Le Royal Monceau: Regal Hospitality in Paris
Le Royal Monceau, once a beautiful Parisian palace, is now an iconic luxury hotel in the heart of the ‘City of Light’ Paris. Transformed into a luxury hotel in 2010 by the ever so talented Philippe Starck, Le Royal Monceau is the European Flagship Hotel of the Raffles Hotels & Resorts chain.
Located on Avenue Hoche, very close to the renowned Champs Elysees, and near all the major Parisian tourist attractions, Le Royal Monceau is an ideal hotel for travellers wishing to fully experience all that the ‘City of Love’ has to offer.
Le Royal Monceau is not merely picturesque and grand; it also retains a historic charm. Even though it spans back to 1928, the hotel still maintains its elegance and glamour up to this day that is evident by it’s luxurious rooms and amenities.
With 85 rooms, 64 suites that include 3 astounding presidential suites, accommodation at Le Royal Monceau falls no short of luxury. The rooms and suites are inspired by the 40s and 50s, with a distinctive French spirit evident in the furnishings. Each room features handcrafted furniture that is designed by Philippe Starck, and includes a beautifully designed walk-in closet, living area with a working desk, and more luxurious amenities.
All rooms have unlimited access to the spa My Blend by Clarins. One of the most interesting additional features we found at Le Royal Monceau was the presence of an acoustic guitar in the rooms for guests who wish to express their creativity through music.
Traveling with kids? Then Le Royal Monceau has you covered. They run an excellent children’s program called Le Petit Royal, which is coordinated by the Kids Relation Manager, and includes workshops, guided tours and many more kid-friendly activities.
When it comes to the culinary experience, Le Royal Monceau encompasses three exquisite eateries within it’s walls. The first is La Cuisine, a French restaurant that offers a refined cuisine that will tickle your taste buds. Second and most notable is Il Carpaccio, the only Michelin-Star restaurant in Paris, and which is 30 years old to this day. In Il Carpaccio, talented Chef Roberto Rispoli serves up traditional Italian family recipes using only the freshest ingredients, which draws up crowds from all over the French capital. Finally, Le Bar Long, is a restaurant that is designed to feel like a living room, where guests can gather around and eat in an atmosphere that attempts to relive the roaring 1930s.
Le Royal Monceau has such a strong presence of art in the hotel, making it a must for art aficionados. If you’re interested in viewing artworks, you don’t have to leave the hotel as it has its own contemporary art gallery, aptly dubbed the Art District. In addition to that, Le Royal Monceau has a contemporary art bookstore, La Librarie des Arts, which is dedicated to photography, design and architecture with exclusive products for sale.
As if that wasn’t enough, Le Royal Monceau also has a dedicated Art Concierge. The Art Concierge is solely dedicated to aiding guests with any art-related matters, showcasing artistic attractions in Paris, as well as planning different art-based itineraries and trips. So if you have any inquiries regarding anything in the art field in this French capital, he’s the go to person for that.
Another interesting art addition at the hotel is the Katara Cinema, which is a 99-seat luxury cinema that is equipped with the latest film-viewing equipment. Katara Cinema is considered the most modern screening room in the whole of Europe.
If you are however in search for some pampering, then Le Royal Monceau is the place for you. The spa at Le Royal Monceau is 1,500 square meters of pure serenity. All treatments use exclusive My Blend by Clarins spa products, making every treatment a heavenly treat.
The hotel also has a great gym outfitted with techno gym facilities, 3 rooms dedicated to yoga and a grand swimming pool. Boasting up to 23 meters of natural daylight as a plus, the swimming pool is one of the longest swimming pools in Paris.
Le Royal Monceau Is located at 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris, France. Tel: (+33) 1 42 99 88 00. www.leroyalmonceau.com
– Fajer Al-Farsi