In the ground-floor parlour with the south-facing terrace is the bar this very vertical space is taken up in. Part by three ceiling lights by Ingo Maurer in steel, paper and gold leaf that provide a warm light.
The light, white Corian bar contrasts with the original moulded panels. Behind the bar, a mirror simply resting on the white marble mantelpiece counterbalances the lounge mirror on the opposite wall. Two magnificent sliding doors testify to the ingeniousness of the 19th century's craftsmen.
The lounge, in the former main reception room, is still the building's prestige space and focal point. The original ceiling is finely crafted, with gold mouldings framing an aerial fresco representing a circle of angels against a blue sky.
The Marseille artist Agnès Canu gives wings to the main reception room, opening windows onto the sky through her six wall panels. In the centre of the room, a large chandelier made of polycarbonate Fresnel lenses, a modern take on the traditional chandelier, acts as a 21st-century counterpoint to the 19th-century surroundings; likewise, the modern furniture: the great marble table by Enio Saarinen and Charles Eames chairs. It is in this setting that you will enjoy your Mariage Frères, your house cocktail, your organic beer or your glass of wine from the Domaine de Sulauze, a winery owned by Guillaume Lefèvre, the proprietor's nephew.
The hotel offers a wide range of quality refreshments for breakfast and tea plus a selection of finger foods, a tasty alternative to the traditional meal. Wine connoisseurs have not been forgotten, far from it, with an extensive cellar of around a hundred quality wines. At the first glimpse of the sun's rays, the sheltered terraces at the foot of the vertical garden provide a haven of peace and quiet, despite the closeness of the city centre.