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The Signares at the Dames du Panthéon –
rooms in African colours

Les Dames du Panthéon, Our favourite things

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photos: Christophe Bielsa

Situated facing the Pantheon, in the heart of the historic 5th arrondissement of Paris, minutes form the jardin du Luxembourg, the Hotel les Dames du Panthéon is a place of calm and elegance, mixing warmth, comfort and history.

Each floor is a veritable ode to femininity, a voyage through the world of the ‘Dames’, from romantics to courtesans, singers to writers – independent, intellectual, avant-garde women…
Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon **** book on our website for the best rate guaranteed!The fifth floor of the hotel pays homage to the Signares.

Africans of mixed-race, born from the love between slaves and European colonists, from the 15th century on the Signares managed to cultivate an important economic and social role on the west coast near Senegal.

Reputed for their intoxicating beauty, they led the lives of femmes fatales, cultivating their sexuality to the extreme.
Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon **** book on our website for the best rate guaranteed!On this flor, the choic of fabrics, furniture and materials harmoniously underlines the sensuality and refinement of these ‘Mixed-race Venuses’.

The interior design of the six rooms (three Superior rooms with a balcony, two Classic rooms and one Romantic room) show two different kinds of inspiration. Some have are more influence by wax fabrics with bright colours and varied motifs, while others use more traditional ocre and brown tones.

You’ll find graphic, coloured fabrics from Sanderson, designer wooden mirrors, crocodile-style headboards, snake skin style blankets, embroidered silk medallions…

The African-inspired design continues in the toilets and bathrooms, decorated with black tiles and lizard skin-style wallpaper.
Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon **** book on our website for the best rate guaranteed!The desks, tables and luggage racks were all designed by Valérie Manoïl, the hotel’s interior designer.

The wardrobes are in harmony with the style of each room, and every detail – such as the handles – has been selected with extreme care.

Valérie Manoïl used the lives of these women as inspiration when conceiving the interior design of the rooms. “What they evoke for me, or the age that they represent, naturally guided me in my research for fabrics and materials.”
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Website: www.hotellesdamesdupantheon.com

Facebook: facebook.com/lesdamesdupantheonhotel

Twitter: twitter.com/DamesDuPantheon

Instagram: instagram.com/hoteldamesdupantheon


Two Olympic Days in Paris
23rd & 24th June 2017

Our favourite things, Sport (en)

For two days, the centre of Paris is being transformed into a mini-Olympic village, with loads of sports to try out for yourself, and unusual events like trampolining inside the Petit Palais museum and a running track floating right in the middle of the Seine!

Here’s all the info.

Paris en Mode Journées olympiques le 23 & 24 juin 2017

photos : JasonW

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Stay cool in Paris’ parks, 24 hours a day

Our favourite things

Of course every room in our hotels has individual air conditioning for the summer, but what can you do if you’re walking round town and want to stay cool?

Well, the Paris city council has just announced that a lot of parks and gardens – more than ever before – will be open 24 hours a day starting 3rd July 2017, up until 3rd September.

Here’s all the info.

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photo: JasonW

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The Paris Observatory celebrates
its 350 year anniversary

Our favourite things

Very close to our hotels, our neighbour the Paris Observatory is 350 years old today!

To celebrate, a beautiful new website – entirely translated into English – offers virtual tours of the building, information about its history, an exploration of the discoveries made over the years, a selection of artistic projects…

Here’s all the info.

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The Fête de la Musique at la Belle Juliette,
Wednesday 21st June 2017

Hôtel La Belle Juliette, newsletter - eng, Our favourite things

With its large salon, open-air bar and sweet garden, the Hotel and Spa la Belle Juliette is the perfect place to spend the 2017 Fête de la Musique 2017, probably the craziest evening of the year in Paris!

On this one day, the longest of the year, anyone can make music on the street and there are events all over town.

