A HOTEL FOR THE AGES
Paris’ Hotel Montalembert radiates romance.
Set on Paris’ Left Bank, in historic St.- Germain-des-Prés, the intimate property has been a city landmark since it was first built in 1926. Back then and up until the 1960s, the hotel was at the center of Paris’ intellectual and artistic scenes, when the likes of Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Jacques Prévert and Serge Gainsbourg were mainstays of St. Germain.
Much of the credit for the hotel’s continuing popularity goes to owner Anne Jousse, who decided to refresh the place in honor of its 90th anniversary. Jousse first asked architect and interior designer Pascal Allaman to renovate the restaurant and then extended his mission to include the entire hotel. He doused the rooms in shades of orange and yellow, and also designed the chairs, desks and armchairs.
The bathrooms are dramatic and expansive, and for the ground-floor restaurant, Allaman infused the same ethos as he did for the rooms and suites, using white Carrara marble for the bar, rosewood paneling and dark hardwood floors.
The lobby and carpeting were entrusted to interior architect Géraldine Prieur. She created an eclectic yet harmonious space that includes a velvet bench seat tailored with a loop, brass light fittings with rafia nude lampshades and a walnut and lacquer bookcase.
Then there are the wonders of Paris, a few minutes’ walk from the hotel: luxurious department store Le Bon Marché, iconic cafés such as Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore and plenty of restaurants and art galleries. You can even stroll to the house on Rue de Verneuil and imagine what St. Germain must have been like during the blissful 1960s.