Chateaubriand: Your Home Away From HomeLEFAIR
Writer: Courtney Snyder @csnydzzz
Photos Courtesy of Hotel Chateaubriand
Exhausted from trotting city to city, we were looking forward to staying in a quaint hotel in the heart of Paris’s main attractions. We arrived and settled into Hotel Chateaubriand, located in The Golden Triangle in Paris’s 8th Arrondissement between three of it’s most famous boulevards: the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, the Avenue Montaigne, and the Avenue George. This triangle attracts one of the world’s most glamorous crowds due to its fashion houses (Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana and Chanel), boutiques and restaurants. Costes, owner of extravagant restaurants such as L’Avenue is also located in the Golden Triangle.
We not only felt relieved, but also experienced a classic ambiance at this historic hotel located down the surprisingly quiet side street (Rue Chateaubriand) of the famous Champs-Elysées. As we knew we were going to be here for a lengthy photo shoot, we were pleased to receive such supportive accommodations from each and every staff member. Right away we were immersed in an atmosphere highly conducive to creativity. One of the first things we noticed in the hotel was an elaborate winding staircase that portrayed whimsical style, with uncluttered lines, timeless white steps and a black metal finish. Directly above the staircase hangs an improvident chandelier finished with gold accents and white crystals, leaving guests with an exceptional first impression of Hotel Chateaubriand. The interior and décor alone — bedrooms featuring sheepskin throws, chic neutral-colored rugs and pillow shams — are enough to envelope us in luxury. The simple yet elegant contemporary art ties the many different textures and patterns together: cheetah print pillow, striped rugs, and golden vintage mirrors.
The tailored rooms have modern tan and grey furniture but the design is reminiscent of nineteenth century Paris. Trimmed with neat baseboards and moldings, each room feels well-edited, every piece of furniture has some sort of distinct purpose and meaning. The white marble on the bathroom floor, bathtub and sink contribute fresh detail that reimagines this historical building makes its guests feel like they are living life
luxuriously. Mr. Romain Rio, owner of both Hotel Chateaubriand and the nearby hotel George Washington, (43 Rue Washington) has created an evolving style that incorporates both modern and classical pieces and leaves us captivated by every detail.
We felt comfortable and at ease as we unwinded from our travels and prepared to get to work. We began shooting model Myrtille Revemont just outside of Hotel Chateaubriand. Myrtille is a true Parisian (avec un visage Français) whose beauty and aesthetic correlates perfectly with the design and impression of the hotel and its rich surroundings.
Our discovery of this location is all thanks to Parisian photographer, NeO Tony Lee. Lee was extremely helpful in the production of the photo shoot, creating a behind the scenes fashion video and recommending only the best, most scenic shooting locations. Every time Lee stays in Paris (which is often) he resides at the Hotel Chateaubriand. “It’s my home,” he said and soon it felt like our home away from home as well.
Our work day was easy and enjoyable and we were able to refresh and relax in our dreamy, classical room after a long day of shooting. Another benefit of staying at the Hotel Chateaubriand is that it is not difficult to travel to any location from this base. This will enhance anyone’s overall Paris travel experience. The convenience of this location allowed us to travel at a swift pace from point A to point B with the Avenue George V Paris metro within three minute walking distance.
We strongly recommend Hotel Chateaubriand to anyone looking for une vrai expérience Parisian. Allow this nostalgic Parisian destination to inspire you and your travels.