Kimpton set to make its debut in France

by | 01 Feb 2021 | Design

Featuring contributions from Charles Zana and Humbert & Poyet, Kimpton St Honoré Paris will introduce the French hospitality scene to one of IHG’s most prestigious luxury brands.

Following its recent opening in Barcelona, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is further cementing its European expansion, with the launch of Kimpton St Honoré Paris in spring 2021.

Marking the brand’s debut in France – and its Paris flagship – the 149 property (including 24 suites) is located in the Opéra district. It occupies a heritage building with a landmark original 1917 art-nouveau façade, which once housed the Samaritaine de Luxe department store.

Chic residential design

The interior design is the work of Charles Zana, who has retained and restored original details such as the distinctive staircase and elevator and layered it with Kimpton’s signature playful and modern aesthetic, taking his cues from 1930s art deco. The result is modern residential, like a chic Parisian apartment, with floor-to-ceiling windows and thoughtfully selected artworks.

“France is famed for its hospitality, and Paris for its art, design, culture and admiration of originality, so we are thrilled to be delivering Kimpton’s philosophy of relaxed, stylish and uniquely personal service with this magnificent new flagship hotel,” commented Jean-Paul Dantil, general manager of Kimpton St Honoré Paris.

A carefully considered F&B offering

Although boasting a spa, gym and indoor swimming pool, the forthcoming hotel’s highlight will no doubt be its drinking-and-dining offering. This includes Kimpton’s much-loved daily social hour; a ground-floor California-inspired restaurant – outfitted by Monaco-based design and architecture firm Humbert & Poyet – which will serve seaside-inspired dishes; and a tenth-floor rooftop terrace. The latter, billed as a neighbourhood hotspot, will serve up standout cocktails and small bites, while guests enjoy 360-degree views of the city.

Dantil added: “The opening of Kimpton St Honoré will bring with it a refreshing sense of joie de vivre, reinvigorating a building associated with traditional luxury and infusing it with a modern approach to indulgence, which welcomes, acknowledges and celebrates the individual without the fuss.”


San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, a collection of boutique hotels and chef-driven restaurants, is an acknowledged industry pioneer and was the first to bring the boutique hotel concept to America.