The DNA: Part of the burgeoning Evok Hôtels Collection, the Brach Paris is set in 1970s-era former postal service building in the city’s 16th arrondissement. Inspired by modernist architecture, the interiors of the glasshouse-like structure, which now drips in foliage and is crowned with a rooftop terrace, were designed by Philippe Starck as a “functionalist, constructivist hotel of the 1930s,” says the French designer. “We created a new mix, highlighting the disorder between the Bauhaus, Chateau style, and the surprise and wonder of Africa.” A canvas by Starck’s artist daughter, Ara, dresses the ceiling of the lobby, a space that brings together a collection of totems and sculptures. Beyond, leather, wood, marble, and metal fill the restaurant with colliding but complementary textures (and another creation by Ara that wraps the space). Starck paid special attention to the subterranean sports club, complete with a thermal pool, sauna, hammam, and salt cave. He wanted “men and women to feel powerful,” he says of its retro New York boxing club ambiance. Guestrooms, including some suites that have private outdoor spaces, are decked out with furniture that further evokes the 1930s.
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Accolades: Condé Nast Traveler Hot List 2019
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 59 rooms (24-42m2) (258-452 sq ft) & suites (60-200m2) (646-2,153 sq ft) • hotel opened: 2019 • interior design: Philippe Starck • parking possible on-site (charged) ✅ pet friendly, no charges • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible