Five suites will have their own rooftop garden, one of them spied here from across the courtyard on the publicly accessible terrace of restaurant l’Oiseau Blanc, named after the French biplane that disappeared during its attempt at the first transatlantic crossing in 1927. Those suites aren’t available in the reservation system quite yet, but since a Premier Suite already runs at €3,400 ($4,655) a night, we’ll assume the largest suites break through the five figures barrier.
We saw both a Premier Room and a Deluxe Suite, the former (above) feeling more like a Junior Suite with small sitting area and hallway with a bathroom and dressing area larger than most Parisian hotel rooms. Creams and greys dominate in the Art Deco-influenced design, with the two panels you see in the wooden frame giving you the ability to hide the flat screen TV. The Deluxe Suite was the size of and organized as a small apartment, with over 900 sq ft (85 sq m) of space.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink and see the old and the new come together at the same time: from the 1908 façade and very 21st century steel-and-glass canopy on Kléber Terrace to the marble columns and fibre-optic display at the entrance to Cantonese restaurant LiLi.
Several floors were excavated underneath the hotel to make room for a spa with fitness center and swimming pool, as well as a dedicated parking garage.
A number of hotel cars are available, from Mini Clubmans that are complimentary for up to three hours for suite guests to a classic Rolls-Royce Phantom III, which despite its perfectly-restored vintage interior boasts usb-ports and a classic telephone (visible on the right) that makes very modern-day VOIP phone calls.
If you’re even remotely interested in hotels, architecture, or history (the Paris Peace Accords, ending the Vietnam War, were signed here in 1973, and George Gershwin wrote “An American in Paris” in the hotel in 1928), or just want to look at a lot of pretty things, we’d suggest making The Peninsula a stop during your next visit to Paris, regardless of whether you stay the night.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]