There’s something charming about parisian lifestyle; cafe culture, quaint streets, stunning galleries and museums, beautiful architecture and districts dedicated to art and design. The Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris, reflects all of this with true elegance and warm hospitality…
The art of luxury is refined to a tee at Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris. Blending the romance of France’s capital with the legendary name and hospitality of Raffles, this hotel is everything that travellers to the city would want, and so much more. It’s chic, sophisticated and boats a location in the heart of Paris that will get your traveller heart beat every time you step out the front door. Originally opened in 1928, Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris, remains one of the essential spots in which to experience the beauty, style and social buzz of this extraordinary city.
The hotel is aesthetically stunning, appealing to evert visitor who wants a piece of classic European life with a touch of grandeur. It was recently refurbished by French designer Philippe Starck, and you’ll find his art deco-inspired creativity in the decadent, modern decor like exposed brickwork, lavish carpets and iron railings, as well as other plush furnishings. Team all of this with a fantastic location, impeccable facilities and service, its daring mix of art and architecture, culture and cuisine, and design and high drama, there’s no wonder why Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris continues to attract the la belle elite of today. We checked in on a beautiful spring day and were met with immaculate service and friendly staff who, as we learned throughout our stay, were willing to go above and beyond to make our time in Paris and at the hotel more than comfortable. For example, art enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn that the hotel has a dedicated art concierge – seriously, how awesome is that?
The Suite Life
The iconic eras of the 1940s and 50s inspired all rooms and suites, designed by Starck. The luxurious chic decor is in tune with the Art Deco heritage of the building, but has a striking and inspiring individuality. The hotel has 11 different luxurious rooms and suites to choose from and a total of 149 quarters including three exquisite Presidential suites. We’d highly recommend the Junior Suite; decked out with swish, duvet-like carpet, individual artworks, huge beds, a spacious living area, a mirror-lined bathroom with monsoon shower and a separate dressing room. The state-of-the-art equipment, including a television concealed behind a mirror, as well as the unique art pieces on the wall and spacious walk-in closet, fit seamlessly with the art deco styling. We loved the Clarins amenities, the fact that you can get a Wii and Playstation upon request, and, wait for it, an acoustic guitar so you can express your creativity – amazing! This charming suite is great for couples or small families who want a little extra touch of class during their stay.
France is famed for its Michelin-star chefs and excellent cuisine, and this is no different at Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris. You have great options here that combine the best of the local culture and cuisine with the dishes from around the world. Each has its own atmosphere and setting – something to suit every mood and palate. Elegant La Cuisine, where breakfast is served, has an open kitchen with a cotemporary French menu – try the pan-sautéed beef fillet from Normandy, and don’t forget to indulge in pastries from Pierre Harme. At II Carpaccio – a Michelin-star holder – things get deliciously gastro. This restaurant is dedicated to Italian fine-dining and boasts stunning Sicilian baroque decor in a conservatory overlooking the garden – perfect for a romantic dinner. Located at the heart of the hotel, LE bar Long is a high, long, narrow and luminous bar, that welcomes quests all day long for cocktails and tapas, set in the style of an old-school Parisian salon. Then, there’s the Terrace Garden, where al fresco dining is a delight. Of course, there’s a 24-hour in-room dining too with an extreme choice and a special children-s menu too.
The hotel would be incomplete without a spa, and boy is this a great one. A temple of wellbeing and contemporary beauty, the spa at Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris, the first for My Blend by Clarins, is a paradise of pure white; a 1,500 square meter space that includes a 23-metre infinity pool, the longest ever built in a luxury. The spa can be accessed directly from every floor, and like the rest of the hotel, this haven provides the art of relaxation and wellbeing with bucket-loads of professionalism and a lovely personal touch.
All About Location
As much as we loved spending time in our suite, there was DSO much around that is totally worth getting out of bed for! The hotel is located on the prestigious Avenue Hoche, within walking distance of the Ar de Triomphe, Champs Elysees and the beautiful Parc Monceau, ideal for guests to fully experience the rich and vibrants atmosphere of Paris. It’s 45 minutes from both airports. Roissy Charles de Gaulle and Orly; 30 minutes from Gare de Lyon; and a mere 20 minutes from Eurostar station – Gare du Nord. We have to applaud the fantastic service, the attentice staff, the remarkable facilities and the perfect location; Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris is turly one of the finest luxury hotels in the world and a worthy addition to the Raffles lineage.
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