Close to Place de la Concorde and the department stores, the hotel is the favorite meeting place of the fashion world
150 years of history and art of living have made Hotel Scribe a veritable repository of Paris memory. Built in 1861 as part of the new Opera district designed by Baron Haussmann, Hotel Scribe was immediately chosen to be the home of the prestigious Jockey Club, whose members were the elite of French and European society under the Second Empire. Today, the hotel conserves the memory of that era, along with that of the countless personalities who shaped its renown, such as the Duke de Morny, the Prince of Sagan, Marcel Proust, Serge Diaghilev, Josephine Baker and Lee Miller.
In 1864 the street and the hotel were named Scribe in honour of Eugène Scribe, one of the greatest dramatists of his time, with countless successful plays and operas to his credit. At the Paris Opera, Scribe made his mark as the most famous and prolific librettist, working with Verdi, Rossini, Donizetti, Offenbach among others.
The noted critic Sainte-Beuve wrote of him: "This theatre of M. Scribe … has quickly gone round the world. Whenever some segment of society wishes to appear modern and sophisticated, they perform Scribe. For them, Paris and Scribe are one and the same."
On the floors, the decor evokes the past with the poetry of memory. Each floor celebrates one of the notable events or persons that helped write the history of the Scribe: the legendary Jockey Club; the unforgettable Josephine Baker who lived many years at the hotel; Marcel Proust, who was fascinated by the dandies he associated with; Serge Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes; the Lumière brothers, who invented the cinema; and, up at the top, the visionary Jules Verne. Floor after floor, like walking through a dream, the legend unfolds, firing the visitor's imagination.
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