If there’s ever a tour that’s going to give you a fresh dose of wanderlust, we’re afraid the
Hôtel Providence Paris is going to be the one. The building was originally built in 1854 and the hotel opened two years ago, with 18 rooms between the six floors. It’s located in the Eastern district of Paris in a neighborhood that is constantly changing and where there is always something to do. The hotel manager, Pauline Déramond, shares that their owner, Pierre Moussié, “has always been interested in the growing areas of Paris!” He came from the restaurant world, but upon seeing the building he fell in love with the space and decided to try his hand at a boutique hotel.
Amazingly, Pierre and the other owners — Elodie Moussié and Sophie Richard — opted to design everything themselves and not hire an interior designer or firm, and the results are enviable. The bar and restaurant are incredibly inviting, as are the rooms that feel both storied and historic despite being technically new, with all the modern amenities one may need. With features like a bar in every room, wall coverings that feel like they’ve been there for a hundred years, and beautiful antique furniture from all over Europe, we’re sure you’ll also dream of sinking into one of those beds/bathtubs/club chairs! —
Photography by Benoit Linero
Image above: One of our favorite rooms features the incredible House Of Hackney cotton velvet wall covering and matching lampshades.
As perfect as the rooms are, it’s impressive how cohesive and stunning each one is without having used an interior designer. “As mentioned we did not have any specific decorating goals. We just wanted our guests to feel at home and create a real cozy atmosphere for them,” Pauline explains.
In addition to the beautiful rooms, their use of space is expertly executed as well.
Pauline describes a scene of our dreams, “Sitting in the front terrace, you are in the heart of a Parisian life… cobblestone streets lined with benches and flowers, lively downstairs bar and restaurant.”
“Every room is equipped with a custom-made bar that is modeled after its Parisian ancestor. The built-in ice-maker and the details of this feature make it a unique asset to your experience. Guests are encouraged to take possession of their luxurious Parisian pied-à-terre,” Pauline explains.
We imagine most of your worries would slip away relatively quickly after a restorative soak in this tub!
New features that are classic and vintage-inspired adorn the stunning bathrooms at the hotel.
Pauline shares that many of the elements were tested before the final look, “Every wallpaper is from lincrusta, fabrics from House of Hackney and paints from Farrow & Ball have been tested full-scale and not only through references books. Therefore a lot of trials failed but after two-and-a-half years of renovation, the magic worked!”
A bar in every room and a place to hang your hat — literally and figuratively.
Natural light floods into one of the suites, with the requisite in-room bar, and classic French influences.
Close-up detail on one of the in-room bars. We love how inviting all the rooms at the hotel feel.
Ochre shades mix with dark accents and incredible original detailing.
“Everything has been thought of so every guest can feel at home. Each room features a mini bar. But it is not only a mini bar but a real bar inspired by the design of the traditional Parisian counter. We have created simple recipes so every guest staying with us can become a real barista,” Pauline shares.
Before you think it’s all wallpaper and fabric wall treatments, you can see that restraint is also gorgeously displayed in the Hôtel Providence with this stunning teal wall and juxtaposed white trim detailing.
Throughout the hotel, Pauline tells us that vintage and new pieces are beautifully paired, “It’s a genuine mix between made-to-measure pieces and items found in antiques shops all around Europe.”
This guest room feels fit for an artist. Can’t you see charcoal drawings being conducted here?
This stunning suite features another bar with light beautifully streaming in behind it.
The ochre seating areas in this suite are certainly among our favorites.
A suite charming enough to invite friends back to, and with the full bar offering them drinks would be a necessity.
“In the heart of the Eastern district of Paris, this hotel, which was built in 1854, has witnessed the dramatic evolution of this neighborhood which includes the Haut Marais, Beaubourg and the Saint Martin Canal,” Pauline explains.
The hotel restaurant’s bar continues the vintage and worldly look of the rest of the hotel. It’s amazing that the space feels so lived-in, and yet has only been open in this iteration for a short time.
Details in the restaurant add to the atmosphere and sense of wanting to stay as long as possible.
We’re always fans of corners that feel like you could be in a friend or family’s home!
Pauline tells us a little more about the mood the hotel aims to evoke, “The decor of Hotel Providence personifies a typical Parisian atmosphere: A cozy fireplace, architectural details, Pointe de Hongrie wooden floors and marble mosaic.”
This seating area makes us want to come in from the cold, with a warm drink in hand, and get lost in a good book while warming ourselves in front of the fire.
The exterior of the hotel is still full of charm.
“Every day is an opportunity to discover [a] new address: trendy boutiques, an emerging art gallery or the latest restaurant run by a young and talented chef,” Pauline explains.
Dining al fresco is also an option at the hotel with an incredibly inviting outdoor dining area.
“We are proud and thankful to offer all of these [amenities] to our guests. And we are very thankful to read their amazing feedback after staying with us,” Pauline shares.
House of Hackney
Paint- Farrow & Ball
Outdoor chairs- Maison Gatti
Outdoor cushion fabrics- Maison Thevenon
Fittings- Les Bains d’Aphrodite