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The Watch Snack: Hôtel Banke

Anna Wu-Chauvineau
Le 26 February 2017
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“Article made of high-end watchmaking visuals & the sharing of insider Parisian spots worth visiting. Intense pleasure for the eyes and the taste buds, the Watch Snack is a source of inspiration that may very well bring you to your next acquisition as well as to the place where you’ll announce it to your lady friend.”

Ahhh Paris. City of Lights and romance of course, but also a fashion and glamour capital of Europe. In terms of shopping, there’s naturally more choice and quality than one can handle. Good news for those who come to Paris on a mission to shop ’til they drop. One of the fashion “hubs” of the city is around the Opera Garnier area where you have the grands magasins such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.

The energy and electricity of the neighborhood don’t only pertain to the boutiques. Just down the street from these emblematic department stores stands a 5-star hotel full of glamour…Spanish glamour.

Hôtel Banke is one of those luxury hotels that catches your eye as you walk by. Not only because of its magnificent 1900’s  architecture (up until 2009 it was a high-end bank), but of a certain Iberian red and gold je ne sais quoi that doesn’t go unnoticed.

Welcome to a world where minimalism and inconspicuousness are foreign languages. No, the people here speak flamenco passion and torero flamboyance with elegance and style. The rooms have been designed and decorated in the same glamorous fashion: deep purple curtains, leather rugs, damask leather headboards, Neo-Baroque style furniture. It may sound a bit theatrical to you, but this is what makes Hôtel Banke unique…and so much more alluring than your average luxury chain. Yes, we’re under their spell.

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Don’t forget, whether you are here for business or for pleasure, you are in a city of romance which has inspired the greatest love stories in the world. Why not prolong the sensation?

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All photos were taken at Hôtel Banke, 20 Rue la Fayette, 75009 Paris.