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What You Should Be Sipping On This Summer at Hotel Fouquet's Barrière

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  Site Where: 46 avenue George , Paris, France, 75008
June 5, 2014 at 4:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer in Paris. Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? Well if your travels take you there, make a pit stop at the outdoor terrace at Le Lucien Bar at Fouquet's Barrière and order the Bombay Fouquet’s cocktail.

And here's why: For the (rather expensive) price of 27 EUR ($36) for a cocktail you're also getting a taste of the true Parisian luxury lifestyle without going the distance and spending the (very expensive) price of 690 Euros ($940) for a room. And there's no time limit. We sipped on that cocktail and munched on the addictive cashews with fresh truffles for a good two hours before we decided to get up and go about our day.

But back to the fancy pants drink itself. Concocted by head bartender Stéphane Ginouvès, voted France’s Best Barman in 2011, the cocktail consists of Bombay Sapphire gin, Martini Bianco, fresh lemon juice, raspberry puree, passion fruit juice and for that French “je ne sais quoi” kick: fresh basil. It was juicy and refreshing, rosy-hued and frothy, and just screamed summer.

Recipe below!

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Harry Benson's Photos of The Beatles to (Briefly) Return to The George V Hotel in Paris

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  Site Where: 31 Avenue George V, Paris, France, 75008
June 3, 2014 at 9:09 AM | by | Comments (0)

We've long known that the Four Seasons, George V Hotel in Paris has hosted many distinguished celebrities over the years (and some reality stars too) but did you know about their Beatles connection?

It turns out, The Beatles made the George V their home base when they were in Paris in 1964. A piano was actually installed in one of the suites and this is where John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote, "I Feel Fine." (This story we knew, the hotel we did not.) That moment was captured by photographer Harry Benson.

Benson also encouraged the lads to have a pillow fight in the room and his pictures of the Fab Four in 1964 are now iconic shots of the boys in their Beatlemania days. Another fun fact? The negatives of these photos were developed in the hotel's bathtub.

Now, the George V is planning to host a brief exhibit of Benson's Beatles photos in their lobby and in front of Le Bar from June 15-June 30. The exhibit will be run by hotel's in-house artistic director, Jeff Leatham.

And (very) lucky for us, Harry Benson himself has answered a few of our questions about his time at the hotel with The Beatles. (Excuse us, while we scream like a teenage girl again and again and again.)

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citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle Is Having Test Sleeps Next Week

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  Site Where: 7 rue de Rome , Tremblay-en-France, France, 93290
May 29, 2014 at 3:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we spied it from the back of a taxi in March, citizenM Paris seemed pretty much ready for its 2014 opening, and now it is: the hotel is having its free test sleeper days next week.

What are those? Very much like they did in Rotterdam before, they’re offering you a free night stay if you’re willing try out the hotel before it’s officially open. The details you can find here, and last we checked only next week Tuesday (June 3) still had availability, so hurry up if you’re interested.

The good news is that shortly after the hotel will be welcoming normal guests as well, with a room the first weekend of June going for a fairly reasonable €79 ($108) a night, which can go down to €67.15 ($91) a night if you’re a registered citizen with the group. You’ll pretty much find all the usual citizenM aspects in the hotel, from the compact rooms with super king-size beds to Vitra furniture-filled public spaces.

Now if only citizenM could delight us and bring those rates to the heart of Paris as well?

[Photo: citizenM]

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Penta Hotels Opens at Paris CDG Airport, Wants 80 Hotels by 2020

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  Site Where: 12 Allée du Verger , Roissy-en-France, France, 95700
May 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM | by | Comments (0)

It rarely happens that we come across an entire brand of hotels that we haven’t talked about before, but here we are: Penta Hotels, which has just opened a property at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport. Mostly located in a number of German cities and then the slightly left-field list of Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, Penta bills itself as a "completely new generation of hotels", where "the details that are important to you are right here" including a "pleasant ambience of sound, light, and aroma".

Sounds to us like Penta is shooting for the Millenial, along with citizenM, Qbic, Moxy, and a number of other young hotel brands. At least one of those Penta will have to compete with directly at Charles de Gaulle, with citizenM’s entry nearing completion and due to open this year.

