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Hôtel Westminster
13, rue de la Paix
75002 Paris, France
+33 (0)1 42 61 57 46

Quiet and Discreet
Opulent Accoutrements
in an Intimate Atmosphere
By André Gayot
Former Duke of Westminster's Paris home

The charming, mid-sized Hôtel Westminster is advantageously situated between the Opera and the Place Vendome. Its pink and beige marble lobby is splendid and luxurious, and the bar, with a piano, is more than comfortable. Conference rooms are superbly equipped. As for the guestrooms, they are handsomely decorated with attractive fabrics, chandeliers and Louis XV-style furnishings, and are fitted with mini bars, safes, satellite TV and marble bathrooms.

Don't leave the hotel before visiting Le Céladon, for a meal to remember. Chef Christophe Moisand is in charge of a jewel box that glitters much like the windows that line the streets of this jewelry district. Surrounded by Louis XV décor accented with Chinese objets d'art, you will feel as if you are eating in a friend's luxurious mansion rather than in a restaurant. The mood is set by the shades of green, which is appropriate since céladon denotes a certain shade of green in French. The menu changes with the times, but always remains well balanced, light and definitively innovative.

Suite opulence
The Duke's Bar

On our visit, we enjoyed the sea scallops in a peanut vinaigrette as an appetizer, followed by veal cheek and dorade royale. Moisand is also an expert at desserts, so save room for the chocolate souffle or roasted pear with a caramelized millefeuille. The extensive wine list is presented by the ever-smiling sommelier, Richard Rahard.

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(Updated 04/29/08 MG)

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