel de Banville ★ ★ ★ ★
ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC HOTELS IN PARIS
The poet Théodore de Banville was a friend, amongst others, of Rimbaud, Verlaine, Baudelaire and Hugo, and gave his name to one of the most romantic hotels in the Capital.
Built in 1927 in the most pure art-deco style by the architect Jérôme Bellat, it was acquired by Marianne Lambert's (the current owner) family in 1967. Since then it has been in the hands of three successive generations.
As with Amélie her mother and Marie her grandmother, Marianne Lambert, alias the artist Marianne DAY, a great lover of music, art and decoration has cultivated her love for beautiful things with great passion. She has ensured that the Hotel de Banville retains its warm family atmosphere, far from the stereotype of classical hotels.
The spirit of the Salon is expressed by Marianne's piano, the fireplaces and old pictures which have been unearthed over the years from antique shops or her sister Sophie's boutique "Au temps des Cerises" in Saint Germain en Laye.
Each room has a different story to tell. Each has the name of a family member (Paul, Rosalie, Julie, Marie, Amélie, César and Gabin…) or musical melodies.
The corridors and stairs provide an atmosphere of simplicity and elegance. In harmony with architecture from the 1930s, the walls which are in Paris stone, the marble and the highly decorative black banisters are set-off by the deep red of the room doors and the linen curtaining.
"Here, everyone is greeted personally in an atmosphere which is both warm and relaxed as a member of the family."
A nous les horizons sans voiles,
A nous l'éclat bruyant du jour,
A nous les nuits pleines d'étoiles,
A nous les nuits pleines d'amour !
Théodore de Banville