|Address||37 avenue Hoche; 75008 Paris
by avenue Bertie Albrecht
|Neighbourhood||8th Arrondissement | See on map|
|Metro||Ternes [M2], Charles de Gaulle–Étoile [RER, M1, M2, M6]|
|Telephone||+33 1 42 99 88 00|
|Price||From EUR 690|
Where London had its grand Savoy recently revamped and reopened, Parisians’ eyes were firmly on their own star – Le Royal Monceau – which unlocked its doors at the end of 2010 after an extravagant two-year facelift. The glitterati bolthole of the 1920s, part of the Raffles portfolio, handed its interiors over to Philippe Starck with rooms, five restaurants, a shop, a soon-to-be-opened 1,500 square meter Clarins spa and Sicilian garden being given the Frenchman’s inimitable touch.
Art plays a big part in the hotel’s design, incorporating photographic prints throughout the guest quarters and public areas, with a dedicated art concierge on call, La Librairie des Arts providing the reading material, Le Cinéma de Lumières setting the scene for festivals and premieres (with macaroon king Pierre Hermé making the gourmet snacks) and a rotating programme of exhibitions held on site.
The 150 rooms range from spacious to huge (a 380 square meter apartment is available) and the feeling is decidedly lived-in palatial, filled with personal trinkets. It’s like walking into the most exquisitely decorated home where the sofas definitely aren’t suffocating in protective plastic casings and you’re encouraged to put your feet up. If you’re inspired to hone in on your own artistic talents, each room comes equipped with its own guitar and on-call lessons (as well as a mobile sound studio if you think you’re onto a chart topper).