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The Grand Hotel in Paris, one of the city’s most lavish hotels, has also been the setting for some serious fashion moments, including John Galliano’s very first haute couture collection for Dior in 1997. With the ground floor designed as a replica of Christian Dior‘s 1940s showroom on Avenue Montaigne, the spectacular setting was filled with the crème de la crème of the fashion world, and more than 4,000 roses. ‘Among Couture debuts, Galliano’s is the stand out,’ The New York Times proclaimed the following day.
Sightseeing starts as soon as you leave the hotel doors, with Jardins de Palais Royal and the Louvre both a five-minute walk away, and the surrounding area steeped in history.
Given that bedrooms are small, you can wind down the original 18th-century staircase (or take the lift) to plan your day in the salon, or recover from it with an apéritif. There are generous sofas and morning papers in the lime-green sitting room, and a wood-panelled honesty bar with purple armchairs.
The elegant modern décor and innovative lighting combine to create sensual spaces that offer rest, relaxation and romance.
Once you've soaked up the loft's designer delights, you'll find authentic quartiers a short promenade away: rue Montorgueil for gourmet shops, the Marais for cafés and and culture; and the Louvre and Centre Pompidou are walkable.
Every room is like an outfit, with details such as a giant collage of 18th-century women and cupboard doors that slide open to reveal windows. The bedrooms are small, modern and lavish, using design classics like Arne Jacobson's Swan chair. The slick bathrooms are also enlivened with heart-shaped antique mirrors or hunting scenes round the toilet, and the beds, with piles of fat pillows, are bliss. To top it off the location is great too - a short walk gets you to lots of bijou shops, the packed-out bars of rue Oberkampf, and the Sunday market in Boulevard Richard Lenoir.