Hot Openings: Renovated 19th century French mansion

Following four years of renovations, Hotel du Marc — the 19th century neoclassic private mansion of the House of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin in Reims, France — has reopened.

Designers including Mathieu Lehanneur, Pablo Reinoso, Fredrikson Stallard and the Campana Brothers worked on the renovation, which encompassed everything from the façade that was severely damaged during World War I to updated interior design in the property’s five guestrooms.

Specific design elements include the entrance hall’s “mirror pleated skirt designed by Bruno Moinard. Beneath the staircase, a screen made of fine mirror strips reflect light and provide a kaleidoscope effect. Other highlights are a grand staircase, a wooden banister that flows like the root of a vine, a library filled with travel souvenirs and a dining room in theatrical black enhanced with gold.

The hotel’s restoration also has taken a green approach. Heating and air conditioning are provided by geothermal sources thanks to an underground water table while cooling and warming tubes built into the hotel’s cellar offer additional cooling and ventilation. By combining several sustainable techniques, the building can achieve 85% autonomy in energy and reduce its carbon footprint by 90%.