Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris
Chic, sophisticated, surprising, Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris represents the next generation of Palace hotels in the heart of Paris. Within walking distance of the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysées and beautiful Parc Monceau, it is now, as it has always been, one of the essential spots in which to experience the beauty, style and social buzz of this extraordinary city.
With impeccable elegance and immaculate service, the highly trained staff dedicate themselves to making your stay as perfect as possible. Meanwhile, the stunning aesthetic, unmatched location and remarkable facilities make this hotel one of the finest luxury establishments in the world and a worthy addition to the Raffles lineage.
Originally opened in 1928, the guest register is a virtual Who’s Who of the good and the great: from Josephine Baker to Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway to Michael Jackson. Recently refurbished to the highest standards by French designer Philippe Starck, this five-star hotel in Paris attracts la belle élite of today with its daring mix of art and architecture, culture and cuisine, design and high drama.
As in all of France, central to everything is the gastronomy. Two restaurants share the limelight under the direction of the hotel’s Executive Chef Laurent André and Pastry Chef Pierre Hermé, the ‘Picasso of Pastry’: La Cuisine, with its convivial combination of large tables and more private alcoves, many of which face the open kitchen of chef Laurent André who incorporates light, flavourful notes in his sophisticated, spontaneous style; and II Carpaccio, one Michelin-star, with a Sicilian baroque approach based on ultra-fresh products and traditional recipes from Italy’s many regions under the exacting eye of chef Roberto Rispoli. Completing the set is Le Bar Long, breaking convention with its high, long, narrow and luminous bar slicing through the room, and the Terrace Garden, a place of luminous green and moving water that connects the indoors with the out, the hotel to the city.
Within the hotel, the features are as surprising as they are sophisticated: The 99 seat Katara Cinema has quickly become one of the city’s most exclusive cinema venues, while the Cigar lounge, Club Vinales, is a darkly wooded escape into exclusivity and pleasure – a private club strictly reserved to members and guests, each with their own private humidor.
And then there is the spa. 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-meter infinity pool, the longest ever built in a Paris luxury hotel. The exclusive treatments, relaxation rooms including a hammam, laconium room and sauna, and dedicated fitness coaches make this spa a temple to pure emotional luxury.
For shopping, there is the whole of Paris of course, and closer to home, Le Royal Eclaireur. Part-luxury boutique, part-gallery, this unique space offers an original selection of clothes, jewellery, art and design objects. Meanwhile, the Art Concierge, Julie Eugène and her team are available to guide and advise guests as they visit Paris and provide customized visits of the hotel’s private collection and private art gallery, Art District.
The touchstone when it comes to selecting the archetypal luxury Parisian hotel, Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris is both timeless and of its time, surprising yet sophisticated, beautifully presented yet delightfully relaxed – an oasis for the well-travelled and one of the world’s great hotels, loved by those with an adventurous spirit and a taste for the very best.