Seeing that Penta has set up shop in a former Park Inn by Radisson, it’ll have to do some serious sprucing up to challenge citizenM’s Vitra designer furniture-filled living rooms. The "pentalounge", the "beating heart" of every Penta Hotel that is "part cool club and part hotel lobby", will arrive next year, which we assume means work will be ongoing between now and then.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce May Have Ditched Le Meurice for Fouquet’s Barrière in Paris

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  Site Where: 46, avenue George V, Paris, France, 75008
May 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

With all the brouhaha regarding the Government of Brunei’s archaic and decidedly evil new law approving stoning to death as proper punishment for being gay or having an affair, some celebs have either quietly or openly decided to boycott Dorchester Collection Hotels, which are owned by the Sultan of Brunei.

During our recent stay at Hotel Fouquet’s Barrière in Paris we were interested to hear that the last celebs to stay at the hotel were none other than Jay-Z and Beyoncé, formerly fans of The Dorchester Collection’s Le Meurice Hotel.

In fact, the couple is such fans of the food at the hotel’s restaurant, La Petite Maison de Nicole, we hear they have it delivered to wherever they are in the city.

Fouquet’s Barrière’s past is directly tied to the music and film industry. In 1898 Fouquet’s restaurant opened at the corner of the Champs-Elysées and Avenue George V (where it still is today). When the very first theaters opened in Paris in the 1930s, Fouquet’s was close by and became the go-to place for socializing for both the dealmakers and stars of the shows. Here contracts were signed, cast parties were held and films were premiered.

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Confessions of a Hotel Bartender, Vol. 5: Ritz Paris & Connaught London

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  Site Where: Carlos Place, London, United Kingdom, W1K 2AL
April 11, 2014 at 9:47 AM | by | Comments (0)

What happens when two famous hotel bartenders spend a week mixing cocktails in the same bar? In the case of Agostino Perrone, director of mixology at the Connaught London, and Colin Field, head bartender of the Ritz Paris, it’s a bringing together of styles, a list of delicious drinks as a result, and lucky for us, double the Confessions of a Hotel Bartender.

We stopped by the buzzing Connaught Bar to hear about Colin’s week-long residence in London and learned more about cocktails in an evening than we had in our entire lives, from molecular mixology being dead (in case you didn’t know already), to the story of an old Italian liqueur called ‘the Witch’, and of course, the perennial hangover-cure conundrum.

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Ritz Paris' Hemingway Bar Will Be at the Connaught London Next Week

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  Site Where: Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, United Kingdom, W1K 2AL
April 2, 2014 at 9:06 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you haven’t caught Colin Field, head bartender of Hemingway at Hotel Ritz Paris, at 30,000 feet on Air France, next week you will have the chance to drink his cocktails at lower altitude. Much lower in fact, as he will be setting up at the Bar in the Connaught London, during a week-long residence from April 7 to April 13.

Colin will be joining Agostino Perrone, director of mixology for the Connaught Bar, to create a special drinks menu that brings together their individual styles.

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Peninsula Releases New Website and Lots More on Paris

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  Site Where: 19, Avenue Kléber, Paris, France, 75116
March 31, 2014 at 9:01 AM | by | Comments (0)

Earlier this month, we finally got our hands on a first guestroom image at the upcoming Peninsula Paris, having walked down Avenue Kléber many a time to see how the hotel was coming along from the outside.

The August 1 opening is still a little while away, but it looks like Peninsula is treating us to a whole range of additional imagery to pore over with the release of its new website. A video shows glimpses of craftsmen working on the restoration of the Beaux Arts building and shots of what the finished product will look like, including the glamorous – and almost spare – entrance lobby above.

The chandelier is a hand-blown Lasvit made of crystal ‘leaves’, referencing the trees lining the Avenue outside. We’re intrigued by the artwork underneath (it’s a stone installation from Bhutan), which looks to have a reflecting surface. From renderings of the restaurants and suites to rooftop views in the video, we patiently collected a few more impressions for you below.

