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At Last, We Have Images of The Peninsula Paris

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  Site Where: 19 Avenue Kleber, Paris, France, 75016
March 7, 2014 at 10:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

We have been following the Peninsula Paris -- Peninsula Hotels' grand entry into Europe -- throughout its six year restoration of the former Hotel Majestic, a 1908 Beaux Arts building in the 16th arrondissement (fun fact: George Gershwin wrote part of "An American in Paris" here).

Now that its August 1st opening date draws closer, we have a peek at what some of the 200 guest rooms will look like. Spot the high-tech bedside tablet we told you about last Spring? Rooms will also feature curated artworks, elegant furniture, ambient lighting, expansive luggage and wardrobe space and a valet box. Marble bathrooms will have deep-soaking bathtubs, separate rain showers, double washbasins, inset televisions and toiletries by Oscar de la Renta.

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Are The Views From Shangri-La Paris As Good as They Claim To Be?

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  Site Where: 10 Avenue díIťna, Paris, Ile de France, France, 75016
May 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM | by | Comment (1)

Weíre often skeptical of hotel glamour shots given to us by hotels or presented as casual photos on a hotelís web site because they often donít reflect the reality of what youíll actually find when you get there.

Who hasnít booked a room online that seemed spacious and colorful in the photos only to find that it was a cramped broom closet in reality? So itís always a delightful surprise when we come across a hotel where the reality lives up to the hype.

We found one such property just last week while we were checking out an Eiffel Duplex Suite at the Shangri-La Paris.

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Merci Beaucoup! A Sneak Peek at the Peninsula Paris

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  Site Where: 19 Avenue Kleber, Paris, France, 75016
March 13, 2012 at 4:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

While we've been lusting all over the Peninsula Hotels of Asia recently, a reader on the ground in Europe was scoping out Peninsula's newest hotel--Peninsula Paris.

We had nearly forgotten (ok, completely forgotten) about the luxury hotel coming to the City of Light which we first heard about back in 2010. But fortunately our dedicated reader sent us some construction snapshots of the hotel which have us quite excited today. What can we say, we love a good "naked" photo.

Here's what our spy said:

Location is steps away from Place Etoile / Arc de Triomphe. Shangri-La is 15 minutes walk in one direction, Raffles Le Royal Monceau 10 minutes in the opposite direction. The size of the building is really what struck me, this will be monumental when it is finished. Should be quite stunning really. They're certainly not keeping it quiet when it comes to announcing what the building will be!

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Inside the Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan Paris

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  Site Where: 10 Place De Mexico, Paris , Ile de France , France, 75016
March 7, 2011 at 10:31 AM | by | Comments (2)

Most of our recent stories on Radisson Blu have had us all a-twitter at the thought of a new location at the Mall of America, but on a recent trip to Paris, we got the chance to stay at one of the chainís first properties we told you about, the Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan, and hereís our inside look at the rooms, including one of our signature photo galleries and video walk-throughs:

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Hotel Sezz: Designy Wonderment

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  Site Where: 6 Avenue Fremiet, Paris, France, 75016
February 20, 2006 at 9:51 AM | by | Comments (0)

Update: Gridskipper editor Chris Mohney on Hotel Sezz:

The big oddity to consider is the glass-walled bathroom. Now, for a single guest, this will make no difference, and it certainly opens the room up. For couples, letís just say youíd better be very comfortable with each other. The sink and shower may as well be on a catwalk, and though the toilet is tucked around a corner, itís really not much more discreet. It does make the room look cool, but ultimately, the girlfriend and I decided we are not glass-bathroom people Ö certain levels of intimacy are not always rewarding.

His full review here.

Gridskipper editor Chris Mohney is currently in Paris checking out the French and checkin into Hotel Sezz.

From the Flickr photos it appears that the hotel lives up to its high design billing, but does the flat screen tv pull out so you can see it from bed? How in the world do you watch television positioned inside some sort of closet/seating/indentation thing?

Oh, wait, you don't go to Paris to watch television. Paris is for lovers.

We are sure we will here more about Hotel Sezz from Chris later this week. Stay tuned.

Related Stories:
·   Two Minutes From The Eiffel Tower [HotelChatter]
·   Hotel Sezz Reviews [TripAdvisor]

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Two Minutes From The Eiffel Tower

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  Site Where: 6 Avenue Fremiet, Paris, France, 75016
March 21, 2005 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

Bonjour. The thing about design hotels in Paris is they are always tucked away far from all the tourist attractions.

Yes, we are admitting we like to act like a tourist while in Paris. Come on admit it, we all know you want to be close to the Eiffel tower while in Paris, and we also know you don't want to always stay at the Ibis.

A new design hotel named Hotel Sezz just opened in the 16th arrondissement. The property is right next to the Eiffel tower, and it is kind of a bargain (singles from Ä250, twins and doubles from Ä300). Christophe Pillet, a Philippe Starck apprentice, is the designer, and the decor is high tech to the max.

A hammam, huge circular baths, and what could become a velvet rope bar, are all part of the Hotel Sezz experience.

So you can gawk like a tourist all day long then party like an entitled Parisien all night long.

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There's a Small Hotel

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  Site Where: 97 rue Lauriston, Paris, France, 75016
January 13, 2005 at 7:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

[Publisher's Note: Can everyone give a big HotelChatter welcome Broocie13? Wassup Broocie? She will, hopefully, be joining us regular to break down this hotel scene we are all so involved with. To start, she is writing up a couple of her most recent stays. Enjoy.]

There's a lovely standard by Rodgers and Hart called "There's a Small Hotel" and everyone from Chet Baker to Frank Sinatra has crooned it. It goes something like this:

There's a small hotel, with a wishing well
I wish that we were there together
There's a bridal suite, one room bright and neat

Complete for us to share together

At the Waldorf Trocadero in Paris's 16th arrondissement, no need for a wishing well or bridal suite. With one window opening out to the view of the Eiffel Tower (but really, where in Paris do you not see the Eiffel? Consider it the prettiest picture you could ever frame on a wall) and another into the courtyard of a Parisian apartment, it's like being caught in the middle of a lovely French life - la vie en rose, they murmur knowingly in this city. The roomy, steamy shower makes you want to forgive the boutique miniscule of European hotels.

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