In December 2021, Hôtel des Académies et des Arts opened on the left bank of Paris. This unique hotel is the work of the architect duo Lizée-Hugot and unleashes a special feeling in every art lover. Here, the artistic prowess of the Belle Époque is rekindled and multiplied with every traveller.
Hôtel des Académies et des Arts belongs to the collection called Adresses Hôtels. This is a selection of high-class hotels that immerse visitors in the defining atmosphere and soul of a particular city or district. Some are newly built; others are historical places that kept their original name. Hôtel des Académies et des Arts was designed by Stéphanie Lizée and Raphael Hugot, two interior designers who joined forces and strengthened their skills by setting up a joint studio. Hugot has a great love of creating designs and working out balanced volumes; Lizée, on the other hand, likes to focus on picking out the perfect materials and finding unique pieces. This resulted in a fruitful collaboration that they have already sealed with various projects, including this hotel. The studio's house style can be recognised by the sincerity and functionality of their spaces. On top of that, they always deliver meticulous results that come to life with unexpected, thought-provoking accents. The beauty of their vision is that they give voice to different artistic movements and approach art as a central aspect of life.
A pleasant place to stay and a platform to both beginning and experienced artists.
This recent project by Lizée-Hugot was awarded four stars and features twenty rooms of varying sizes. The recurring theme in the accommodations is the connection between the traveller and art. Thanks to the use of rough materials, the rooms were given the atmosphere of an artistic studio where everyone's creativity is encouraged. In addition, each room was given an eye-catching element, which brought a touch of character to the space, for example in the form of a pronounced colour detail or an interesting fabric. Furthermore, as usual, the studio designed the furniture itself and, therefore, the pieces were custom-made. On the walls, wooden shelves stretch where various artistic works and objects are proudly displayed. As for the bathrooms, the duo decided to refer to early 20th-century Paris by using cream and black-coloured terracotta. The result is a pleasant stay where an eternal dynamic reigns between your own imagination and that of others. While you can find the necessary privacy and tranquillity in your room, you can socialise with your fellow travellers in the communal areas. In the living room, guests can have a drink, and in the cosy breakfast room, you can enjoy the first meal of the day. The aim of the Hôtel des Académies et des Arts is not only to be a pleasant place to stay, but also to offer a platform to both beginning and experienced artists. Indeed, the hotel regularly buys works that are then exhibited in its various rooms. Guests can also buy these works themselves. In addition, workshops that are open to everyone are held in the café-atelier. This is also the place where temporary exhibitions are held. The voluntary and convivial atmosphere makes the café one of the most pleasant spaces in the entire hotel, as it succeeds in making the essence of art and creativity tangible. If you spend time here, you will find that imagination and craftsmanship, even in the most modest degree, allow us to make meaningful connections with our surroundings. If you would like an extra artistic touch to your room, you can book a stay with a fresco by artist Franck Lebraly. The artist went to work in ten rooms and left a beautiful fresco on the ceilings inspired by the style of Picasso.
The Hôtel des Académies et des Arts is not only an impressive place to stay, but also a place that undeniably puts Paris in 2022 on the map as a city of artists and artisans. With a nod to the Belle Époque, architect duo Lizée-Hugot designed a breathtaking hotel that honours art in all its forms. Those who stay here may expect an unforgettable time. Photography by Benoit Linero