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Le Royal Monceau — Raffles Paris - Hotel Review

Haute Indulgence in the City of Lights

By Sophie Gayot

The renovated entrance of Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris
The newly renovated entrance of Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris

Near the Arc de Triomphe on the very elegant Avenue Hoche, just steps away from the Champs-Élysées, Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris is perfectly located in the city's business and luxury district. Elegance and refinement have been the standard ever since this property opened in 1928. In 2010, it reopened after a two and a half year transformation, including an interior designed by the ubiquitous Phillippe Starck. It continues to combine the tranquility of a private home with the sophistication of a palace. You will love this peaceful haven where quiet and calm reign and the illustrious guest list has included Sir Winston Churchill, General Eisenhower, Robert De Niro, Charles Aznavour and Madonna.

As you enter Le Grand Salon, or the lobby, you are sure to admire the soft drapes set against rigid architecture, the monumental staircase enhanced by mirrors and Le Royal Monceau's candelabra collection, gathered together like a palace of crystal. When the hotel was renovated, new suites were created, each one unique, including Lifestyle, Parisian and Royal Monceau suites, as well as three apartments and two Presidential suites. Rooms open onto the hotel's flower-filled garden or onto the Avenue Hoche. A little secret: the rooms overlooking the charming flowered patio are the most sought after by the hotel's habitués.

A suite at Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris
La Cuisine, one of three restaurants at Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris
A suite at Le Royal Monceau
La Cuisine

For relaxation in a luxury environment, don't miss The Spa My Blend by Clarins (formerly Les Fermes), set to open this summer. Bathed in natural light and built around an interior garden and swimming pool, it was the first of its kind in the city and set the standard for other Parisian hotels. The best way to appreciate this state-of-the-art facility is to experience all that it offers: pool, hammams, sauna, exercise classes, cardio/fitness room, lounge bar and more. You can also enjoy massage, exfoliation, Vichy showers and personalized skincare.

The Royal Monceau will please your palate at one of its on-site restaurants. For a cozy atmosphere and experience, Il Carpaccio offers Italian delights from Roberto Rispoli, from Toscano, under the direction of executive chef Laurent André. The newest addition, La Cuisine, is a cathedral-like French restaurant with the feeling of a family dining room.

A stay at the Royal Monceau would not be complete without having a drink at the Le Bar Long, a favorite rendezvous spot. And if you are looking for a place to hold an event, the hotel can accommodate groups in three modular reception rooms. Elegantly decorated, they include the most sophisticated communications equipment.

 Go behind the scenes of La Cuisine restaurant! Watch our exclusive interview with chef des cuisines Laurent André.

See more with a member of the Pierre Hermé team making a mille-feuille.

Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris
37, av. Hoche, 8th arrondissement
75008 Paris, France
+ 33 (0) 1 42 99 88 00
Visit the Le Royal Moonceau - Raffles Parris official website

*Photos by Phillippe Garcia


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