Interview with Sarah Lavoine: Archi, decoration, design & boutique hotels

Tell us about yourself ?

I am an interior designer. I founded my architecture studio in 2002, then my decoration brand a few years later. We are now a global lifestyle house that also offers space design and decoration but also ready-to-wear, leather goods and beauty.

What is a good hotel for you?

A good hotel is a place where you feel at home. It must be warm, welcoming, elegant and offer a real universe. When we take on hotel projects, this is how we work with the studio. Hotels must offer customers an enchanting parenthesis and a change of scenery while offering them an anchor far from home.

Can you tell us about the last hotel project you worked on?

The Café de Paris hotel in Biarritz, I loved working on this project. We started with the restaurant and continued with the hotel. There, I wanted to create a space that never goes out of fashion. I like to imagine places where life is good. They are meeting places. The result was 19 chic and relaxing cocoons, inspired by beach huts, boats and the ocean where the holiday spirit reigns.

What styles of hotels do you like to sleep in?

I like hotels that have a soul and that invite you to relax and get away from it all.

What do you hate most in a hotel?

The coldness of a hotel, the impersonal side, I avoid these hotels.

Finally, can you share your 3 favourite boutique hotels in France or elsewhere with our visitors?

Villa Treville in Positano

The House of the Basin in Cap Ferret

Kasbah Bab Ourika in Marrakech

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