One Legendary Paris Nightclub Is Reborn as a Luxury Hotel
Les Bains in the third arrondissement has been a Paris institution for more than 130 years. First opened as a private bathhouse or bohemians of the time, including novelist Marcel Proust, it later transformed into a famed nightclub, which was Paris’s answer to Studio 54. Over the years, the likes of Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, and David Bowie crossed the nightclub doors’ threshold. After Les Bains was forced to shut down two decades later, it was scooped up by filmmaker Jean-Pierre Marois, who inherited the space from his father, professor Maurice Marois. Marois restored the space to its former glory, adding a 39-room hotel to the space in the process. Keep scrolling for a tour of the über-cool brand-new Les Bains hotel in Paris.
Perhaps the most iconic room at Les Bains is the bar. The curvaceous ceiling is lacquered in a deep burgundy and punctuated with a series of domes and droplet pillars, a nod to the ceilings of traditional hammams.
Much of the space has been faithfully restored to its former glory. Marois’s intention was to create a space that evoked a cross between Los Angeles’s Château Marmont and a private member’s club.
Cassina Set of Four Gianfranco Frattini Red Leather Chairs ($2950)
Adjacent to the restaurant is a Chinese salon, created in dark tones with a smoky, sultry feel. The stained glass windows let in streaming light to dramatic colorful effect.
The bedrooms are at once serene and full of rock ’n’ roll character. Perforated black steel sconces flank the beds outfitted in soft French blue linens.
Each bathroom is complete with Carrara marble and mahogany finishes, Zenith showers, and a selection of Le Labo Santal 33 bath products.
Given that Les Bains translates to “the baths,” it’s almost mandatory to include luxurious clawfoot tubs in the guest room bathrooms.
Each room is outfitted with custom furniture and accents that pay homage to the hotel’s infamous past: Warhol-esque velvet sofas, Joy Division posters, and Marshall amplifier speakers.
Below ground in the hotel’s basement, the Les Bains nightclub lives on. Only time will tell if it will regain the iconic status it once had, but judging from the meticulously executed design, all signs point to yes.
The Philippe Starck–designed mosaic tile that became so iconic in the nightclub’s bath was moved and faithfully restored piece by piece.
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