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The Hotel de Sers, a History

Updated: May 11

A former pupil of the Royal Military College of Saint-Cyr and descendant of a noble family of the former Province of Languedoc, the Marquis de Sers started his military career during the reign of Louis-Philippe (1830-1848). As a Captain of Hussars he took part in the Crimean War (1853-1856) and was awarded the Légion d’Honneur. In 1871, he was elected député of Loir-et-Cher, and an apartment in Paris became essential...

In keeping with his position as a man of the world, he acquired a plot of land a mere stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées, in an area much sought after by the aristocracy and the upper middle classes and decided to have his own hôtel particulier (private residence) built there and called upon the architect Jules Pellechet to design it for him.

Inside, the spaces were laid out very functionally:

  • An entrance for horse-drawn carriages leading directly to the monumental staircase

  • An internal courtyard leading to the stables and a ground floor reserved for the service rooms

  • The first floor was divided into an ante-chamber, salon and dining room while the upper floors were reserved for the bedrooms and servants’ quarters.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Hotel De Sers became a healthcare establishment. In classic thirties architectural style, the building was raised to four floors, and a six-storey building was added in the courtyard, with the internal spaces redesigned to equip each room with a toilet.

After this refit, in 1935 Hotel De Sers became a traveller’s hotel. Ever since, it has been welcoming travelers from around the world. Refurbished and restored, it has now resumed it original vocation: that of a discreetly luxurious ‘home’, comfortable and warm, in a capital city of timeless beauty.

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