Let’s take a moment to remember Jim Morrison. The legendary lead singer of The Doors famously passed away in a Paris hotel bath in 1971 – yet another rock’n’roll hellraiser who died aged just 27 along with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Brian Jones and a spooky list of other artists and musicians known as The 27 Club. Guests staying in the Hôtel Dupond-Smith room known as Monsieur Mojo Risin – the anagram of Morrison’s name taken from L.A. Woman – are kindly asked not to follow in its namesake’s footsteps, especially the dying part, for this environment does not reflect the singer’s debauched excesses, but more his poetic, contemplative soul.
The 17th Century Paris townhouse-turned-hotel in the Marais Quarter has five rooms and three suites, each named after an well-known artistic pseudonym, and they are where the magic happens; the four-storey building doesn’t have much room for communal spaces, so the emphasis is on in-room services. With that in mind, every detail of the guest rooms has been carefully overseen by interior architects Anne Peyroux and Emmanuèle Thisy, and they have put together a sensational collection of furnishings and décor from leading designers and artists: chairs by Philippe Starck and Jaime Hayon are an example of the kind of quality you can expect to enjoy at the Dupond-Smith.