1 January 2008
Hotel Balzac, one of Paris' top hotels reopened in July 2007 following a two and a half year, €11million refurbishment. The supremely luxurious yet intimate 19th century townhouse is the quintessential Parisian hideaway. It is set on rue Balzac, a quiet but central location overlooking the Champs-Elysées.
The epitome of elegance and 'L'art de Vivre', luxury Paris Hotel Balzac is in a class of its own. The hotel was originally built as a private residence for the director of the Parisian Opera in the 1850s, the era of Romanticism, and was then transformed into a hotel. The newly refurbished Hotel Balzac keeps its history of romanticism and with the impeccable attention to detail and unerringly accommodating and discrete service it offers, Hotel Balzac has carved its own identity as the romantic hotel of Paris.
Interior architect Anne-Marie Sabatier, who previously worked with star designer Pierre-Yves Rochon has kept the innately romantic Parisian style. Using Designers Guild rich, vibrant and warm colours - turquoise blue, chestnut, plum and copper, the hotel's 57 luxury guestrooms and 13 suites carefully combine elegant and contemporary furnishings blending different styles and periods. Individually sourced, the bedroom and suite furniture is from the famous Italian designer Capellini and the hall and lounge furniture from Ebènisterie Masson and Philippe Coudray.
The Tai Ping carpets and rugs stylishly incorporate the hotel's own monogram and there are original 18th and 19th century multilayered lithographs from D'Kozone depicting scenes of life in Paris at that time. This modern take on neo-classical décor provides a romantic hotel with a contemporary edge
The hotel's 'pièce de résistance' is the penthouse floor which includes the Royal Suite and the Presidential Suite. These two gloriously spacious and romantic rooms offer a butler service and The Royal suite has its own, private roof-top terrace with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Eiffel Tower and the Parisian skyline.
Alexandre Scarvelis, Manager of the Hotel Balzac says: "This is an exciting time for Hotel Balzac; the recent refurbishment really sets us apart from other luxury hotels in Paris. But, with just 20% of Hotel Balzac's revenue from British guests there is a real opportunity for us to expand in the UK market." He adds "I am confident the elegant and romantic style of the hotel and our outstanding service will really appeal to guests who want to relax and enjoy complete peace and tranquillity whilst being right in the heart of Paris. A stay at Hotel Balzac is a true Parisian experience."
Hotel Balzac encapsulates everything that makes Paris so compelling - it's built on a foundation of art, music, literature and love.
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