The Cavendish is hard to miss as you walk down Boulevard Carnot. This towering Belle Epoque building cuts an impressive figure between two streets. With its columns, rounded balconies, statues, and red sign, the architectural qualities of the Cavendish will take you to another place and time.
It's all the more impressive as you face the hotel's entrance. The wrought iron canopy from which hang two red drapes, along with the visible stonework, will make you feel as if you're entering one of the great historic theatres of Paris.
Once inside, the theatrical magic is enhanced with the mix of red fabric used for the sofas, the armchairs, the curtains, and even the reception desk, and the gold tones of the frames, the mirrors, and the cushions.
The classical style is particularly well highlighted in the reception area. It's neither over nor underdone, thanks to the bright colours that warm up the area and give it an air of dynamic elegance.
A former residence for aristocrats of the Belle Epoque, the Cavendish has happily preserved its original Carrara marble floors.
Before retiring to your room (via the stairway or the 1910 lift, both remarkable features that are highly representative of the Belle Epoque era), follow the red thread through the common areas, also done in red tones, all the way to the incredible breakfast room and lounge bar. Entirely decorated in shades of red and gold, this huge room delicately mixes the classy style of the beginning of the 20th century with modern furniture. White walls, large sofas, modern and comfortable bronze-coloured benches, red glossy tables, thick curtains, and a red ceiling rimmed with gold all contribute to create a hushed and cosy setting, which proves ideal for a relaxing evening.
The red thread disappears as you move up to one of the 4 storeys, to give way to a less vibrant and more soothing setting. Light brown wall-to-wall carpeting, pastel green paint for the doors, and off-white for the walls; getting to the rooms is a pleasant experience.