L’Arlatan is an eclectic luxury hotel in the pretty, unassuming little town of Arles in the South of France. Spanning 4,000 sqm, the design presents vibrant interiors by artist Jorge Pardo, in collaboration with architects including Max Romanet and Renzo Wieder, set within a historic, centuries-old building. Today, Inspiration and Ideas brings you on a tour inside of this boutique hotel, are you ready?
The property dates as far back as the 5th century, built on the ruins of a Roman Basilica. In the past century, L’Arlatan was primarily a private residence, and in 1988 the previous owners uncovered the ruins of the Roman basilica and the bases of statues and a fountain in the basement. From this historical background, a luxury hotel was born.
In designing the luxury hotel, Mexico-based Cuban artist Jorge Pardo sought to preserve L’Arlatan’s history while infusing a new creative spirit. Pardo worked closely with Maja Hoffmann, the Swiss billionaire who is on a mission to transform Arles into an arts destination. Hoffmann acquired the mansion in 2014 and oversaw a three-year-long renovation before opening the L’Arlatan hotel in October 2018.
The hotel design is essentially a total work of art for Pardo and modern design, working within the confines of heritage protection yet still managing to deck the walls with color and vibrancy, all merged in luxury design. Each piece of furniture in L’Arlatan is a signed and listed work of art, produced in JPS workshops using the tropical timber Guanacaste, from the national tree of Costa Rica.