Les Bains was a temple of debauchery — one that had a devout following comprising Paris' most prominent names in the creative industry. Depeche Mode played here long before their albums topped the charts, designer Yves Saint Laurent walked its mosaic tiles, and the likes of artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol have stumbled out onto the street at the crack of dawn. Back in the 1970s and 1980s, the parties at Les Bains were legendary, and the guest list, even more so.
The building's storied past reaches further into the annals of history. Before it was converted into a nightclub, Les Bains was established in 1885 by a noble family as a bathhouse, one frequented by French novelist Marcel Proust, no less.
Today, Les Bains has been restored to its former glory. Interior architecture firm RDAI and designer Tristan Auer have converted the building into a 39-room hotel, one that has retained features such as the 19th century stained glass windows and mosaic bath in the basement as gentle nods to the building's storied past. The contemporary reimaginings of the space see the hotel's restaurant and bar splashed with amorphic blood red walls and ceilings while the rooms channel classical restraint with a muted palette of white and grey.
Les Bains, as we know it today, might have grown considerably tame. But it hasn't stopped the fashion cognoscenti from returning to this part of the neighbourhood. After all, the hotel's neo brasserie has played host to parties thrown by Dior and Givenchy during Paris Fashion Week. If there's one hotel you should book ahead for in Paris, Les Bains is it.
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