Back in 1880, the splendours of the Second Empire were making way for the glory days of the Belle Époque. The Marquis de Sers, an officer, politician, and above all a man of the world, drew inspiration from these two influences to design his residence close to the Champs Élysées.
Over the years, while always retaining its original spirit, the building has undergone various modifications and expansions in response to changing needs linked to the evolution of the surrounding district and the expectations of the hotel’s clientele.
Today, the hotel is a flamboyant symbol of classic French style, seamlessly incorporating modern-day technology and services.
The Marquis de Sers entrusted his project to the architect Jules Pellechet, who designed a four-storey building with a classic facade, dotted with numerous windows.Inside, the spaces were laid out very functionally:
- An entrance for horse-drawn carriages leading directly to the monumental staircase
A further renovation put emphasis not only on the historical character of the building, but also on variety. And so it was that spaciousness and light became the hallmarks of the 45 bedrooms and 7 suites, expressing discreet luxury through completely new and contemporary design and decoration.
Guests enter the Hôtel de Sers through the vast, 22-metre long gallery which links the different areas of the hotel: a sober and discreet reception area, the monumental staircase which serves the former ‘prestige floor’ of the Marquis’s residence and also the grand salon, which has been restored to its full volume.
Since then, the Hôtel de Sers has again been bringing alive the original atmosphere of this former private town house, and welcomes its guests into thewarmand luxurious ambiance that was so dear to the Marquis de Sers.
The library takes on new dimensions – it has been enlarged, and enhanced by new lighting, and is better linked to the lounge area. The cosy lounge is dominated by tones of blue and brown, and offers an eclectic mixture of contemporary design, as in a private apartment.
The configuration of the bar has been transformed: its warm tones of brown, and its wide sofas in metallic-effect fabric by Lelièvre, provide an area better suited to quiet relaxation and confidentiality.
The terrace of the restaurant has been covered with a moveable glazed roof, which now makes it ideal for lunch and dinner under the Parisian sky in both summer and winter. Two alcoves have been created, enlarging the available space and offering greater privacy, a little away from the main restaurant area.