The iconic hotel Le Scribe has long been a part of the heartbeat of Paris, once situated amidst the bustling nightlife of the Opéra Garnier during the Second Empire—when it was the seat of the Jockey Club. An institution of Parisian opulence and brilliant artistry, Le Scribe began an extensive, three-phase renovation in April 2018, led by Tristan Auer, Principal at Wilson Associates. Set to be completed in February 2020, the Wilson team is restoring the hotel to its former glory, drawing inspiration from its historic setting. The hotel, which has remained open throughout its transformation, aims to embody the spirit of Paris by emphasising its core assets, namely its location in the Opéra district, as well as its new interiors and food & beverage offering.
Since its construction in 1863, Le Scribe’s walls have echoed the conversations, encounters, and laughter witnessed throughout history. Recalling that rich legacy, Tristan and his team at Wilson Associates created a design scheme that places guests at the center of Le Scribe’s spirit, creating a thoroughly Parisian experience. Moreover, Le Scribe’s interiors revive the intense ambiance of Paris nightlife centered around the Opéra Garnier during the Second Empire, when it was the seat of the Jockey Club. The design team skilfully recreated the spirit of a “men’s club” with subtle, refined touches. To contrast with the masculine side, the hotel renovation features guestrooms and a tearoom that are more feminine, angelic, and sensitive while revisiting the mood of a Haussmannian apartment typical of Paris.
Guestrooms invite the charming atmosphere of a traditional Parisian apartment in, complete with warm fireplaces, distinct mouldings, wainscoting, and fabric headboards. Drawing inspiration from the city’s distinct interior aesthetic, Le Scribe’s new guestrooms are well suited to the discerning tastes of the brilliant minds and eccentric spirits that frequent the hotel. Private bathrooms feature terrazzo floors, upper wooden moulding evoking a typical 19th-century wash room, superimposed materials, folding screens, ceramics, and tiling.
Infusing masculine design elements into the theme reserved for private spaces, the team specially designed dressing gown hooks to resemble picture rails. Rose gold faucets were selected to contrast the hotel’s “men’s club” spirit with a soft, feminine touch. Bathroom ceilings reflect the colours of the Opéra Garnier’s ceiling as painted by Chagall, a beautiful reference to the area. The bas-reliefs, medallions, and vases evoke artists’ studios, a nod to Parisian museums. A selection of vibrant, colourful works in various abstract styles by young French artists decorates the bathroom walls.
Travelers will be invited to discover Le Scribe’s new design highlights in February 2020, with additional renovations to follow. In keeping with the design team’s curated choices—evoking the historic Paris hotel while embracing modernity—Le Scribe will encourage a collaborative spirit in creating further spaces, allowing guests, neighbourhood residents, and hotel staff to participate in surveys with an eye to co-building the hotel’s new offerings.