The most anticipated Cheval Blanc Paris opens its doors on September 7th. The first city hotel in the collection of LVMH Hotel Management is a splendor in itself. Designed entirely by New York renowned architect Peter Marino, the Cheval Blanc Paris offers handmade interiors, panoramic views of the Seine, a unique collection of art. “We work with architects who know residential areas very well, and Peter is of course one of them” said Olivier Lefebvre, head of LVMH Hotel Activities.
Peter Marino, who realized several stores for Dior, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Chanel, has created a palace inside the Parisian Belle Epoque landmark La Samaritaine, founded in 1870 by the French entrepreneur Ernest Cognacq. This Maison symbolizes French luxury and showcases unique artists and extraordinary craftsmanship. More than 600 French artists from ceramicists to painters or textile designers and furniture manufacturers have collaborated on this colossal project. The property enjoys an idyllic location in the heart of Paris, in the dynamic artistic 1st arrondissement, facing the Seine, the Pont Neuf at its feet and a spectacular 360 degree view of the city.
Notre Dame, La Conciergerie, le Sacré Coeur, Les Champs Elysées, the views are incredible no matter where you are in the hotel. It is the only palace in Paris located on the river, facing the Seine. Really unique.
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In 2001, LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault bought the two adjoining buildings of department store La Samaritaine. Inaugurated on June 23, 2021, La Samaritaine opens on Rue de Rivoli. Next door, inside the building designed by Henri Sauvage in 1928 on the Quai du Louvre, is the first urban address of the LVMH Hotel group, which counts 72 rooms and suites that will offer an exclusive experience and familiarity to Cheval Blanc guests.
“Peter has realized something that did not exist in Paris, he has certainly reinvented the rules of luxury ” pointed out Olivier Lefebvre. All suites have breathtaking views of Paris, facilities and technology. A true luxury light lifestyle residential palace.
Art is in the DNA of the Cheval Blanc brand and one of the property’s key elements. As soon as you step inside through the discreet lobby door, the modern and very impressive hall with its high ceiling evokes all luxury codes. Inside, two new commissions of 12-foot-tall colored prints of the Eiffel Tower by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz hang on one wall and a huge 6-meter-high blue abstract painting by French artist Georges Mathieu dated 1978 on another. A breeding horse – the symbol of Cheval Blanc – designed by French architect Frank Gehry stands alongside modern and colored furniture from French artists such as designer Andre Dubreuil and Thierry Leproust to name a few. Each piece of furniture is made to measure and carefully hunted for the hotel. From works of art by Tony Cragg, Martin Kline to lithographs by Charlotte Perriand from the 1930s, a stroll inside the property is like diving into the art world. Art lives with the guests.
The Dior Spa in the Cheval Blanc Paris invites guests to a holistic immersion in Dior’s house. To reach it, the curved spiral staircase, the walls of which are covered with a metal weave created by textile designer Sophie Mallebranche. It’s already an invitation to a sanctuary for peace, a Dior cocoon.
Dior Spa has a 30 meter long swimming pool on the same level as the Seine. An architectural exploitation that took two years to complete. The curved pool with its artisanal blue mosaics by Michael Mayer offers an ode of tranquility in the bustle of the city. 43 skin care treatments are offered to guests in six different treatment rooms.
And of course, Francois Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator, has imagined a sophisticated fragrance exclusively for the Dior Cheval Blanc Paris Spa. “Both teams Cheval Blanc and Dior have worked hand in hand to create such a level of wellness and beauty experience for our guests ” said Olivier Lefebvre. Each treatment room with its different motif is an allusion to Christian Dior’s life. For Peter Marino, who had worked for Dior for 30 years, it was an easy job. The result is clearly magnificent.
The property offers four bars and restaurants and the room service menu called Carte Blanche, which is on the same level as the restaurants. Three Michelin-starred chefs Arnaud Donckele – already at La Vague d’Or in the Cheval Blanc St Tropez – invites you to the new gastronomic destination Plenitude.
Limbar, the modern brasserie Le Tout-Paris and Langosteria — the Milanese emblematic restaurant founded by Enrico Buonocore, which will be the first outside of Italy — invite you to magically whet your appetite.
There is so much to discover. As in the other Maisons in the group in Courchevel, St Tropez, St Barths or Randheli, the meticulous attention to detail that makes the guest feel pampered and exclusive is at its highest level. The amount of people has been examined inside the hotel, elevators are different if you live in the property or come from outside. “The work focused on the flow of people is also a key element in the perception of our hotels ” added Olivier Lefebvre.
It gives the Cheval Blanc experience an even more personal touch. City of Light’s most enchanting hotel is now more than ready to make its guests dream. Now that the Cheval Blanc Paris is over, Peter Marino is designing the first US address for the LVHM Hotel group, which is currently under development in Beverly Hills.