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Financial Times - Five hotels with the now factor

In its article "Five hotels with the now factor", Financial Times presents the Grand Hotel Bellevue London.

The small French hospitality collection Lignée Hotels recently brought its quintessentially Gallic game to the heart of London. But the new Grand Hotel Bellevue is not, as might be expected based on their groovy French locations, in Marylebone or Westbourne Grove: it’s on Norfolk Square, a block from Paddington Station, dans le coeur de W2. It’s that slightly off-piste address, though, that allows for the exceptionally chic design to be accessible at exceptionally appealing rates.

Fabrizio Casiraghi, very much a designer of the moment (he’s currently busy with the Four Seasons in Rome), created interiors that bring out the sexy in what are occasionally pretty snug spaces: many of the top-floor accommodations – designated aptly as Cabin Rooms – recall superbly tasteful shipmates’ quarters.

Casiraghi left the listed Victorian building’s bones alone, layering in dark-wood boiserie in a half-wall effect. There are his signature skirted sofas, burnt-orange and garnet palette, and plush wall-to-wall carpet underfoot. There’s no restaurant, but the Pondicherry bar is tiny and unassailable in its coolness, wrapped in tapestries designed by New York firm Bode and serving coupes of whatever your tipple of choice is.

Read the article here.