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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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Before and After: Sofitel Arc de Triomphe Gets the Putman Treatment

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  Site Where: 14 rue Beaujon, Paris, France, 75008
February 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

In a time where seemingly every high-profile Paris hotel has something going on, Sofitel Arc de Triomphe decided to jump on the bandwagon and go for an all-out overhaul: rooms, public spaces, the lot. Studio Putman was brought in to move from the rather intense cornflower yellow and heavy blue to something more modern and light – check out the result below.

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Concorde Loses Half Of Its Hotels In A Year, What's Next?

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  Site Where: 108, rue Saint-Lazare, Paris, France, 75008
December 23, 2013 at 9:02 AM | by | Comment (1)

Hotel rebrandings happen – they are a fact of life in the industry, whether a result of lawsuits or some other drama, or just a desired change in direction or repositioning. The difference for guests can be substantial if major renovation is involved, and sometimes it is simply a case of one name on the door coming down and another going up.

We’re not entirely sure though what to call it when a hotel group loses half of its portfolio in the span of a single year, which seems to be the case for Concorde Hotels. Earlier this year, Hyatt swooped in and took over the management of four of its hotels (two in Paris, two on the French Riviera), newcomer The Set will be closing the Lutetia soon for yet another full-on French palace hotel renovation, and now Hilton is taking over Concorde Paris Opéra and Sofitel the Concorde Berlin. Seven hotels in twelve months is quite the stampede for the door marked “exit,” is all we’re saying.

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Twenties Glamour Reigns At Prince de Galles Paris

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  Site Where: 33, Avenue George V, Paris, France, 75008
December 12, 2013 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

That Prince de Galles, Starwood’s Luxury Collection entry in the Parisian palace bracket, was going full Art Deco in its design to pay homage to its 1920s roots, we knew from our preview earlier this year.

Back then, the finishing touches were still being done, so we wandered down ultra-chic Avenue George V during a recent stop in Paris to check out the final result. If the Twenties are your era and Art Deco is your style, Prince de Galles should be high on your list of places to stay in the city. From the ever so stylish black-and-white prints that line the walls and luscious black marble floor in the lobby to the moodily-lit bar and mosaic-tiled courtyard, Twenties glamour is what it’s all about.

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Le Royal Monceau in Paris Rolls Out New Program for Chic Kids

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  Site Where: 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris, France, 75008
July 17, 2013 at 2:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

No pressure, kid, but this better taste good.

Parisians: aren’t they just so chic? The thought of them makes us want to fly over there right now in the hope of some of that je ne sais quoi rubbing off. Now, thanks to Le Royal Monceau, our kids stand a chance of getting polished up as well.

The Raffles property, which, incidentally, has just received ‘palace’ status, is rolling out a new children’s program, adorably named Le Petit Royal.

The program includes a big line-up of art workshops held during Saturday brunch at the hotel’s Michelin-starred La Cuisine -- and we just love the idea of the kids creating masterpieces while we take our time over a spectacular brunch. The workshops, led in French and English by professional artists, are timed to coincide with current exhibitions in the city. The first workshop on September 28th, for example, will look at the work of cubist Georges Braque as a major retrospective of his work opens at the Grand Palais, while the November 30th class focuses on Pablo Picasso just as the Picasso Museum reopens after two years of renovations.

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Plaza Athénée Paris To Close, Expand, and Auction Off Furniture & Art

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  Site Where: 25, Avenue Montaigne, Paris, France, 75008
July 16, 2013 at 9:02 AM | by | Comments (0)

Plaza Athénée Paris may have celebrated its 100th anniversary earlier this year (April 20, to be exact), but specialty cocktails, a 10-metre anniversary cake, and 100 trees at Versailles aren’t going to be the only things marking the hotel’s centennial. On October 1, the hotel will close its doors for a partial renovation, which will expand its footprint into three surrounding buildings, adding six new guest rooms, eight suites, a ballroom, and two event spaces.

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Plaza Athénée Paris Kicks Off Its Second Century With a Bang

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  Site Where: 25, Avenue Montaigne, Paris, France, 75008
April 19, 2013 at 9:07 AM | by | Comments (0)

Tomorrow, April 20, is a big day for Plaza Athénée Paris, when it will be one hundred years ago it first opened its doors on that same day in 1913. A major party is set to take place in the hotel’s courtyard, with over 600 guests expected, who among other things will be able to snack on a 10-meter anniversary cake.

Don’t be disappointed though if your invite got lost in the mail, as there are various ways throughout the year to join in on the fun, including a dedicated celebratory cocktail “Harcourt Baccarat”. Naturally, we had to venture over to the hotel and try this baby out.