For example, la Belle Juliette has a free night of music on offer, with two different artists. Starting 6pm, Arno Quinze will be singing well known soul, funk and R&B tunes live.

Then from 9-11.30pm, sound designer DJ Fab!o will be getting everyone moving with a classy selection of disc, funk and house to bring the night to a peak and close!

Here’s a selection of tracks he’s loving at the moment…

Voici une sélection de morceaux qu’il aime bien en ce moment…

The event is free, but to book a table and try out our menu of chic snacks, we advise you to book ahead either by e-mail (just click here), or by telephone on +33 (0)1 42 22 97 40.

For more info on the lovely private garden at la Belle Juliette, and the new menu at out restaurant ‘le Clos Belle Juliette’, click here.
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Website: www.hotel-belle-juliette-paris.com

Facebook: facebook.com/HotelBelleJuliette

Instagram: instagram.com/hotellabellejuliette

The 2017 Fête de la Musique

Website: www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr

Facebook: facebook.com/FetedelaMusique

Twitter: twitter.com/fetemusique #FDLM

Instagram: instagram.com/fetemusique


Meet our team – Valérie Othily of the Hôtel des Grands Hommes

Les Dames du Panthéon, Our favourite things

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After studying literature, I changed directions and went into tourism, first as a receptionist and then as a business travel advisor in the group sector of Carlson Wagons Lits.

Then I decided to go back to my first love – the hotel trade – because I missed interacting with guests. I applied for a job at the Hôtel des Grands Hommes as a receptionist, then I moved up to a job as general housekeeper, encouraged and aided by the hotel manager Marie-José Hery.

It’s a profession that I discovered, where I can express myself completely, and I do everything possible so that guests leave with a good memory of their stay at the Hôtel des Grands Hommes.

I’m very lucky to be able to work in such a great environment, and I never get tired of the hotel’s interior design.

I remember back when I was a student, I often come to study at the Saint-Genevieve library. I could never have imagined that years later I would work on the place du Panthéon.

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photo : Christophe Bielsa

Valérie loves the area around the hotel, where she loves to shop or just explore. Here are some of her favourites.

They are the fine cake shop belonging to Sébastien Degardin, the JAC DES marques outlet store, the interior design store Potiron and the jewellery maker Gaetano.

Click on each place for a short description.

Website: www.hoteldesgrandshommes.com

Facebook: facebook.com/Hoteldesgrandshommes

Twitter: twitter.com/GrandsHommes

Instagram: instagram.com/hotelgrandshommes


The Paris Summer Canal Festival from 8th July – 27th August 2017

Our favourite things

It happens every year, but this is their tenth anniversary (congratulations!), so let’s welcome even more warmly than usual L’été du canal, literally the Summer of the Canal.

Forget the Seine that separates the Right Bank from the Left Bank (although it’s great too) – time to explore the Canal de l’Ourq that snakes through the northeast of the city and continues way out into some very interesting suburbs.

Get ready for canal cruises starting at just 1 euro, beaches, evening dances with traditional French music and so much else that’s it’s difficult to know where to start!

Let’s try though – here are all the details you need.

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Exhibition Les Habitants by Elene Usdin
at the Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
21st June – 13th July 2017

Art and Culture, Our favourite things, Photography

Our talented friend Elene Usdin (whose photos are part of the interior design at the Baume, Belle Juliette and each floor of the Dames du Panthéon has a new exhibition coming up with our friends at the Galerie Esther Woerdehoff.

And we are happy to invite you to the gallery opening party on 21st June, with not only free bubbly but also a live concert by Les Argonautes! Yes, Les Argonautes!

Here’s all the info.

With this show, Elene Usdin proves that she is not only an excellent photographer, but that she can also handle the brush like the great classical masters.

The first pieces of her new series Les Habitants, these take the timeless style of portraiture and subvert it by hand-painting on top of each photo the hidden emotions of her teenage models.

