http://www.travelandescape.ca/2013/05/paris-with-a-little-luxury-or-a-lot/ Published 5-6-2013 in Travel+Escape a Canadian Publication that is close to one million UVM.
If you want to be near Paris’s bustling centre of commerce in a comfortable setting with great service at an affordable rate, this location is ideal. Room rates start around €119 for a standard room and €145 for a deluxe room.
Le Royal Monceau—Raffles Paris is a five-star property. This hotel certainly maintains the Raffles tradition of excellence and is the first Raffles location outside of Asia. Also in the 8th, on Avenue Hoche, Le Royal Monceau is a few blocks from the Arc de Triomphe and Parc Monceau.
When entering this elegant old hotel, you might expect to find a traditional aesthetic. Instead, the lobby could be described as eclectic, blending old and new in a contemporary, welcoming and comforting atmosphere. Treasures of old-world Paris have not been discarded, just rearranged. Glorious crystal chandeliers cover the ceiling of the grand stairway, casting a spectacular glow. There are many treasures to find as you explore the hotel, both new and old, that delight and intrigue—from a wall of small seashells to a collection of stick figure animals.
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Art is a major theme of the hotel. In addition to the interesting works on display in the corridors and lobby, there is an exceptional art concierge, an outstanding art bookstore and an art collection beyond one’s imagination. The collection could be a museum in and of itself.
The hotel’s spa includes a 23-metre pool, the largest in any Paris hotel, and the onsite Katara Cinema is considered one of Europe’s finest screening theatres. For music aficionados, an acoustic guitar is in every room for guests’ enjoyment and guitar lessons are offered for those inclined to learn.
Credit: Maralyn Hil
For foodies, Le Royal Monceau is home to La Cuisine (one Michelin star), Il Carpaccio (one Michelin star) and the Terrace Garden, where I sipped champagne that bubbled continuously for 20 minutes of heaven.
Rooms here start at approximately €870 and increase quickly.