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Starwood Goes Art Deco With Parisian Palace Prince de Galles

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  Site Where: 33, Avenue George V, Paris, France, 75008
April 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

As we recently mentioned, we had the opportunity to step inside the Prince de Galles hotel during our time in Paris and see what Starwood has been cooking up over the course of two long years of renovation and restoration.

Pierre-Yves Rochon oversaw the redesign of the hotel’s lobby and guest rooms & suites, while Bruno Borrione created the restaurant and the bar. Both were on hand to walk us through the various spaces and explain the thinking behind their work. Here are some of the impressions we walked away with.

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Paris. Pierre-Yves Rochon. Prince de Galles. Pre-Opening. Preview.

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  Site Where: 33 Avenue George V, Paris, France, 75008
March 29, 2013 at 10:01 AM | by | Comment (1)

Thankfully after the Biebs (and his Beliebers) had moved on to wreak havoc elsewhere, did we arrive in Paris earlier this week, where we had a chance to preview the soon-to-open Prince de Galles hotel.

Starwood’s entry into the highly competitive Parisian palace hotel market, the Prince de Galles is part of its Luxury Collection, and one of a number of their historic European hotels that's been on the receiving end of many a million for restoration and renovation the last few years.

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David Beckham Will Call Paris' Hotel Le Bristol Home

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  Site Where: 112, rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris , France, 75008
February 19, 2013 at 9:28 AM | by | Comments (0)

It's not so bad being the world's most famous soccer star/underwear model/husband- of-a-Spice Girl now, is it? You get to travel around the world wearing thousand-dollar suits, dine at gourmet restaurants, and stay at the top hotels. Well, this week, David Beckham made our lives seem even smaller and more insignificant when he checked into the Hotel Le Bristol Paris.

Not for a long weekend, not for a few weeks, but for five months.

Hello Magazine reports that during Becks' half-year contract with the Paris Saint- Germain football club, he'll be living it up at the hotel's Imperial Suite, which goes for, oh, around EUR 17,000 ($22,700) a night. NBD.

The suite's got it all, of course. A 12-seat dining room overlooking the garden, a living room with Taillardat furniture, a pink Aurora marble bathroom with floor-to-ceiling windows, and two bedrooms, each upholstered in Canovas fabrics and decorated with flower bouquets bigger than your car.

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Guess Who Snagged Nobu Matsuhisa Until The End Of The Year?

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  Site Where: 37 Avenue Hoche, Paris, France, 75008
November 15, 2012 at 6:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

Well, the illustrious Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa and his team of master sushi-makers have decided to winter in Paris, and what a home they’ve chosen: Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris located in the tony 8th arrondissement. The 149-room luxe hotel re-opened in October 2010 after a complete design reno orchestrated by Philippe Starck.

If you too, are wintering in Paris, now would be the time to check out why Nobu is famous around this great big globe of ours. His restaurants can be found in 16 cities, from Vegas to Hong Kong.

Each evening for the next two months, lucky diners at Raffles' La Cuisine restaurant will be able to try some of his inventive dishes that combine Japanese with South American influences. You can choose to eat à la carte or you can grab the chance to experience ‘Omakase’ -- the traditional Chef’s Choice tasting menu. Seven dishes are served for the whole table, including black cod with miso and yuzu, tuna sashimi salad, and a whisky cappuccino dessert, for €150 ($192) per person.

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Au Revoir! The Ritz Paris Has Officially Closed

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  Site Where: 15 Place Vendome, Paris, France, 75008
August 2, 2012 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Yes, even the Hemingway Bar is closing at The Ritz.

The day has finally come--The Ritz Paris has closed its gilded doors. The legendary luxury hotel, which first opened in 1898, has closed for two years for a massive renovation project. Here's the letter the general manager sent out to guests (and anyone who's ever subscribed to their newsletter):

The legendary Ritz Paris has closed its doors to embark on a two-year restoration program.

Rooms, suites, restaurants and bars, the spa and the famous Ritz Escoffier cooking school will all be carefully restored and recreated under the direction of the internationally renowned interior designer Thierry W. Despont.

We will ensure that the charm and personality of the Ritz Paris is kept alive and that we continue to satisfy even the most discerning travelers.

We certainly hope that you will follow our progress on www.ritzparis.com or through our social media channels.

All of us at the Ritz Paris are looking forward with great anticipation to welcoming you back in 2014 for the reopening of your home in Paris.

Sincerely,

Christian A. Boyens, General Manager
Frank J. Klein, President

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