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Works by local artists, over 200 palm tree varieties, and bespoke furnishings set a sophisticated tropical scene at La Maison Palmier, our first member hotel in Central and West Africa.


Works by local artists, over 200 palm tree varieties, and bespoke furnishings set a sophisticated tropical scene at La Maison Palmier, our first member hotel in Central and West Africa.

Category: Africa Indian Ocean - Ivory Coast - Industry economy - New brands / Affiliations
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2022-02-04

Opening in April 2022, the property is a leafy oasis, woven into the residential enclave of Les Deux Plateaux, where both locals and travelers alight.

For the first boutique hotel in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, Original Abdallah El Ghandour had a specific vision: to create a place where locals, expats, and visitors intermingle.

To turn this vision into a refined reality, he enlisted Abidjan native Desiré Mbengue to oversee the architecture and Maxime Liautard to design the interiors.

The result is a nine-building property, with a strong focus on green public spaces, locally sourced materials, and regionally produced products.

The low-slung concrete buildings are juxtaposed with high-ceilings, custom terrazzo flooring, and floor-to-ceiling windows. With public spaces at the heart of the project, interwoven garden paths connect the living areas with the restaurant, the bar, a pool checkered with green marble, and numerous terraces.

In each of the 74 guestrooms, Senegalese designer Aissa Dione has curated a selection of textiles to create warm and welcoming atmospheres.

Custom carpets in rich reds and greens pair with wood paneling and bespoke furniture. Bathrooms are spacious and light-filled, accented with cream- and sage-colored tiles and elegant Art Deco–influenced faucets.

Beyond the Standard Rooms are the Superior Rooms, which offer ample space and lush garden views; Junior Suites with separate sleeping and living rooms, as well as a guest bathroom; and Signature Suites, the grandest rooms on offer, each of which boasts distinct dining, living, and sleeping areas, a guest bathroom, and in some, a balcony.

All rooms—and public spaces—are also adorned with photographs and sculptures by artists from the Côte d’Ivoire.

Next to the pool and a covered terrace are Le Bistrot Palmier and Le Bar. Much like the fact that all building materials were sourced from within the subregion, the restaurant too uses local ingredients to create contemporary French and international cuisine.

Dishes like a fresh palm kernel salad can be enjoyed alongside classic and inventive drinks, including “February 30,” the hotel’s signature green-based, natural cocktail.

There is also an onsite fitness center outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and yoga mats, and with personal trainers on request, as well as The Studio which is available for private events of up to 60 people.

Whether The Studio is arranged like a boardroom or a banquet hall, the space emits a stately vibe—reflecting the embassies nearby—and offers a breathtaking view of the hotel’s outdoor spaces.

La Maison Palmier is located within the upscale residential neighborhood of Les Deux Plateaux in Abidjan, a city known as the Ivorian economic capital.

In addition to the many embassies, within reach are also a variety of coffee shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Plus, the city’s central business district is only 15 minutes away by car.

About Design Hotels

Design Hotels represents and markets a curated selection of over 300 independent hotels in more than 60 countries across the globe. More than a collection of hotels, the company is a collection of stories. Each property reflects the ideas of a visionary hotelier, an "Original", someone with a passion for genuine hospitality, cultural authenticity, thought-provoking design and architecture. Each "Original" stands for the individual, aesthetic and service-driven experience that his or her hotel provides.

In 2017, Design Hotels launched Further, a traveling laboratory for experiential hospitality that transforms hotels across the globe into temporal hubs of thematic exploration. The mission behind Further aligns with the values of the future-facing Promad, a new generation of traveler embracing progressive travel and global nomadism. First identified by Design Hotels in collaboration with leading futures consultancy The Future Laboratory, the purpose-driven, self-actualizing Promadic movement is set to shape the future of hospitality.

Founded by Claus Sendlinger in 1993, Design Hotels offers its members insightful travel industry knowledge, from market trend consultancy to international sales representation. The company has its headquarters in Berlin and branches in London, Los Angeles, New York and Singapore. In 2019, Design Hotels joined forces with Marriott Bonvoy, enabling its member hotels to have both a greater and more selective reach while offering its Community the benefit of the industry’s leading loyalty program.

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