Pronounced ‘un-k’ like ‘Inca’ but in French, the hotel design is based on a contemporary Andean theme. Situated close to the fashionable Marais district, 1K is located less than a mile from the romance of the Place des Vosges and its galleries. The nearest metro station is Filles du Calvaire (line 8), located 150 metres from the hotel. From here, guests have direct metro access to Opéra Garnier and shopping on boulevard Haussmann where there are a number of department stores and boutiques.
The unadorned façade of the hotel reveals little of the fabulous flamboyance hidden within. Playful, fun and yet sophisticated, this urban hotel provides guests with a lively corner of cool. An intriguing mix of quirky design, hushed lighting, and state-of-the-art technology, everything is designed to stimulate the senses. Expect deep blues, gold motives and features that recall Inca culture.
The 52 rooms and suites are unusually decorated in alpaca, valances, throws, cushions and armchairs, referring to the details seen in typical Andean woven carpets. Behind the distinctive decoration hides hi-tech gadgetry including the use of your mobile phone to unlock the door to your room. Two select suites feature private outdoor heated swimming pools for the utmost luxury.
The 1K Peruvian restaurant provides a unique experience in Paris. Serving rarely explored Andean gastronomy, the team here combines Inca cuisine’s exotic flavours with contemporary western culinary trends. Julien Burbaud, the up-and-coming young chef, creates ethnic dishes adapted to the western palette with great success. Otherwise, breakfast is served every morning in the restaurant and brunch is available on Sundays. And it’s not finished – the hotel also has one of the coolest bars in town. A speakeasy bar that is accessed through the kitchen, it serves mescal cocktails in a perfectly upmarket and clandestine setting that is in-line with the rest of the hotel’s Latin American edge.