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…or how we got to know the owner of the hotel from the 1940s! Madame Moncelli, the current owner of the hotel tell us the pretty incredible story.
In the 1990s, we met Nicole Kennedy, the daughter of Madame Marguerite Andrée Nègre Souquet-Basiege who was the owner of the Hôtel des Grands Hommes for ten year, from 1947 to 1957. Although Nicole never owned the hotel, she did work there often to help her mother.
It’s thanks to Nicole that we know some of the history of the Grands Hommes, and she has become a dear friend.
Nicole went to live in the USA after the death of her mother (in the 1950s), following a man she had met at the Hôtel des Grands Hommes. He was to become her husband, and her new life as a young woman commenced.
Talking of her mother, Nicole says she was a philanthropist who helped young people who had talent but often little money. For her, the hotel was an international place, and each evening a couple of cooks would prepare dinner for everyone, during which fascinating, passionate discussions would take place.
People often danced in the salon, and music was omnipresent.
Nicole says that the place was always alive and welcoming, and that she was happy to meet and talk to exotic, intelligent guests from around the world in French, English or Spanish…
From this tumultuous period after the war, Nicole has left us two precious guestbooks covering the ten years her mother ran the hotel. We’ll be sharing text and drawings from them over the coming year, some of them happy or nostalgic, often moving and showing the enthusiasm and gratitude of the guests to their host.
It almost like the TripAdvisor of its era – more modest, but a lot more eloquent!
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The first page reads:
When I came to Paris, on 11th July 1947, I felt completely disorientated, but after having spent this month with the Jacquet-Basiège family, I had the proof of that little something whose source escapes me:
Leaving is to die a little
It is leaving a part of oneself
In every thing
And every place
We hope you’ll enjoy these guest comments as much as us. They are pieces of history, examples of the identity of the Latin Quarter and the generosity of that great woman Madame Marguerite Souquet-Basiege, to whom we pay homage today.
We would like to thank our friend Nicole and her son Raoul for their friendship and for the gift of these two books that are now back in their home. We will keep them forever within the walls of the Grands Hommes.
More pages from the guestbook coming soon!
However, for Valentine’s Day 2017, we have also prepared a special musical selection on the theme of love, perfect for the most romantic city in the world.
You can hear it today at the Hôtel Baume, Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon and Hôtel and Spa la Belle Juliette.
The special selection is for today only, and you can preview a few tracks from the playlist below.
And of course, if you need help booking a restaurant for this evening or ordering flowers, just ask at reception 😀
Have a great Valentine’s Day!
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« It’s a real reinterpretation of the aesthetic of the era, more hinted at than overtly shown. You have to know how to create an authentic atmosphere while also leaving room for imagination, interpretation, a certain lightness… »
Thibaut Fron, Interior Designer of Hotel Baume (Exclusive Interiors by T&T).
Hotel rooms continue to inspire interior design! And the rooms of the Hotel Baume, remixing early 20th century style, are a perfect example: order, colour and geometry: the essential elements of Art deco, sublimely used by the two designers and six themes (Perfume, Jewellery, Fashion, Cinema, Architecture and Private Club).
The Art Deco period is a goldmine of idea for anyone who loves interior design: it was an extravagant but elegant period, chic, golden, graphic… timeless! The iconic style elements of the era can be seen in the 35 rooms and suites. Let’s take a look at a few ideas that anyone can personalise and adapt, depending on their style and home.
The lobby of the Hotel Baume brings Art Deco up to date:
• through the choice of colour (shades of grey, mustard and pink)
• through the choice of furniture (Munna, Koket, Artemis, Arne Jacobsen, Marie’s Corner, Porta Romana, Knoll, MOOI)
• through the forms that symbolise modernism and discreet luxury.
VERY ‘GREAT GATSBY’
A symbol of glamour and luxury, many of the design codes are present: the use of polished metals, precious wood, patterned carpeting, dark leather and geometric wallpaper. At the Hotel Baume, the colours blue, orange and camel reinvent a masculine atmosphere; certain details in the furniture remind one of the wild years of Shanghai private clubs or great Transatlantic voyages.
A MIX AND MATCH OF CAREFULLY SELECTED OBJECTS
Vintage items, like the powder compacts under Plexiglas® in the lobby, share the space with the modern jewellery (designed by Anna Rivka) in display cases in the Jewellery rooms. The engravings in the Fashion rooms are originals from the 1932 maison Pernet collection by Madame Jeannest.
FABULOUS MIRRORS AS HEADBOARDS
Designers Thibaut Fron and Thierry Martin chose Christopher Guy, known for his sophisticated and original creations, to make the heaboards in the rooms and suites.
REPRODUCTIONS OF PHOTOS OF PERFUME FROM THE ERA
Humbled together and superimposed, or just framed, the images of perfumes guide visitors through the corridors to their room.
WHICH IDEA(S) CAN WE TAKE FROM THE ART DÉCO PERIOD?
• rich materials like mahogany, ebony, forged iron, gold
• geometric motifs
• lacquered wood details
• « stitched hide » walls
• black, chic and calming
• and glass, more glass and even more glass!
Above all, go for the harmony of style for your home: choice of colours, materials, atmosphere… The best interior design is not about creating a ‘trendy’ place but somewhere that reflects your personality.
