Hôtel Norman Opens Near the Top of the Champs Elysées

Olivier Bertrand has opened another luxury property in Paris: Hôtel Norman. It is situated a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe, on the corner of Rue Balzac and Rue de Châteaubriand. Bertrand, who recently opened Château des Fleurs a few blocks away and who will soon reopen Hotel Balzac down the block, is also the owner with his sisters of the Parisian hotels Saint James Paris and Relais Christine.

Housing only 37 rooms, including eight suites, Hôtel Norman intends to evokes a warm, private apartment. The hotel offers a comfortable stay for all kinds of travelers, including families, with connecting rooms, some with balconies offering views of the Eiffel Tower, or a rooftop suite with city views. The rooms and suites offer custom furnishings and a built-in minibar, while the bathrooms sport mosaic tile walls and a marble sink. Everywhere, abstract paintings of modernist inspiration are reminders of Norman Ives’ style.

French architect Thomas Vidalenc paid tribute to Norman Ives by taking his graphic works of vibrant color from the ’50s and ’60s as inspiration to decorate the hotel. Ives was an American painter, graphic designer, publisher and a Yale professor of graphic design. He was influenced by the Bauhaus movement and became a major player in American modernism of the mid-20th century.

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The rooms and suites are clad in the same materials as the living areas, with custom furnishings enriched by items unearthed from antique dealers (Norman Paris)

The hotel replaces the traditional reception desk with a comfortable library-lounge complete with a fireplace. The interior is furnished with vintage sofas, antiques and artworks. Large dining tables and bench seats, natural light flowing through tall picture windows, and a bar add a lively vibe to the atmosphere. The lounge and restaurant on the ground floor extend onto a private inner courtyard where guests can enjoy coffee or lunch. Chef Thiou’s restaurant serves a fusion-food concept and is open all day, from breakfast to lunch, brunch to dinner. Guests can also enjoy meals in the hotel’s interior courtyard, weather permitting. The Norman lounge is open to the city throughout the day.

Opening in March is the Sports Club & Spa by Omnisens. It will comprise a fitness area, plunge pool, sauna and two treatment cabins, where guests can enjoy personalized treatments and massages.

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