"I know my limits, which is why I exceed them" Serge Gainsbourg
For the Hôtel Verneuil, Nicolas Nonon's vision was to rethink the layout of the rooms and the lounge in order to open up this 17th century home. The aim was to create an environment that would be both warm and practical yet simultaneously more spacious and bright; to reinvigorate the building's core energy.
The hotel targets French and international guests who stay 2 to 3 days to experience Paris. Nicolas entrusted the project to Isabelle Stanislas.
Isabelle Stanislas loves Paris, and loves a challenge.
For this intrepid traveller, Paris remains her point of reference.
Isabelle often walks for hours through Paris, and while meandering she drinks in the city's unique light and extraordinary architecture. Her objective is to preserve and protect this exceptional heritage while simultaneously enriching it with her vision. Isabelle links the past with the present and future using a language that she invents as she develops her projects.
Isabelle Stanislas studied architecture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Isabelle is inspired by fashion, photography, art and travel.
As a concept creator, luxury boutique designer and international residence architect, Isabelle has worked with Hermès, Cartier, Céline and Zadig et Voltaire. Yet it is when she works with avid collectors that she redesigns apartments, houses and luxury hotels.Isabelle Stanislas has exhibited her work in Paris' most prestigious museums and galleries, such as the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and the city of Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne. Most recently, Isabelle Stanislas redesigned and redecorated the reception hall (“Salle des Fetes”) in the presidential Élysée Palace. Isabelle Stanislas' imagination lies suspended between her love of heritage and exceptional creative innovation.
In redesigning the Hôtel Verneuil's rooms and lounge, Isabelle Stanislas worked both as an architect and a creative re-inventor of proportions.
The lounge lies at the heart of the home, with its fireplace, large wrap-around couch, and bookcases that line the light-coloured walls.
It was designed as an inviting space for guests to read, write, work, have a drink, meet with friends, hold a meeting, etc.
The bookcases house vintage objects as well as books on architecture, Paris, contemporary art and artists who exhibit work in nearby and familiar galleries.
"In my inspiration for the Verneuil, I pursued a quest to find exactly the right proportions, just like when I design a piece of furniture". Isabelle Stanislas
Rooms were designed to enable guests to settle in and feel at home in under 30 seconds: to hang up everyday items of clothing, to place books and devices on the desk, to steal a quick glance in the mirror before heading off to explore Paris or pursue an array of cultural and professional rendez-vous.
The layout artfully interweaves a minimalist approach with warmth by using objects long considered obsolete, such as a clothes valet with integrated mirrors, a desktable, soft natural lighting and vintage objects.
According to the stories passed on from generation to generation and the information gathered since its construction in the 17th century, Hotel Verneuil was not originally built as a hotel.
The building used to serve as an apartment building for the numerous merchants who worked along the Seine River, such as fishermen.
The structure of the hotel suggests that there used to be a stable on the main level, and the vaulted basement made of stone was probably used to store materials or food, as it provided cooler temperatures in the summer periods.
Many years later, Hotel Verneuil became a boarding house which hosted men and women from the neighborhood or travelers...
Finally, the building was bought in 1956 and granted its first hotel certification.
This marks the creation of Hotel Verneuil and the passion that remains: that of spending time in good company, of receiving guests like at home, of sharing stories and mostly of making our guests' stay unforgettable.
For over 60 years, Hotel Verneuil and its team have been hosting and sharing their love of Paris with curious travelers, eager explorers, lovers, food connoisseurs, shopping aficionados, and all the visitors who honor us by choosing Hotel Verneuil for their stay in the City of Light.
We are sorry to announce that due to the age of the building, we are not able to accommodate people with limited mobility.
People who have trouble walking or climbing stairs must inform our booking service so we can make necessary arrangements.
Hotel Verneuil offers a classical room on the ground floor. The other rooms are located upstairs and can only be accessed by climbing up a first flight of stairs. An elevator then carries guests between the 1st and the 5th floor.