Are you dreaming of Europe for the New Year?

22Dec10

I am! If you’re heading to Europe for the holidays (even if it’s only in your head) be sure to pop into the newly renovated Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris. After 2 years of extensive renovations, the completely transformed palace hotel opened in late October. It has been generating much interest ever since.  (ps.. big pics today. Yum!)


Designed by Philippe Starck, the Raffles property is comprised of suites, apartments, a Clarins spa, restos and bars, a 100 seat 3D cinema and one of the trendiest boutiques in Paris. Starck’s goal of the re-design? To show the world what “real French modernity should look like … artistic, delicate, open, poetic.” With a heavy focus on art and culture, the Royal Monceau has set out to make it’s mark, again. Expos, a contemporary art bookstore and excellently curated photo collection are just a few of the stand-out features.

Originally opened in 1928, the Royal Monceau has long been a site for historic events. Intellectual salons, important guests and a steady flow of culture meant the greatest figures of the world gathered here to take advantage of the luxury accommodations, the courtyard garden and immense bar.

Amazing chandeliers…

Rich colours and pops of fun throughout…

Even before food and drink, this property is a visual feast!

The small, exquisite details make the hotel stand out from it’s neighbouring competitors.

Hmm, the thrill of the chase? Or a modern stag party?

Elegantly appointed rooms.

Need to set the mood or release your inner artist? Each room comes equipped with a LAG accoustic guitar and a hotel instructor is on hand to provide lessons, guidance or to just jam.

Hope you’re not afraid of seeing your reflection… from all angles.

The famous courtyard garden. An idyllic view from the inner rooms.

In addition to all the beauty above, the hotel offers an arts blog/cultural agenda and a beautifully done website. Check them out and stop into the hotel. If you can’t stay the night, at least have a drink or meal and soak in the atmosphere!

Le Royal Monceau Paris – 8th arron.
www.leroyalmonceau.com

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