Designed to look like a very Parisian pied-à-terre, with soft, soothing colors, simple, sleek lines and a subtle play of materials, the Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe embodies the quintessence of the art of living as expressed with elegance and modernity behind a beautiful Haussmannian façade. Even before walking through the door, guests can perceive the major influences that have shaped the Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe: legendary French interior designer Andrée Putman and the city of Paris.
“The Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe is a perfect illustration of Sofitel’s brand values: from its luxurious expression of French elegance, to the art de vivre reflected in the Studio Putman’s decorative concept,” declared Robert Gaymer-Jones, Sofitel CEO. “It is with great pleasure that we inaugurate Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe, which strikes the perfect note of elegance and modernity in the heart of this timeless capital city.”
The very concept of “hotel” has been rethought at the Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe so that guests feel right at home and enjoy the hotel experience that matches their personalities. The subdued guestrooms, designed with rest and wellbeing in mind, create a sense of peace in the heart of hectic Paris – from a light-toned leather banquette that faces a traditional Paris bistro table reinterpreted by Studio Putman, to MyBedTM, Sofitel’s exclusive bedding concept featuring all-feather bed and extra light down duvet. This is also reflected in the public spaces, such as the sleek, welcoming, lobby, the cozy lounge complete with fireplace, and the Gallery fluidly connecting the lobby and lounge to the restaurant, with lighting fixtures along the Gallery to bring to mind the lamps lining the City of Light’s broad thoroughfares.
“The Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe is the ultimate in Parisian chic. We wanted to create an alternative to the standard palace positioning and create a lifestyle space – a real Parisian pied-à-terre with a boutique hotel dimension,” said Béatrice Schopflin, General Manager of the Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe. “The hotel’s design is about interconnecting spaces, where space can be used in several different ways. We invite guests to feel at home to live as they like, to choose privacy or sharing, walls or openness.”
Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe features L’Initial, the 64-seat restaurant where Head Chef Thomas Bruno commits himself to the locavore movement, offering modern French cuisine based on fresh seasonal products from quality local producers with the aim of sharing a certain conviviality, and a wine list boasting over 100 grand crus.
The Sofitel Arc de Triomphe’s bar, the first that Da Rosa designed for a Paris hotel, promises a unique experience in a venue where two worlds meet. With a subdued atmosphere featuring the grocery store-canteen concept that José Da Rosa has made so fashionable, the products of outstanding gastronomic terroir combine with Parisian chic: ham, tarama, wine and other exquisite things for a gastronomic journey through Italy, Spain and Portugal in José Da Rosa’s tradition of excellence. The tearoom, the first created by Da Rosa, features 26 kinds of tea and a collection of sweet polenta. Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe offers six iconic French pastries from outstanding Parisian chefs such as Jean-Paul Hévin, Philippe Conticini, Angelina’s tea room and Michael Boivin, who creates pastries with a different flavour month in accordance with the season.
Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe’s outstanding location is ideal for organizing events in the French capital. Sofitel’s InspiredMeetingsTM concept guarantees a five-star experience. Four adaptable function rooms – named after illustrious women who had an influence on Andrée Putman’s life, can be personalized and accommodate approximately 60 people.
The SoFit fitness center is open 24/7 with a selection of the latest Techno Gym cardio- and weight-fitness training machines. Featuring exercise cards to follow the program that is right for them – Body Shape, Calorie Killer, Jet Lag, Urban Yoga or So Yoga – guests at Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe can boost their energy and tone their muscles.
The Sofitel Arc de Triomphe has 124 keys, including 27 Superior Guestrooms, 66 Luxury Guestrooms, 13 Junior Suites, 11 Premium Junior Suites, five Prestige Suites and two apartments.
More than 800 guests came out to fête the new Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe on 18 September, just a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées, in the presence of Robert Gaymer-Jones, Chief Executive Officer of Sofitel Worldwide; Olivia Putman, Studio Putman Artistic Director; Béatrice Schopflin, General Manager of Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe; gastronome and restaurateur José Da Rosa from Epicerie Da Rosa; and Rami Mekdachi, who developed the hotel’s olfactive signature with the candle 14.
The launch party guests included the likes of luxury lingerie designer Chantal Thomass; renowned French writer Gonzague Saint Bris, who notably participated in Sofitel’s Literary Escapes series, French TV presenters Nikos Aliagas and Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, French actress Anne Parillaud and former Miss France Mareva Galanter who all celebrated the newly re-opened hotel, the embodiment of Sofitel’s unique approach to French art de vivre.
Throughout the soirée, guests were treated to artistic and musical happenings spread throughout the hotel with the cultural partners of the Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe, like the galerist Serge Bensimon, and the design bookstore Artazart.