The newly opened Villa-des-Prés, located in Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the sixth arrondissement of Paris, draws attention along the bend of the Rue de Buci with its post-Haussmann-style façade of hewn stone, typical Parisian portal and balconies.
The hotel’s 34 guestrooms and suites and public spaces are a blend of contributions by two esthetes. One of them is French interior designer Bruno Borrione, who provided the art direction and bespoke furniture designs, surrounding himself with French artisans for the light fittings, stained glass panels, furniture, fabrics and wallpapers. The other is Amélie du Chalard, the founder of Amélie Maison d’Art, who assembled a collection of more than 50 paintings, all custom-made free compositions by 11 contemporary French artists, to adorn the hotel’s walls.
Guests and local residents can enjoy a range of breakfast staples from the menu, including viennoiseries, fruitcakes, crepes, a buffet of charcuterie and cheese, homemade scrambled eggs and juices, as well as a range of gluten-free options. The bar offers, in addition to classic cocktails and two mocktails, a selection of eight signature cocktails. The warm and casual setting of the bar welcomes guests and local residents throughout the day.
The hotel’s wellness space comprises a spa with an 42-foot indoor heated pool, a sauna, a sensory shower and a treatment room. Rounding out the experience is a vast fitness center, open 24/7 and equipped with Technogym’s latest readmills, an elliptical bike, a stationary bike, a rower, free weights and yoga mats.
In association with French-Californian brand Odacité, spa treatments include the 60-minute Temple of Beauty signature massage, combining techniques from ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine, enhanced by the benefits of aromatherapy. Also available is the 60-minute Temple of Beauty facial, which "harnesses the power of essential oils and the vibrations of crystals," combined with facial massage and Gua Sha techniques.