According to the Hôtel du Panthéon's website, each one of the newly renovated guest rooms "celebrate the great women of France, the ones who dared, the ones who loved, those with passion, those that decided their destiny - free, independent women. Valérie Manoïl’s project was not to imagine a literal retelling of their life stories, but to use them as the inspiration for sumptuous interiors that would evoke the past. Through a subtle mix of contemporary creations and original period furniture, the 35 rooms on 6 floors all have feminine influences, some obvious, some subtle…
The flamboyant ‘cocottes’, the high-class escorts of the 19th century, including Valtesse de la Bigne
Edith Piaf and Marcel Cerdan
The love affair of Edith Piaf and Marcel Cerdan in the 1950s, with its very particular design
George Sand and Alfred de Musset
The house of George Sand, of a more classic style, and the passage from the 18th to 19th century
Juliette Gréco and Miles Davis
Juliette Gréco, as the starting point for a choice of graphic fabrics that evoke the jazz of Saint-Germain in the 1940s
The ‘Signares’, French-African women from French Senegal in the 18th and 19th centuries, referenced in a joyous melting pot of contemporary and traditional African influences
Marguerite Duras and l'Amant
Marguerite Duras’ emblematic novel 'l'Amant,' giving rise to silky, colourful, refined interiors"
Indeed, the furnishings and especially the wallpaper and fabrics specified by Manoïl are eye-popping. I can't decide if I want to stay in a Piaf/ Cerdan room or one of the Signares rooms...
There is a marvelous Tumblr page dedicated to the women themselves, with historical photos and informative text but brief text. Visit it to see Valérie Manoïl's mood-board inspiration!
And if you are going to be in Paris, visit their website for reservations.