Les Echos

January 17, 2023

The Friendly Hotels group is bringing back the spirit of the founding architects of the Savoyard resort of Les Arcs, and in particular Charlotte Perriand, by relaunching the hotel "La Cachette", renovated and purified to recover the original principles.

The concept. It is an institution in Savoie, in the heart of this village born more than fifty years ago from the vision of a group of architects. Recently bought by the Friendly Hotels group, which decided to restore the spirit of the founders of the place, "La Cachette" became a cosy and warm four-star hotel. The building classified as "Remarkable Contemporary Architecture", like a good part of the resort, has had several lives that have taken it away from its original structure. The first task was to clean up the building to rediscover the principles dear to Charlotte Perriand: the leaning facades, the large windows facing the mountain, the natural materials... It was the Savoyard firm Patriarche that was responsible for giving an architectural intention to the establishment, which has 88 rooms, all of which have a view of the peaks.

Decoration. After resurrecting the original structure, Patriarche multiplied the nods to Charlotte Perriand with several pieces of furniture: a graphic wall of sconces with pivoting shutters reissued by Nemo, octagonal tables designed for the resort, an LC4 lounge chair at the reception desk, as well as Zero Edition stools in solid oak. For the rest, the firm drew on the aesthetics of the 1970s with mismatched seats for the restaurant as well as headboards made of compressed hay and cushions from the Arpin spinning mill, a historic factory near Bourg-Saint-Maurice with which Perriand had worked.

The après-ski. At the foot of the slopes, "La Cachette" has its own "ski room" (with ski boot warmers). At the end of the day, the spa allows you to relax in the outdoor sauna with a view of the Mont Blanc massif or to treat yourself to a treatment (sporty, imagined by Physioski with Weleda products, or aesthetic with Pure Altitude). After a drink at the bar on the fifth floor with its fireplace and views of the Grand Blanc, dinner is served in the form of a high-quality buffet with homemade pastries, not to be missed at breakfast either.

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