On a sun filled weekend in February, I returned to the Marignan Paris accompanied by a select few partners for their first visit to not just the hotel, but some for their first visit to the city of love.
Our journey from St Pancras with the attentive Eurostar team was quick and comfy and once at Gare du Nord, the smiling Guillaume transferred us a short 10 minute journey to the 8th arrondissement and Champs Elysees where we turned off to Rue Marignan … a quiet one way street filled with small boutiques and art galleries. On the right hand side, the impressive black and white façade of the Marignan gleamed in the sunshine, wowing us, locals and passers-by.
Nathalie Richard, Henri and the team welcomed us graciously, with genuine warmth and cold crisp bubbles … the guests were happy. Indeed more than happy as we ate, drank and relaxed in the softness of Suite 101. Madame Richard, the Marignan Hotel owner touched on her hotel journey from taking over the Hotel Marignan Champs Elysees to making it the hip hideaway it is today. Her story of re-sculpturing the old building and preserving its original features including the wonderful staircase bordered by stained glass windows and a painted coffered ceiling, to also deciding to accentuate the first and second floor’s 5 metre height by adding similar sized doors giving an impressive Alice in Wonderland feel …. indeed Madame Richard is so captivating and enchanting herself that if she had asked us to sign up to her fan club, we all would have put our hands up. Immediately. For lifetime membership!
What followed was a day of enjoying Paris with some amazing #instaparis shots, incredible bartending skills from “Stan the Man” in the evening where Stan, part of The Bar team, tailor-made a cocktail for everyone including their favourite flavours as well as some secret ingredients including tea, wine and champagne. My own favourite was the espresso and chocolate martini (see the video attached!).
On Sunday morning, 4Roues sous 1parapluie whizzed us around Paris in vintage Citroen cars. Comfortably wrapped up in blankets, we explored the city taking in the sites of Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Eifel Tower and to the chic Marais quarter where predictably we purchased some French cheeses for the trip back to London. Red, pink and yellow – who knew they went together perfectly!
It was wonderful to hear our guests feedback, recognising that the Marignan Paris complimented the Paris palace style hotels perfectly – a cool hideaway located in the centre of everything to do with fashion, culture, art and shopping. The team at the Marignan Paris take care of their guests like they are also part of the Marignan family, and it was Madame Richard’s art collection at every corner we turned or room we saw, that found the guests taken in even more. See my other blog update for Art at the Marignan …. Simply cool, inspiring and left everyone making a mental note to collect art!
Inevitably, London called and we departed the Marignan Paris saying a fond farewell to Madame Richard, Henri and the Marignan Paris – indeed, the inscription which was written hundreds of years ago found on the staircase during the restoration rang so true – “may this house welcome real friends” and as friends, we will happily return.