Par Sandra Serpero
Hotel Le Ballu: a design bubble
Located in the 9th arrondissement, in the heart of Nouvelle-Athènes, a mystical Parisian district full of private mansions, Le Ballu, inaugurated during the summer period, has already become one of the most popular addresses in the capital. Nestled in a quiet area, it offers the pleasure of an enchanting patio decorated with plants and enveloping rooms that you never want to leave.
A place to live
Out the lobby! At Le Ballu you enter directly through the restaurant, the heart of the establishment. Breakfast, lunch or dinner, we settle in at any time to enjoy an exceptional neo-bistro cuisine prepared by the young and talented chef Michaël Riss. Having worked for prestigious establishments such as Le Meurice and Hélène Darroze in London, he is the author of a precision cuisine that reveals the excellence of the products, judiciously highlighted in each of his dishes. Shoulder of candied farm lamb, Béarn chicken, a traditional yellow place in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, his menu restores the nobility of these gourmet products. If you don’t have an appetite, the elegant bar offers carefully selected wines and champagnes that are only distributed at the Ballu hotel for certain references, toasts with friends or as lovers.
This beautiful building, a combination of two private mansions, has come back to life under the direction of architect Thomas Vidalenc, who has created a stylistic and technical work in total harmony with the site. Located on the upper floors, the 37 rooms and 2 suites of Hotel Le Ballu each have a refined kitchen area to evolve independently during your stay. Most of them have modular beds, while 5 of them have a lovely equipped terrace. Warm and welcoming, they reflect the hotel’s design spirit, a beautiful blend of genres and periods with materials such as chrome, bronze and Bakelite that flirt in elegance. The bold combination of sophisticated furniture with deep tones of walls and fabrics adds a unique touch to these intensely colourful spaces, a nod to Tintin’s Syldavia and plunges travellers into an imaginary world.
The wellness touch
Reserved for hotel guests, the spa area features a superb heated swimming pool, sauna, and massage room. Inspired by the Russian baths of the 1960s, this wellness alcove offers a real break of serenity.
The graphic identity
On menus, cups, letterheads and matchboxes, the hotel’s graphic identity, designed by the Ben Wrobel art direction and design studio, also wins support. A particularly creative visual universe that rewrites and reinvents luxury hotels. Spot on.
Hôtel Le Ballu, 30 rue Ballu, Paris 9ème. Tél. : 01 86 54 21 21. www.leballu-paris.com