The entire estate, including former stables, was transformed last year into an 81-room exceedingly posh resting spot for travelers. But expect prices to match—the article actually suggests a nice "stiff drink" before ordering from service menus. You might also need some liquid courage before making your booking: a recent search for availability in February revealed a per night rate of 760 Euro for a Deluxe Room.
Described as très French in its fidelity to period decor, it bears only "gentle hints" of its Asian hoteliers' roots, including "Ming dynasty-style vases" and the offer of Jasmine tea once guests are escorted to their rooms. In addition to on-site restaurants specializing in haute Cantonese and French cuisine, future palatial services are said to include "an indoor swimming pool and spa…in the former stables."
The views aren't too shabby either: The Independent reports that about half of the rooms have views of the Eiffel Tower, while indoor eye candy includes lavish Gallic-Oriental decor in some of most richly appointed suites. And as we hoped for, there is free Wi-Fi. Ain't that grand?
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