And while Eugène’s work is largely dictated by the hotel’s occupancy, holiday seasons, and major art-world events and exhibitions, she also devotes her time to programming at the hotel’s gallery. She proposes themes for new shows, and sources works for them, including “Icons Collection,” the current show featuring photographs of famous actors, musicians, artists, and athletes. “I think everyone will find one person, one famous artist that they love or were touched by,” she says, pointing out photographs of Ray Charles and James Brown, who were both guests at the hotel.
And while many tap into Eugène’s services for her access to the city’s beloved art museums, like a private visit through the Louvre
(which she can book with a month’s notice), she’s also an asset for those who already know the city’s art well. As we speak, she’s enthused about a burgeoning art scene in the 19th arrondissement, including the Cent Quatre cultural center. “It’s where everything is moving right now, it’s the place to be when you like art.”
Eugène has helped Raffles to develop similar programs at a handful of its other hotels, like the Istanbul outpost, but she says it’s not the same. “It is very different work here because we are in Paris,” she says with a smile. “We have museums, monuments, stories, it’s different from other cities.” Few would fight her on that.