Room Mate Debuts in France
Lorenzo Castillo designs interiors
With Room Mate’s first hotel in France, the 50-room Room Mate Alain, chain founder Kike Sarasola adds to the brand’s growing portfolio of 25 existing hotels.
Interior designer Lorenzo Castillo drew inspiration from Alain’s bohemian, intellectual and artistic nature. The goal was to create an elegant feel that mirrors the details on the historic building’s façade, which was entirely preserved during the renovation. Coco Chanel, who spent the last years of her life living in a hotel in Paris, was a large part of the design story. An ambience full of Chinese panels, and the colors that dominate in Le Bar d’Alain (the ground-floor cocktail bar) are Chanel’s characteristic pink, black and gold.
Meanwhile, the décor nods to the Golden age of luxury hotels, to Paris in the time of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, as seen in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” Rich textures, such as velvet and silk, as well as warm and soft lighting round out the spaces. Antiques were also essential to the decoration, including a Dutch lamp from the 17th Century at reception; Louis XV wall lamps in the corridors; print collections of French kings on the walls; and Napoleon III and Louis XV chairs, upholstered in silver embroidered velvet.
The hotel opening is one step closer in the hotelier’s expansion plan, which will add 11 new signed projects in the next 18 months, doubling its size from 1,800 to 3,600 rooms.
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