Château Voltaire

From fashion house Zadig & Voltaire notoriety, Thierry Gillier embarked on this hotel venture alongside Creative Director, Franck Durand and architects, Festen. Together they have created a luxury hideaway in the centre of Paris that manages to achieve the intimacy of a country château. Falling halfway between the Opéra and Tuileries, Château Voltaire occupies an understated corner that remains gracefully aloof from the surrounding Haussmann architecture.

We arrived late afternoon and were greeted with a glass of champagne while the formality of our check in procedure was conducted in the comfortable lounge area. A personal tour of the hotel familiarised us with the onsite cocktail bar and restaurant, La Coquille d’Or and Brasserie l’Emi, as well as an intimate spa and plunge pool.

We’re shown to our room, which is gently bathed in an afternoon glow through the skylights that punctuate the sloped ceiling. The bedroom decor speaks of understated luxury featuring a calming palette of muted tones and plush furnishings, like the crushed velvet settee and cloud-like super king bed. An ice bucket with a bottle of rosé has been generously prepared by the seating area at the foot of the bed, which we obligingly open for an additional welcome toast.

Once freshened up we head out to explore the surrounding glitzy area cutting across to the Place Vendôme and down to the Jardin des Tuileries before making our way to dinner at A l’Épi d’Or for a traditional bistro experience.

The next morning we’re up early for a cheery spot of le petit déjeuner in Brasserie l’Emil before exploring Le Louvre ahead of the crowds, which is just a short walk from the hotel door.

After a busy day exploring we return back to the Chateau for some downtime, before making our way downstairs for a pre-dinner cocktail at the dimly lit and sultry La Coquille d’Or where we sink happily into the deep seated sofas over an intimate old fashioned.

Afterwards, we move into the glowing gallery of Brasserie l’Emil for dinner sat shoulder-to-shoulder with Parisians, which sends a clear message as to the restaurant’s credibility. We ordered the pan fried langoustines and frites, followed by an exceptional sharing chocolate mousse, which could have happily not ended. We retire to our room contended and ready to melt into a well-earned slumber.

Read more about what to wear in Paris this spring in our recent style journal post and if you’re hungry for more similarly chic Paris recommendations, you can purchase our travel guide here.

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