The artist thus revolutionises a certain idea of photography – almost a cliché – that define a photo by the fact that it can be reproduced. The photos of Les Habitants are all unique creations, the fruit of long hours spent meticulously embellishing each portrait with a multitude of fantastical figures.

The exhibition is of course free, but if you have some time on the evening of the Fête de la Musique (don’t forget to go down to la Belle Juliette at some point of course) you can be part of the opening party, with a few glasses of bubbly and musical accompaniment from Les Argonautes!

The exhibition Les Habitants by Elene Usdin is at the Galerie Esther Woerdehoff (here) from 21st June – 13th July 2017

Open Tuesday-Saturday, 2-6pm

Opening part 21st June 2017 from 6-9pm

Free!

Website: www.ewgalerie.com

Facebook: facebook.com/galerie.estherwoerdehoff

Instagram: instagram.com/galerieesther

En préparation pour la prochaine expo à la galerie : Les Habitants d’Elene Usdin @elene_usdin #expoparis #expophoto

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New photos of the
Hotel les Dames du Panthéon

Les Dames du Panthéon, Our favourite things

In addition to the new website of the Hotel les Dames du Panthéon, we have some brand new photos to show you.

Come take a look!

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photos: Christophe Bielsa

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The Delacroix Museum, George Sand
and the Hotel les Dames du Panthéon

Art and Culture, Les Dames du Panthéon, Our favourite things

On the blog we’ve already mentioned the excellent Musée Delacroix near our hotels, but during a recent visit we noticed this sweet portrait of George Sand…

Le Musée Delacroix, George Sand et les Dames du Panthéon

Eugène Delacroix – George Sand habillée en homme. © 2016 Musée du Louvre / Philippe Fuzeau

It’s a new acquisition that reminded us that the interior design of the third floor of the Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon is inspired by the famous 19th century author!

The rooms on that floor have two different styles – one dark and more classically ‘masculine’, one lighter that is reminiscent of her house in Nohant.

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photo: Christophe Bielsa

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photo: Jérôme d’Almeida

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photo: Jérôme d’Almeida

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photo: Jérôme d’Almeida

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photo: Jérôme d’Almeida

But there’s more that links George Sand and the hotel!

She can also be seen in a giant photo near reception, together with Alfred de Musset (and their famously torrid correspondence), and is also one of the women portrayed in a portrait in the stairwell…

Le Musée Delacroix, George Sand et l'Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon

photo: Elen Usdin

Le Musée Delacroix, George Sand et l'Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon

photo: Elen Usdin

Three more reason for you to visit the Delacroix Museum

1. The Museum has free guided tours on offer at least three times a week at 3pm, and they can make all the difference!

2. If you go to the Louvre, your ticket gives you free entry to the Delacroix Museum. Also, the Delacroix Museum has a 15€ ticket on sale that gives you access to the Louvre.

3. The museum’s garden is superb. Definitely requires a visit during spring or summer…

(Thanks to CM for the photos!)
Le Musée Delacroix, George Sand et les Dames du PanthéonLe Musée Delacroix, George Sand et les Dames du PanthéonLe Musée Delacroix, George Sand et les Dames du PanthéonLe Musée Delacroix, George Sand et les Dames du PanthéonLe Musée Delacroix, George Sand et les Dames du PanthéonLe Musée Delacroix, George Sand et les Dames du PanthéonLe Musée Delacroix, George Sand et les Dames du PanthéonLe Musée Delacroix, George Sand et les Dames du PanthéonFor our article about Delacroix and the Left Bank, click here.

For our article about the restored Delacroix paintings in the Saint-Sulpice church, click here.

The Delacroix Museum (here) is open every day except Tuesdays from 9.30am-5.30pm

Admission: 7€

Joint ticket with the Louvre: 15€

Free app available for iOS and Android

Website: www.musee-delacroix.fr

The Hotel les Dames du Panthéon

Website: www.hotellesdamesdupantheon.com

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