One could make a reasonable case that naming your hotel “Sinner” might just be trying a little too hard. After all, when checking in for a bit of naughty time, one hardly needs more encouragement/assistance than a roomy bed and a fully stocked mini-bar.
As it turns out, the reference to sinning has apparently to do with corresponding stylistic elements artfully woven into the provocative new Paris hotel’s design (though you’re free to believe it was inspired by the Judas Priest song of the same name) It is sister to the elegant Nolinski near the Palais Royal, and the Philippe Starck designed Brach in the 16th. But the Sinner hotel (at 116 Rue de Temple in the Marais) will likely lure a more dark-hearted, nocturnal clientele, those who would find nothing unusual about the check-in desk boasting adjacency to a candlelit crypt.
Elsewhere, no gothic flourish was left unindulged, with stained glass windows, vaulted archways, lavish candelabras, knocker-adorned room doors, and, because why not(?), a serious looking installation of chained metal pipes hovering near the elevators. Naturally, then, a cabinet of curiosities doubles as a concept store, offering an appropriately analogous collection of souvenirs.
Upstairs the rooms, reached via a caliginous, lantern-illuminated hallway, let up a bit on the shadowy aesthetic manifesto. In fact, some sport eye-popping reds, greens and yellows. Though the Justine Suite (a nod to de Sade?) is styled for all manner of mysterious goings on.
Of course, even crypt-dwellers need to eat (and drink). And the Sinner’s namesake bar and restaurant will be lorded over by Adam Bentalha – formerly of Le Ritz and the Shangri-la Paris – whose menu draws global inspiration from North Africa to South America. Accordingly, the main dining room has a bit of the vibe of a modern chapel (brush up on saying grace, just in case).
To keep guests engaged, there’s a spa named Ablutio (not a Shakespeare character) with a Roman inspired pool, plus a planned program of cultural diversions, courtesy of the worlds of fashion, art and music. But we recommend packing as much Poe and Baudelaire as you can, and settling into in a corner of the aforementioned crypt – until the proper opportunity for transgression presents itself.
Just be ready for the repentance, afterwards.