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In the heart of Paris, where history and modernity intertwine, a new emblem of luxury emerges: Le Grand Mazarin. Located in the iconic Marais district, this 5-star establishment by Maisons Pariente is a celebration of Paris’s artistic soul and timeless elegance.
Housed in a building that whispers tales from the 14th century, Le Grand Mazarin stands at the intersection of Rue des Archives and Rue de la Verrerie. While its foundations are deeply rooted in history, the hotel’s ambience is refreshingly modern, flamboyant, and unexpected.
Le Grand Mazarin: Artistic Flourishes at Every Turn
The hotel’s design philosophy is a masterclass in attention to detail. Nearly 500 artworks grace its premises, each carefully curated to enhance the guest experience. From contemporary frescoes to intricate lighting fixtures, art isn’t just decoration here; it’s an intrinsic part of the ambience.
Esteemed designer Martin Brudnizki, founder of MBDS Design Studio in London, has infused the 50 rooms and 11 suites with a unique aesthetic that’s both intimate and flamboyant. Collaborations with renowned French artisans have resulted in bespoke pieces that exude luxury and craftsmanship. These artisans still work with the same traditional handmade methods honed by previous generations: Le Grand Mazarin has worked with Maison Pierre Frey for fabrics, Maison Lucien Gau on bronzeworks, Henryrot & Cie for furniture, Art de Lys for tapestry canopies, Pinton 1867 for rugs and Ateliers Gohard for paintings.
A Culinary Adventure at Boubalé
The hotel’s culinary offerings are as eclectic as its design. At the helm of Boubalé restaurant is Michelin-starred chef Assaf Granit, who brings the flavours of new Israeli cuisine to the heart of Paris. The restaurant, with its focus on the lesser-known Ashkenazi cuisine, promises a dining experience that’s both glamorous and unique.
Beyond its luxurious rooms and culinary delights, Le Grand Mazarin offers guests a plethora of experiences. The secret winter garden is a serene escape, while the mosaic-adorned swimming pool promises relaxation and rejuvenation.
The Marais District: Paris’s Epicenter of Culture, Fashion and History
The Marais district, with its cobbled streets and architectural wonders, offers a picturesque backdrop for Le Grand Mazarin. Beyond its historic charm, Marais pulsates with a modern energy, making it a magnet for both history buffs and contemporary enthusiasts.
A stroll down Rue de la Verrerie reveals the district’s high-fashion credentials. Lined with boutiques from luxury powerhouses like Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, it’s a fashionista’s dream. The district also celebrates diversity in style. Rue Vieille du Temple, for instance, is a delightful blend of independent boutiques and renowned chain stores, ensuring every visitor finds a piece that resonates with their unique style.
For those looking to indulge in Paris’s café culture, Place des Vosges is the place to be. This elegant square, surrounded by arcades, is dotted with quaint cafes, gourmet restaurants, and boutique shops. The Carreau du Temple, once a bustling market hall, now houses a myriad of shops, including those of independent designers, making it a haven for those seeking unique fashion finds. And for a taste of authentic Paris, Les Enfants Rouges, the city’s oldest covered market, offers everything from fresh produce and flowers to delectable prepared foods.
The district is also home to the Musée Picasso, boasting the world’s most extensive collection of Picasso’s masterpieces. The Musée Carnavalet offers a deep dive into Paris’s rich history, chronicling its journey from ancient times to the present. Contemporary art enthusiasts are in for a treat with galleries like Galerie Perrotin, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, and Galerie Chantal Crousel, each showcasing works from global art stalwarts and emerging talents.
Maisons Pariente: Redefining Luxury Hospitality
Le Grand Mazarin is the newest addition to the illustrious Maisons Pariente collection, a portfolio that includes esteemed establishments such as Crillon Le Brave in Provence, Le Coucou in Méribel, and Lou Pinet in Saint-Tropez.
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Le Grand Mazarin is more than just a luxurious accommodation; it’s a love letter to Paris. From its art-centric ethos to its commitment to preserving local heritage, the hotel promises an experience that’s as unforgettable as the city itself. ◼
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© This article was first published online in Oct 2023 – World Travel Magazine.