Freshly opened last month, after a four-year restoration process, Hotel Peter & Paul is New Orleans’ latest attraction. The hotel, the third in a string of designer boutique hotels by the Brooklyn-based design and development firm ASH NYC (after The Dean in Providence, RI and The Siren in Downtown Detroit), has already attracted the attention of the design world. What is it about this hotel that is so special??
Its romantic setting in an abandoned complex of four historic religious buildings – a church designed by 19th-century architect Henry Howard, a school house, a rectory and a convent, is unusual and intriguing to say the least. The interiors however are even more surprising. Located in the up-and-coming bohemian neighborhood of Faubourg Marigny, the hotel comprises 71 rooms designed in an exuberant French style. No two rooms are exactly alike, but the common thread throughout the hotel is the massive use of custom-made gingham in varying scales, punctuated with Greek and Russian religious paintings. The rooms are richly decorated in monochromatic color schemes, local estate finds and European antiques. A most enchanting feature is the trompe l’oeil art that decorates the credenzas.? It reflects the similar decorative treatment of the interiors of Institut Guerlain in Paris, painted by Christian Bérard almost a century ago. The level of detail is amazing, take for instance the table lamps that adorn each room – they were antique altar candlesticks retrofitted into table lamps. It is ingenious and contributes to the fantasy world that ASH NYC has so beautifully? created. ?