Located a mere stone’s throw from the Champs Elysées in the heart of the fashionable so-called Golden Triangle, the Hotel Lancaster radiates an intimate luxury. It is housed in a 19th century townhouse, which was recently fully refurbished, giving a contemporary twist to classic materials such as wood, leather and velvet, combining just-picked flowers with antiques, paintings and period furniture (including Louis XV and XVI) acquired by Emile Wolf, the legendary Swiss hotelier, who transformed the townhouse into a hotel in 1925.
At the Lancaster hotel customers are each welcomed as privileged guests, it has always done its very best to build its reputation around the exceptional quality of its service, the availability and discretion of its staff, and last, but by no means least, its warm and
friendly approach to customers.
The Lancaster recently achieved a one year of complete renovation of all the rooms, suites and corridors; The aim was to create refined and refreshed spaces that strengthened the origins of the hotel and paid tribute to the history that helped build the reputation of the Lancaster. The building which today houses the Lancaster was originally built in 1889 as a private townhouse by Mr. Santiago Drake del Castillo – who descended from Spanish nobility – who had acquired the premises 10 years earlier from the Prince and Princess de Hennin. In 1925 the building was sold to a Swiss hotelier, Emile Wolf, who decided to start a process of enlargement and transformation on the flat-house. Between 1925 and 1925 the four-floor townhouse became an eight-floor luxury hotel. During the period of conversion that took until 1930, Emile Wolf and his executive housekeeper, daughter of a highly reputed antique dealer, scoured the auction houses of Paris for furniture, antique clocks, paintings, chandeliers and other furnishing to equip and decorate the hotel. Until today the wealth of Louis XV and XVI furniture as well as the attention directed to the decoration details add an inimitable Parisian chic to the hotel.
With 43 rooms and 14 suites overlooking both the street and the courtyard, the property has a residential yet regal feel sure to refresh visitors coming in from the whirl of excitement of the Champs Elysées and neighboring attractions.
The newly decorated Lancaster hotel uses materials that are elegant, yet comfortable. Classic materials such as velvet, wood and leather are combined with more contemporary touches including nickel, one-way mirrors and glass. Fabrics with dimmed and faded patterns have been used in favor of solid colors so the woodwork of the dressers and bedside tables catches the eye. The modern additions are inspired by designs of the 1920s and 1930s with a strong Art Deco feel. Lighting fixtures play a key role in the Hotel’s decoration concept and white bed linen also plays a part in accentuating the unique decor. Chairs and armchairs have been reupholstered using more technical fabrics that upgrade the frames and emphasize the color combination chosen for each room: Parma pink, blue, bronze, and champagne.
The new corridors are lined with specially designed bronze-colored carpets with black borders. Designer Tai-Ping Maison wanted to create the illusion of a path of golden sand, leading from one room to the next, inviting guests to explore the different corners of the hotel. Each door number is adorned with a fresh flower, cut from the hotel’s garden. This lovely touch is integral to the Lancaster’s identity which has always been associated with flowers.
These gems have been renovated, ensuring the timeless elegance and style of the hotel continues to greet guests today. The solid oak herringbone parquet, so typical of 19th century Parisian chic, has also been lovingly restored.
Many famous and distinguished guests have paid a visit to the Hotel Lancaster over the years. A favorite haunt of the 1930s “A” list, Marlene Dietrich called it home for three years. No less than Russian artist Boris Pastoukhoff, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and Robert Capa have all graced the hotel with their presence. More recently, Jane Fonda, Emma Thompson and Pedro Almodovar have chosen to make the hotel their Parisian pied-à-terre.
Its cosy yet glamorous vibe has no doubt had something to do with its attraction. Indeed, when guests cross the threshold, they leave the bustle of Paris behind them. They can unwind in the courtyard garden, whose lush plants from five different continents create an enchanting environment.
The delightfully intimate, understated and contemporary restaurant “La Table du Lancaster” is an exquisite one-Michelin-star restaurant. The inspired seasonal menu at La Table du Lancaster, crafted by Julien Roucheteau, highlights vivid and unforgettable flavors; the menu is declined around the origin of the product. “Colors and favors of the soil”, “From the river to the lake”, “Winds and tides”, “Pasturelands and farmyards” offer a walk through French land and the world.
Once guests walk through the elegant entrance to the hotel, they enter a calm and tranquil space, away from the bustle of Paris. In the ‘Terrasse du Lancaster’ as regulars call it, plants from five continents flourish – Australian palm trees are complimented by a Japanese-style flowerbed with pebbles, whilst oak trees and teak woodwork decking create a grounded, solid feel. During the summer, the “Terrasse du Lancaster” is decorated with streamlined tables and chairs made of striking and unusual woods. With the soothing sounds of the fountain, guests can relax and escape from the flurry of activity at the Champs Élysées.
Guests may also take advantage of the bar’s new gourmet match: a glass of superb wine the head sommelier has paired with delectables from Paris’s fine delicatessen Da Rosa.
Whatever they choose, guests are sure to leave Hotel Lancaster with memories of an unforgettable stay – one filled with grandeur and a touch of glamour.