Spring Time In Paris
by Kris Brigden | If you have an appointment with the city of Paris, France this spring, there is no better waiting room than the recently debuted, unabashedly trendy boutique hotel, ADELE & JULES. Two century old buildings by French architect Baron Georges Haussmann, along with the energy of the historic Grand Boulevards neighbourhood in the 9th Arrondissements, have been harnessed and smartly transformed into a casually sophisticated Parisian boutique hotel experience.
Make no mistake, this is not your average fashionable urban neighbourhood, with just a small stylish hotel with a ‘call to host’. This private family owned dynamic duo is intentionally tucked on a cinematic side street, among neighbours, amongst classic residential Parisian flats.
Charged with executing this unique vision was interior designer Stephanie Poux. Poux successfully took a feeling, and turned it into a hotel. Discretion, discerning taste, and genuine Parisian hospitality ultimately bridges the gap between the warmth and personal service found at a B&B, and the discerning amenities offered at five star grand hotels.
The resulting realism in accommodation is what appeals to a new and varied generation of travelers. It is a beacon for first-timers and return guests who seek true French immersion beyond the stale, predictable Paris hotel. The real focus of this boutique presentation was never just product. It was personal. ADELE & JULES was to be designed “as a pied-a-terre for dear friends.”
The reception foyer is a light hearted and confident statement for what lies ahead. Textures, patterns and materials dance effortlessly with the custom composed music, art, and woven kilims beneath guests’ feet. An unapologetic bold mix of colours in strong purple, turquoise, cerise and greens are a clear adaptation of ‘des arts decoratifs’, abstract patterns, and styled motifs.
The juxtaposition of traditional taste and modernity continue to fascinate in the private guest rooms and suites. Regardless of size, high ceilings and terrace doors open to expose the courtyard below, echoing a classic light and airy Parisian apartment. Guests are introduced to a different, unpredictable energy, encouraging all to find their inner Bohemian, and venture out to explore the city of love and light.
The crafted asymmetry assembled here is further promoted and celebrated in all the boutique amenities. A collaborative network of carefully selected partners in taste, art, sound, and food, represent a true microcosm of the French capital’s thriving cultural scene. Like the ‘Honesty Bar’, just off the lounge, ADELE & JULES is truly unique, confident, and trusting. It is a sophisticated model that appeals to almost everyone. When your friends ask “where are you travelling next?” — tell them you’re going home to the old neighbourhood in Paris to visit the family.
ADELE & JULES is Located at 2 & 4bis Cite Rougemont. www.hoteladelejules.com
Toronto and Muskoka based designer KRIS BRIGDEN, principal of North Muskoka House Ltd. The Firm is a full service residential design firm that works on small and full scale design projects throughout Northern Ontario, Toronto and GTA. Dedicated to designing inviting interiors that are specifically catered to each client’s individual lifestyle needs.