Lonely Planet Writer

The Drawing Hotel in Paris is the ultimate retreat for art lovers

A brand new boutique hotel has opened in Paris that may just be the ultimate retreat for lovers of art, as it features five floors, each of which has been designed in a unique way by a different artist. As well as that, the building houses dynamic areas for creativity, including a private art centre and an exhibition space.

A floor designed by Françoise Pétrovitch at The Drawing Hotel. in Paris
A floor designed by Françoise Pétrovitch at The Drawing Hotel. Image by The Drawing Hotel

Located at rue de Richelieu in Paris’ 1st Arrondissement, The Drawing Hotel offers accommodation with a difference, showcasing contemporary drawing and work by established French artists to guests that stay there. Six artists have been given the freedom to design and decorate the ground, walls, ceilings and corridors of each floor, creating distinct experiences on every level. Each of the motif’s chosen by the artists are included in the smaller details across the 48 rooms and two suites, such as the carpets and headboards.

A floor designed by Lek & Sowat at the drawing hotel in paris, france
A floor designed by Lek & Sowat. Image by The Drawing Hotel

As well as having created an interesting space for guests, the building also serves as the first private art centre in France to be entirely devoted to drawing. Run as a non-profit organisation, The Drawing Lab Paris has a 150-sq m space on the lower ground level with a separate on street entrance, although guests are welcome to explore exhibitions there. A drawing shop with supplies and special works by artists is also located on site.

A bedroom designed by Thomas Broomé at the drawing hotel in paris, france
A bedroom designed by Thomas Broomé. Image by The Drawing Hotel

Artists that took part in the project include Lek & Sowat, Abdelkader Benchamma, Clément Bagot, Françoise Pétrovitch and Thomas Broomé, while the hotel’s Managing director is Carine Tissot, who also heads up the contemporary art fair Drawing Now Paris.

A floor designed by artist Abdelkader Benchamma at the art hotel The Drawing Hotel in Paris France
A floor designed by artist Abdelkader Benchamma. Image by The Drawing Hotel

The Drawing Hotel also boasts a rooftop terrace with views of the surrounding area, while a specially commissioned steel sculpture that climbs the façade has been designed to pick up radio waves, recording them and generating a new drawing based on their frequency every day.

More information on The Drawing Hotel is available on their website.