Maison Chanzy

Your Art Nouveau Home in Paris

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Built in 1902 for Pierre Chanzy, the Maison Chanzy is an Art Nouveau hôtel particulier designed by famed architect, Achille Champy. Its curvy stylized brick-and-stone façade is a nod to Belgian architect Victor Horta, whose works also influenced Hector Guimard, designer of the classic Paris métro entrances.

Fully renovated in 2015, the Maison blends Belle Epoque whimsy and romance in the form of antiques and traditional fabrics with modern-day conveniences, including some of the comfiest mattresses you’ll find in the City of Light. A Plum Guide property, the Maison is impeccably maintained, with a team dedicated to making your stay memorable and safe (see their COVID19 safety charter). Since we’ll have the house’s top two levels to ourselves, we can take full advantage of the well-equipped kitchen and cozy living room.

The Maison is situated on a quiet street just steps from Village Faidherbe in the artistic 11th arrondissement, where you’ll find everything you need for your stay. We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to eating out. Along with authentic cafés and traiteurs (rotisserie chicken and herb potatoes, anyone?), the 11th boasts some of the city’s best restaurants. Celebrity chef Cyril Lignac has annexed the corner two minutes’ walk from the Maison, with a patisserie, a chocolaterie, and the insanely swoon-worthy Le Chardenoux.

It’s a quick walk to one of Paris’s oldest street markets, the Marché Beauvau/d’Aligre (1777), as well as the Canal St. Martin, the Bastille, and–a little further on–the Marais. 20 minutes in the opposite direction is Père Lachaise Cemetery, the world’s most visited necropolis.

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A word about Pierre Chanzy

Born into a conservative family in 1860, Pierre Chanzy was an incurable romantic who took to traveling the world after the death of his platonic love. Upon his return to Paris, Pierre became a member of the Beau Monde and helped bring to the public the first screening of Georges Méliès iconic silent film Voyage dans la lune. He’s also known to have developed quite a refined wine palate.

He continued to be unlucky in love, with a brief but passionate affair with Margarethe Zelle, a Dutch exotic dance later revealed to be the notorious war spy Mata Hari. After her execution, and in ailing health, Pierre retreated to his home. On June 28, 1919, the very day the Peace Treaty to end World War I was signed at Versailles, Pierre died in the arms of his nurse–and rumored lover–Jeanne.

Amenities

Common areas

  • Full-sized fridge/freezer, dishwasher, toaster
  • Self-serve Mariage Frères and Kusmi teas, organic coffee, filtered fruit water, and snacks
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Washing machine/dryer
  • TV/DVD player and SONOS sound system
  • Free WiFi

Bedrooms

  • Super-comfortable mattresses
  • Linen or cotton bedding
  • Authentic Art Nouveau furniture and decorations
  • Fresh flowers in each room
  • Direct access to bathrooms
  • Safes
  • Writing desks

Bathrooms

  • Bathrobes and towels
  • Soaps, shower gel and shampoo from Aroma-Zone
  • Hairdryer
  • Magnifying mirror
  • Scales
  • One bathroom with tub, all others with showers

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