Sumptuous Philippe Starck style at a historic Parisian hotel.
A Paris institution since opening in 1928, Le Royal Monceau has been reimagined into a 21st-century celebration of art de vivre. Dignitaries and celebrities have long appreciated the hotel’s spacious rooms and luxurious amenities, which now include in-room acoustic guitars and art books, as well as high-tech gadgets like mirror TVs. Acclaimed designer Philippe Starck used the 1940s and ‘50s as the base to shape the guest rooms, but their striking overall style cannot be pigeonholed. Each of the 149 accommodations also gives a nod to the city’s creative heritage, although you’ll find no artists starving in garrets here. Instead, rooms range from cozy studios with coveted courtyard views to the masterpiece Royal Monceau Suite, with a fully equipped kitchen and hammam shower. Restaurants include La Cuisine, whose shared tables offer a family dining room experience, and Il Carpaccio, serving haute interpretations of regional Italian dishes. The Spa My Blend by Clarins was also designed by Starck and features a 28-meter swimming pool.