HOTEL DE JOBO - Josephine Bonaparte
Hotels, truly, surprised me more and more each time. I love designed hotels with original decor, endless details and vibrant stories. Hotel de Josephine Bonaparte, JoBo, to those in the know, has it all.
For my short stay in Paris, I wanted something quite and cosy to relax before moving to Bali for a while. I found, by chance, this brand new boutique hotel in the historical neighborhood of the Marais. Opened in June 2016 and built on the remains of a 17th- century convent. A 24 rooms charming residence, perfect to an intimate and delightful escape.
The story behind this hotel is quite interesting and passionate as it is entire inspired by Marie Joseph Rose Tascher de la Pagerie (Josephine Bonaparte) who in today's world would probably be known as JoBo on Instagram and in celebrity magazines.
No one better than Josephine to represent French elegance with charming frivolity.
The interior design of the hotel was entrusted to Bambi Sloan. Rose in the muse and the thread that runs through the new decoration, rethought and shaken up with a dose of fun by the designer. The sense of style of Josephine was admired by all. We have to thank her for the first leopard print rug.
Josephine had a secret garden at Malmaison, just outside Paris, she had 250 species of roses from all over the world planted... roses for Rose. It's why Bambi Sloan had mischievous fun blurring the lines in an eruption of roses, every possible tone of pink.
The Napoleonic-style tent is entirely designed to evoke Josephine the lover rather than the battlefields of her husband. It welcomes the visitor beneath a shower of roses originally painted by Readout in the rose-garden at Malmaison.
For the wall coverings of the hotel's boudoir like rooms, Bambi went through the archives of French textile manufacturers Le Manach, finding treasures with wonderfully evocative names. All the carpets were specially designed by Bambi Sloan for the Hotel de JoBo. She calls the rooms "The love nests". The bathrooms are tiled with Marquita and Carrara marble mosaic like those of Ancient Greece.
"Not a day goes by without my loving you; not a night without holding you in my arms; not a cup of tea have I drunk without cursing the glory and ambition that keep me far from the love of my life. While I am occupied with my affairs, leading the troops, wandering the camps, my darling Josephine is the only one in my heart occupies my spirit, absorbs my thoughts". Letter from Napoleon to Josephine, 30 March 1796. They had such an ardent passion story. We know they we madly in love because of their passionate correspondence.