Check in: Hotel Ermitage

St. Tropez, France
07.06.2011 | by: Alexandria

 

When a super-hipster scenester decides to update a sleepy little hillside hotel on the French Riviera, the results are usually sleek and soulless. But here’s an exception. Nightclub owner/graffiti artist Andrea Saraiva purchased the Hotel Ermitage in St. Tropez two years ago, but he decided to skip the typical resort-town extravagance in favor of the 19th-century villa’s inherent low-key appeal. That means that the petanque court has stayed intact, its once-ramshackle interiors have been carefully updated to preserve a sense of quirky elegance, and the bay views are still the hotel’s single most-relaxing attraction. The overall look and vibe keeps that magical/mystical Riviera vibe intact, giving a feeling that a young Jean Seberg might pop in at any minute. Saraiva has appointed friends like Marc Newson, Christian Louboutin and Olivier Zahm to decorate some of its 27 rooms, which have pieces from the likes of Jean Prouve and Ettore Sottsass, the better to evoke St. Tropez’s global heyday in the 1950s.

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