The Chess is the name chosen by interior designers Patrick Gilles and Dorothée Boissier for their first hotel, which opened quietly in the French capital this summer.
Managed by the Compagnie Hôtelière de Bagatelle, which operates a handful of boutique hotels in Paris including Chantal Thomass’s Vice et Versa, the new four-star property has 50 rooms, each with a unique ambiance created by the interior design duo.
On the floor of the lobby, a black and white checkerboard pattern reflects the hotel’s name. In the guest rooms, the same motif is echoed in miniature on the tiled bathroom walls.
Gilles & Boissier selected every element of the hotel’s decoration, from furniture and fabrics to light fixtures. Natural and high-end materials such as oak, marble, velvet and linen dominate the décor, and each of the five floors has a different dominant color (blue, yellow, grey…).
The designers invited three of their artist friends to contribute to the ambiance. Alix Waline created an immense mural for the entrance, while Victor Ash adorned the lobby with the image of an owl’s face and Cyprien Chabert created murals for the interior courtyard.
Gilles & Boissier are known worldwide for their luxury interiors. Alongside other ventures, the duo has collaborated with some of the world’s leading hotel groups including Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons and Baccarat Hotels.
The Compagnie Hôtelière de Bagatelle specializes in luxury boutique hotels. The group currently owns five four-star hotels and has announced it will open its first five-star property in 2015 on the Rue Saint-Roch in Paris’ 1st arrondissement.
Reservations are open for rooms at The Chess. Prices start at $330 per night.
Address: 6 Rue Helder, 75009 Paris
For more information and reservations: www.thechesshotel.com