The renovated facade of the conventional building is voluntarily discreet. Awnings and black rigorous bars do not reveal anything. Only the dim light filters behind the curtains and captivates. We dare enter.
The lobby could be that of a private mansion, precious and intimate at once with its gold leaf ceilings.
The leopard pattern grabs the attention and unfolds on the steps of a narrow staircase that leads to the twenty-three bedrooms, not one more.
One senses here, the unique experience of luxury will not be so classic. Like the Felidae dear to the muses Mitzah Bricard and Jeanne Toussaint in the fifties, the Mathis rebels, far from the too well controlled decorative combinations. A hint of wild darkness.
« The Mathis’ secret is also its memory, its personality mingles with that of the founder” – Jean-Philippe Cartier President of H8 Collection and owner of Hôtel Mathis.
A true refuge, the opposite of a design or minimalist train station concourse that is impersonal:
“Françoise Sagan, Jacques Chazot, Alexis de Rédé, Dani, Roman Polanski, Jean-Paul Aron, Yves Saint-Laurent, Bernard Buffet, Pierre Bénichou, Frédéric Botton, Edouard Baer…all these enthusiast of extra time understood that HE was arriving. Heads turn toward the door, like sunflowers in unison. A meter ninety of joy stops in the middle of the loung e; Gérald Nanty has arrived in his home.” – Bel de Nuit, Gérald Nanty, Elizabeth Quin, Grasset, 2007.
When he opens in 1996, he deliberately displays his contempt for the trends, the flashy, the show off. He receives creators of all ends, writers, actors and actresses, men of letters and politicians, away from the paparazzi.
Gérald Nanty had the intuition of this singular hangout where one can take refuge rather than show off, and make real encounters. The alchemy is today intact. As a malicious filter, it captures and captivates without imposing anything. Freely selective, the Mathis became without appearing, the envy of today. The bet of a certain Paris. The gate of the elevator closes.
No home automation, no ostentatious design, the Mathis cultivates a home spirit and maintains a privileged relationship with its residents, by offering an upscale customized service, which is discreet and friendly. Management, room service, concierge, the confidential and loyal team, wants to pamper its guests and anticipate their needs. The hotel experience is transformed into customized sequences of life. For all travelers in search of privacy and freedom, we seize chosen moments. Sheltered.
Tipping point between two worlds, the deep dark of the passageways gives in to a more velvety atmosphere in the private spaces. The Mathis did not wait to mix genres. In the bedrooms where the tumult of the city never pierces, the sweetness is expressed in chiaroscuro. The clear or black wooden floor depending on the room, warms the atmosphere. The wallpapers with palm and bird motifs balance with even textured raspberry and cream to silver gray drapes. The quality furniture, baroque mirrors, single out the suites. The chosen objects, precious or not, could be family ones, without doubt this is why we would always like to stay at the Mathis, as it feels like at home. The King Size beds are coiled with generous headboards, duvets and cushions that invite laziness. The antique gold does not overtake, it just provides positive, caring waves.