“We want to put an accent on conviviality because we want to have a nice atmosphere in our hotels. It’s like your home can be beautifully furnished, beautifully designed, but if there is no soul, you don’t feel comfortable.”
We’re in great company with Delphine Prigent of Nos Maisons Parisiennes, where she and her parents welcome guests into their three “Parisian homes,” in the heart of Paris, France. Here they showcase and share the character and modern hospitality of their city that they love so much.
What began in 1991 when Isabelle and Hervé Prigent purchased their first boutique hotel, turned into a lifelong passion for the French “art de vivre” or “art of living” with their collection now including the Hotel de Londres Eiffel, Signature Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and most recently Le Petit Chomel.
In this episode, Delphine shares why after worldly travels, she was drawn back to Paris to join her parent’s business, share in their familiar hospitality, bring soul to their spaces, and build a team that welcomes guests as if they were good friends.
[3:50] How several years of life abroad, traveling to iconic cities and pursuing a career in fashion, gave Delphine a dynamic viewpoint of the world while appreciating the charm of her home in Paris.
[6:05] Even before buying their first hotel, Delphine’s family heritage was rooted in hospitality and baking, honoring French culture across generations.
[7:47] A glimpse into what makes each Parisian home unique. From their neighborhood streets, balcony views, rich architectural history, and local culture and community.
[11:20] Creating an atmosphere of conviviality and discreet luxury through the design and service or their boutique hotels.
[17:20] A unique experience shows how the Prigent family goes out of their way to show their guests their local views of Paris.
[19:54] Every team member is considered an extension of the family. And every Christmas, they are celebrated and treated as guests.
[22:38] Local delights amongst the tourist areas to dine and shop like a local.
[27:56] As one of the few family owned hotels in Paris, the Prigent’s pride themselves on offering the most local and genuine hospitality.
[33:25] Why Delphine is grateful to have learned loyalty and respect from her parents.
[35:16] Looking beyond Paris, the Prigent’s plan to open their family home in Normandy for guests to experience the French coast and countryside.
[40:06] Delphine shares some of her favorite guest stories and friendships she’s fostered along the way.
- Le Royal Brasserie on Rue de Grenelle
- Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche Department Store
- Luxembourg Gardens
- Rodin Museum Garden, L’Augustine Café
- Café Varenne