The Elegant Tradition Of The Lancaster Hotel In Paris

Heike Söns

The Lancaster, one of Paris' most emblematic hotels, is where classic luxury and service aim to make guests feel like they're visiting a second home.

Located in the heart of the French capital, the Lancaster hotel is the ideal place to forget the mundane sensibility of our times and revisit the old ways, a perfect hideaway where the art of hospitality is perfectly crafted for the satisfaction and enjoyment of its guests.
Lancaster Hotel

Built in 1889 as the residence of the wealthy Spanish businessman Santiago Drake del Castillo, the Lancaster was transformed into a private hotel in the 1920s, when it was purchased and remodeled by the Swiss hotelier Emile Wolf. And although it was not open to the general public until the 1990s, today the Lancaster is considered one of Paris’ most iconic hotels.

Its interior houses over 1,000 antiquities and paintings dating from the 18th century. The impressive environments on the first floor evoke an old private mansion with classic furniture and a design vocabulary where the more contemporary lighting highlights the decorative details.

Its 46 rooms and 11 suites are genuine odes to opulence, decorated with unique pieces ranging from fine china and Baccarat chandeliers to classic Louis XV furniture and antique clocks. Most rooms, located around a central courtyard, preserve many of the original features including magnificent hardwood floors, wood burning fireplaces and classic windows.

Following the philosophy of its founder, rather than a hotel, the Lancaster has always been a “second home” to its guests. This legacy was carefully preserved after the extensive renovations of 2006—with additions of cutting-edge technology and other luxury amenities—in the same manner in which its palatial atmosphere was kept.

Lancaster Hotel

During this extensive renovation, the architects took special care to convert three of its suites into unique spaces. One of these suites, dedicated to the actress Marlene Dietrich, is decorated in the violet hues she favored, with objects and furniture that inevitably transport you to the New York of the 1930s, including a splendid grand piano. Another suite is named after the Russian painter Boris Pastoukhoff, who lived in the Lancaster and donated several of the original oil paintings that still decorate the property. Finally, the Emile Wolf suite is undoubtedly one of the hotel’s most lavish corners, with splendid balconies that lead to the unsurpassed views the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

Lancaster Hotel

The restaurant adds to the long list of amenities that will make your stay at the Lancaster a truly luxurious experience. Delightfully intimate, the restaurant La Table du Lancaster offers a seasonal menu of unforgettable flavors. The dishes created by Chef Julien Roucheteau exalt the flavors of local products, enhanced by the creativity and vision of the young master chef.

PHOTOS: Courtesy Lancaster Hotel.

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