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Hotel Lutetia Is Next for Closure in Paris on April 14

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  Site Where: 45, boulevard Raspail , Paris, France, 75006
March 26, 2014 at 8:32 AM | by | Comments (0)

The procession of Parisian luxury hotels on their way to closure for a full revamp is not unlike the parade of models swooshing past a front-row seat during the city's famous fashion week, soon to loop back in a brand new outfit: there was Prince de Galles (now open again, dressed in full Twenties Art Deco), the Ritz (still closed, but harboring the home of Madame Coco), the Crillon (still closed too, but with Lagerfeld involved), the Plaza Athénée (due to return in June), and now it is time for Hotel Lutetia to do the same.

The hotel, unlike all others above located on the city’s Left Bank, will close its doors on April 14. They will stay that way for at least a year, during which time it will be transformed to become part of The Set Hotels. It will be the third hotel for the group, joining London’s Café Royal and Amsterdam’s Conservatorium.

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The Best Room to Book at The Pullman Montparnasse in Paris

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  Site Where: 19 Rue de Commandant René Mouchotte, Paris, France, 75014
March 25, 2014 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Pullman Montparnasse, formerly a Le Meridien, is in an interesting little neighborhood in Paris' 14th arrondissement. Anchored by the Tour Montparnasse (essentially, a sky scraper) and the Gare Montparnasse (train station), the area lacks some of the gorgeous architecture of central Paris but the hotel's location on Rue de Commandant René Mouchotte puts it near the shops and boutiques of Saint-Germain-des-Prés with a Metro stop closeby and a taxi stop out front.

We liked the neighborhood for its non-touristy feel, even though the hotel itself caters to business travelers, thanks to the Pullman conference center next door and the SNCF headquarters across the street. Still we felt more like we were just amongst local Parisians doing their everyday thing.

But the area is not entirely devoid of history or landmarks. Tucked behind the 25-story hotel is the Montparnasse Cemetery, where many intellectuals and artists are buried such as Claude Baudelaire, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Paul Sartre, Susan Sontag and even Kiki, the Queen of Montparnasse. And several of the cafes and restaurants in Montparnasse which were patronized by American expats/writers/artists in the 1920s are still operating today.

While it's not across from the Jardin des Tuileries or the Eiffel Tower, it's a different side of Paris to see, especially if you've been to Paris a few times before. So, if you do decide to stay here, what's the best room to book?

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Funky Friday: No Diamond Pendant is Too Big for La Maison Champs Elysees

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  Site Where: 8 Rue Jean Goujon, Paris, France, 75008
March 21, 2014 at 4:37 PM | by | Comments (0)

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

Have you noticed that when a fashion designer takes on the role of hotel designer, you really don’t know exactly what you’re gonna get? Once the initial hotel of a fashion house opens, we can then look for signature details or some visibly explainable transition from, say, a three-piece suit to a three-room suite.

Judging from the first hotel fully decorated by Belgian designer Martin Margiela, La Maison Champs Elysees Paris, we’re guessing that there won't be another quite like this one. Not even by Margiela himself.

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Sipping on The Pullman Cocktail in Paris

Where: Paris, France
March 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

When in Paris, it's hard to say no to champagne and Chablis at every meal but while dining at the Cafe Atlantic restaurant at Pullman Hotel Montparnasse we had to resist the bubbly and fine wine to try the hotel brand's signature drink instead. As if we're going to pass up a cocktail named after and inspired by a hotel brand! (Unless it has gin. This editor doesn't do gin.)

The Pullman Cocktail is made with vodka, Midori, lychee liqueur, pineapple juice and sweet and sour. As you can tell, it's a fruity drink that probably would taste better on a hot day, perhaps in one of Pullman's more tropical locales but nevertheless, it's tasty. Whether it's worth 18 Euros is another matter. (Parisian prices!)

If you do want to switch to wine after the Pullman cocktail, the hotel (like all other Pullman Hotels) boasts a specially curated Vinoteca by Pullman wine list created by award-winning sommelier Olivier Poussier with much more reasonable prices. Here's a snapshot of some of the wines listed. And yes, all diners get to peruse an iPad instead of a traditional paper menu before ordering. Just another way Pullman is integrating technology into the hotel experience.

Stay tuned for a look at the renovated rooms and public spaces of the Pullman Paris Montparnasse next week!

[Photos: HotelChatter]