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…and we have two special offers that you and your loved one will love love LOVE!
A massage? Chocolates? Roses? Champagne? Breakfast in bed? A romantic room with a breathtaking view?…
Click for all the info about the exclusive Valentine’s Day package at the Dames du Panthéon and the Valentine’s Day special at the Hotel and Spa La Belle Juliette!
The year of the fire rooster has just started and Paris will be celebrating the event as usual with the grand parade (200,000 spectators) in the southeastern 13th arrondissement, not far from our hotels!
Here’s all the info.
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Our gorgeous 4-star hotel, the Hotel Baume, has a new website!
It’s easier to navigate, with more superb photos and even some brand new functions like instant help via text message!
Click either of the images below to visit the new site, and don’t forget that we keep the best rates on the web for ourselves, so book on the site to save some money and receive a free welcome drink when you arrive! 😛🥂
Valentine’s Day 2017: the Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon has a special offer for lovers… and chocolate-lovers!
On 14th February, even more than every other day of the year, Paris really deserves its reputation as the City of Love! There are so many romantic spots to be discovered, but one of the most beautiful without doubt is the Hotel les Dames du Panthéon.
With its modern and cosy lounge, and comfy colourful rooms, the hotel’s irresistible charm will seduce even the most demanding guest. Half of the rooms have a spectacular view of the Panthéon, making the 4-star hotel the perfect place for a romantic break!
This year, the Hôtel les Dames du Panthéon has decided to add extra sweetness to its « Exclusive Valentine’s Day Package » with a Do It Yourself workshop at the Paris Chocolate Museum! To visit during your stay, the Museum lets lovers create their own personalised hearts, lollipops and bars of chocolate.
A sweet reminder of Valentine’s Day 2017!
From 1st-14th Febaruary 2017
EXCLUSIVE VALENTINE’S DAY PACKAGE INCLUDING
✵ One night in a Junior Suiteor Cocotte Suite with two buffet breakfasts
✵ A bouquet of roses in your room
✵ A half-bottle of Taittinger champagne
✵ A massage for two in partnership with Omnisens
✵ A private workshop for two people (1 hour) followed by a free visit of the Paris Chocolate Museum (10th arrondissement) with demonstrations and tasting sessions.
Rate: 650 euros
Book by telephone: +33 (0)1 43 54 32 95 at least 48 hours in advance
or by e-mail: email@example.com
The Hotel & Spa la Belle Juliette is perfect for lovers! And we have a 100% chic and romantic proposition for Valentine’s Day 2017!
Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day doesn’t leave anyone indifferent.
The 14th February is undoubtedly the best moment to tell the person you love how you feel, and offer them a moment of relaxation. What better way than to relight your fire, or keep it burning bright!
On this special day, Paris is the best place in the world for a romantic getaway, and in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés, just minutes from the Bon Marché department store, the Hotel & Spa la Belle Juliette is the perfect illustration of French refinement.
This year, the Hotel & Spa la Belle Juliette has made an extra special effort to give lover’s the experience of a lifetime, with a special glamour-packed offer including a massage and a lesson on how to massage your partner.
For even more pleasure, you’ll receive a free glass of champagne to drink next to our sweet little pool!
The super-romantic rooms at the Hôtel & Spa la Belle Juliette with their free-standing bathtubs and bathroom overlooking the room are perfect for bring back that special spark…
The 2017 Valentine’s Day offer includes:
• A massage (« The lover’s rest ») at the Spa of la Belle Juliette for two people, followed by a glass of champagne
• Two meals at the Clos Belle Juliette (starter, main course, dessert – drinks not included)
• One night in a Romantic room including a lovely bouquet of flowers and a bottle of champagne
• Two breakfasts at our buffet, or served in your room
Price: 595 €
Offer valid throughout February 2017
To book / or for more info, contact reception
Telephone: +33 (0)1 42 22 97 40
Presenting Pedro Santiago Ugarte, manager of the Hotel Design Sorbonne, who tells us how he came to work at the hotel…
Originally from Madrid, my university studies and first professional experiences were both related to customer service and the tourism trade.
It was while studying and working in France, Finland and the USA that I had the pleasure of discovering different languages, cultures and approaches to life, all of which made me understand the motivation for our industry – give guests the best welcome possible and make them feel completely at home during their stay!
I was lucky enough to start my professional career in the hotel trade as a receptionist during the summer seaosn in France. Once I had finished my studies, I went to the USA to work as head of reception in a 600-room hotel in Washington DC, where my vision of the industry continued to widen.
Back in Europe, and after having worked in another large hotel in Madrid, I came to Paris in 2014, where I was incredibly lucky to work in a perfect little group with the same vision of the hotel trade as me, and in the most beautiful city in the world!!
With their exceptional employees, the HPRG group and Hôtel Design Sorbonne represent the pinnacle of customer service in the hotel trade.
Here are four of Pedro’s favourite addresses in the are near the hotel. Click on each of them for more information.
It’s the fifth edition of Mille et une Orchidées at the Jardin des Plantes, just minutes from our hotels, with exceptional flowers from the Paris botanical gardens, the hothouses of the Chèvreloup Arboretum near Versailles and five specialised orchid nurseries in France.
Here are all the details.
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