A Magnificent Piece of History
One of the few examples of the Art Nouveau style in Paris, the Citadines Paris Louvre is a historic building quite unique in the city.
Issue: Mar 2009
Located in the heart of Paris, opposite the world famous Grand Louvre Museum and right next door to the Tuileries Gardens, the Palais-Royal and its gardens, Citadines Paris Louvre is an ideal alternative to hotels, for both business travellers and tourists.
A seven-storey building comprising just 51 charming serviced apartments and studios, it is a cosy residence that offers a family atmosphere quite unlike any other of its kind. Marrying a historic building with modern amenities that resonate with the urban traveller, the experience of a stay here is quite unique.
Set within one of the most fascinating districts that buzzes with activity all hours of the day, Citadines Paris Louvre is just opposite the Comédie-Française, France’s oldest theatre company founded in 1680 by King Louis XIV, and the Opera Garnier. Nearby Rue de Rivoli, Avenue de l'Opéra and Faubourg St Honoré are also home to an array of antique shops and elegant boutiques. Pop into one of the numerous restaurants and cafes for a people-watching spot, if so inclined.
A Grande Dame
The façade of Citadines Paris Louvre
The Citadines Paris Louvre’s façade is a work of art.. Combining Gothic and Art Nouveau styles, it was designed in 1908 by French architect Constant Lemaire, and was originally the Royal Palace Hotel. Sitting on the street that features mainly neo-classical facades from the 18th and 19th Century, the Citadines Paris Louvre appears highly striking. As the Art Nouveau style did not catch on in Paris as much as it did in other European cities such as Barcelona, the serviced residence is part of a handful of buildings here that illustrate this school of art.
Within the building, the stained glass windows in the corridor, sculptures, colonnades and balconies add to the visual interest and make for a most romantic ambience that is also reflective of the soul of the city.Every room was designed to have a view of the bustling city, and the hotel was later converted into offices and also residential apartments. In 1997, it was reopened as Citadines Paris Louvre.
Living room of a one bedroom apartment
While the breakfast rooms and the main entrance were refurbished before Citadines took over the property, most of the building, from the lobby and the corridors that lead to each apartment to the stained-glass windows, remains in its original glory.
Preserving the originality of the building was not difficult, but the challenge was more in the restoration and renovation of the premises. Listed as a conservation building by Bâtiments de France, a government authority that oversees the conservation of historic monuments in France, it was important to adhere to the same style and materials throughout the restoration project.
Given the building’s age, it was no easy task to find the same type of materials, such as stone and wood, used in the original construction. Because it was important to remain as true to the original structure as possible, the other crucial challenge was in finding professionals with the specialist skills that were needed to carry out the restoration.
Fortunately, despite these challenges, the building has been beautifully restored and refurbished, with the last renovation carried out in 2002. Today, the Citadines Paris Louvre stands in magnificence, extending to its guests an intimate bit of history that completes their Parisian experience. Citadines Paris Louvre (8, rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, France) is owned and managed by The Ascott Group, CapitaLand’s wholly-owned subsidiary.