From the moment you arrive you are greeted by a team of warm professionals who seem to love their job. They were kind enough to understand my high school French and politley asked if we would be mre comfortable to continue in English or French...I wimped out and took English. There was never any issue with speaking English although I tried to defer to French in the first instance.
Check-in was easy and we were shown to our Executive Room and given the full tour. Please understand that since Philippe Starck has made over this hotel it is not the traditional Raffles hotel as you may expect. It is a full assault on the senses in a good way with amazing colours, mirrors and decorations. The hallways alone could send you into a seizure if you spent too long in them!
Our room (323) had a courtyard view which was fine as it lended itself to being quiet and therefore no traffic noise. The room is a very good size with a great big king size bed, couple of chairs and a desk. Is it the most conducive to sitting in and relaxing....not sure...as the bed is in the middle of the room. The decor is pure Starck with some ecclectic decorating.
The coolest part of the room was the flat screen TV which is housed behind a giant mirror - very neat. Note though that there are not that many english channels available. We were also greeted with a bottle of Bollinger, some macarons, madeleins and fruit - wonderful touches.
Now, onto the most confronting room, the bathroom! It is essentially mirrors whereever the eyes turn...in fact you are scared to bend over in case you capture an unflattering view! It is very full on but still very stylish even if I would not have it in my home. One of the racks is also a hreated towel rail which is cool. Toiletries are of very high quality. Good water pressure (even though our shower had an odd odour to it) and nice fluffy towels.
We had room service one night which frankly was a little disappointing. the presentation was fine but the meal arrived and it was cold. We should have said something but were hungry!
Strongly recommend the hotel restaurant for breakfast. The staff are an absolute delight and nothing is too much trouble. It is a great buffet and there is an egg chef. The staff asked us on both days if we would like eggs and took the order to the chef. You could of course do this yourself!!
Checkout was quick and easy from the friendly team. Overall it was a great stay and will be happy to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just steps from the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe, Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris is the most exciting 5-star luxury hotel in the City of Lights, combining Parisian Chic with relaxed sophistication. Imbued with the original spirit of the 1930s when it first opened, this contemporary masterpiece designed by Philippe Starck features 149 spacious rooms and suites, with three outstanding Presidential Suites, a 99-seat cinema theatre, an art gallery, an exclusive service of Art Concierge and a private art collection. The Spa My Blend by Clarins, 1,500 sqm of ethereal white paradise, offers the ultimate urban escape for complete relaxation and indulgence. With the longest swimming pool in a Paris hotel, personal trainers, a wide range of yoga and Pilates classes, a hammam, watsu basin and exclusive treatment rooms, this award-winning spa takes rejuvenation to another level. From the contemporary French authenticity of La Cuisine to the celebration of Italian regional food in Il Carpaccio (awarded one Michelin star), dining at Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris' restaurants is a truly memorable experience. The desserts, all created by pastry superstar Pierre Herme, are the perfect finale to any meal. Colourful and wonderfully sophisticated, Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris is the epitome of Parisian vibrancy and elegance - a true one-off. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris Hotel Paris
- Royal Monceau Hotel
- Royal Monceau Paris
- Hotel Royal Monceau