Walk through the main entrance on Avenue George V, which branches off of the city’s Champs-Élysées, and you find a spacious black marble-floored lobby, with reception to your left. On the right, past the elevators, you have “La Scène”, the signature restaurant run by Stéphanie Le Quellec, with an open kitchen at the heart of the room.
Your eyes will be drawn up as you enter bar “Les Heures” across the hallway to gawk at the ceiling and its two octagonal paintings and pretty spectacular, hand-made chandelier anchoring the room. An authentic drop-weight system lets the glass panes facing the courtyard disappear into the floor, allowing the bar to spill over onto the mosaic-tiled terrace outside.
Rooms & suites
The roaring twenties (known as les années folles, ‘the crazy years’ in French) and its Art Deco design are the inspiration for the entire hotel. We loved the vintage photographs on the guest floors (they reminded us of those at the Four Seasons Park Lane in London) and the painting just behind the entrance in one of the suites.
The 115 rooms and 44 suites have very different lay-outs and come in different color palettes (we saw both beige and blue versions), so it’ll be worth investigating which works best for you. We liked the warm palisander and ebony wood, but could do without the nearly full wall of mirrors behind the beds (something we see a lot these days, and if anything we’d imagine housekeeping to agree with us – those must be a nightmare to clean). In order to marry the design from a bygone era with modern amenities, flat screen TVs in the suites were nicely hidden inside dark smoke glass panels above the mantelpiece in the living room.
There is some gorgeous mosaic tile work in the bathrooms, from the gold on brown design above to the vibrant blue in the gallery. Each bathroom contained a statement piece of art above the bathtub, bringing back color elements in line with the overall room palette. Signature suites include the “Suite Or”, which features a gold-leaf mural over the headboard, and the two-story “L’Appartement Parisien”. The latter has a private terrace with Eiffel Tower view and, as those things go, an in-suite elevator for the lazy and infirm to get from level one to level two.
Prince de Galles will open on May 16. An Art Deco room with king bed, including breakfast, starts from €840 ($1,086) a night on a weekend early June.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]