WELCOME TO THE COLLECTIVE: FEB 2017
For your February fix of hotels fresh to the LE 2017 collective, we’re looking at three high-design darlings making the most of their environments, whether that means the rice fields of rural Portugal or the cobbled streets of Paris.
NAME: Hôtel Bachaumont
LOCATION: Paris, France
CAUSE: Sexing up a grand old hotel building with experimental cocktails and interior design
The doors of the original Grand Hôtel Bachaumont in the Upper Marais closed back in the 1970s, but thanks to some clever collaborations with a few thoroughly modern Parisian talents, the Hôtel Bachaumont is ready to welcome a whole new generation of discerning travellers. Interior designer of the moment Dorothée Melichzon (responsible for the recent Grand Pigalle in Paris and forthcoming Henrietta Hotel in London) has revamped the interiors in her signature, geometric-loving style, with patterned tiles, antique furniture and a moody Art Deco palette of teal, navy and black giving an aura of 1930s Paris with minimalist modern touches. Downstairs, renowned scene-makers Experimental Group, who have worked with Melichzon on other hotel projects and are the people behind the hugely successful Experimental Cocktail Clubs in Paris, London and New York, are channeling their expertise into a glass-ceilinged restaurant specialising in French cuisine as well as the smart Night Flight bar. Swing by for a creative cocktail concoction whilst listening to a live set from local musicians.
NAME: Sublime Comporta
LOCATION: Alentejo, Portugal
CAUSE: Respectfully injecting high-concept design into the Portuguese countryside
Sublime Comporta is a masterclass in sensitive design, with every element geared towards harmonising with the wild beauty of the Portuguese countryside. An hour’s drive from Lisbon, Comporta is a magical combination of whirling sand dunes, neat vineyards, rice fields and long stretches of beach. Sublime integrates seamlessly into this peaceful abundance of wildlife with a simple, respectful yet uncompromisingly modern series of buildings (a main house, guest house and villas) consisting of floor-to-ceiling glass, natural wood and a calming colour scheme of white and grey. The overall effect from architects José Alberto Charrua and Miguel Câncio Martins is one that complements the surroundings but doesn’t disappear into them. If guests want to venture out and explore the natural world that beckons, they can embark on horseback riding, fishing and wine tasting excursions.
LOCATION: London, UK
CAUSE: Questioning the limits of a hotel by adding in some apartment and communal living flavour
Having launched in October last year with Leman Locke in London’s Aldgate (and with an Edinburgh counterpart, Eden Locke, on the cards for June 2017), Locke has its sights set on both the short- and long-term traveller with their selection of design-led ‘aparthotels’ combining aspects of boutique hotels, serviced apartments and community living. Leman Locke’s 168 apartments have everything you need to be self-sustainable, including a fully-fitted kitchen (and fully covetable candy-pink sofa), but are also connected to the neighbourhood and other travellers through two meetings rooms, a gym, two bars and all-day dining. Treves is perhaps more geared towards laptop working, business meetings and casual get-togethers with friends, whilst Hyde proffers healthy salads and juices by day and classic cocktails by night.