I had not returned to Paris since a few years, often lucky enough to stay at top hotels, those traditionally known as "Palace" in this city. With the exception of Fouquet's Barriere, now I can say I know them all, and for my taste this is THE place to stay.
Not full of old things (rather than antiques), neither with an old fashioned feeling, but top notch, brand new and really trendy. Things I don't like: the layout of the Front Office felt a bit strange for a Palace, although the decoration is beautiful and the staff is fantastic. Maybe there I was expecting something more "classic". Still, as mentioned, service was totally up to standards but not on a robotic way, it all felt genuine and personal, and I like that. This is something some other luxury places don't get. Here I felt well treated and also "in Paris", without the feeling of "could have been anywhere else".
Another thing I am unsure about is the soft lighting in common areas. But again, it all looks just beautiful and perfect. I would prefer a bit more light, but surely it would ruin the experience and the looks. And my wife doesn't share my opinion, so I guess I may be wrong on this and the place is well lit.
And that's basically it, as all the rest was just amazing. It is pointless to say how good the room was, you expect it to be, and it is. Same with the bathroom, immaculate at all times. Same with the pool, just great and at a perfect temperature (how they do it, I don't know, mine at home is always too cold). We only had breakfast as, usually while in Paris, we were going to see friends to their places. Beautiful room, great products, excellent service. I loved the fact that they could remember my preference and suggest it with a smile (I've only had this service in Bangkok, so far): hot chocolate / large orange juice. Excellent chocolate, of course.
Drivers were excellent, even if our rented car could not really match the rest of the visitors, and I appreciate this as in some places it feels like you are only worth what your car is worth. But hey, that was the coolest car we could get at the airport!
We were sad to leave, but happy to have finally visited this hotel. Prices are high, of course, no doubts about it, but if you can afford it I cannot see a reason why to go to other hotels of the same level. We had doubts about the location, but in the end it was ideal and with an easy access by car.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located on the prestigious Avenue Hoche, just a few steps from the Champs-Elysees and with views of the Arc de Triomphe, Le Royal Monceau features 149 luxurious rooms and suites, a 99-seat cinema, an art gallery, an exclusive service of Art Concierge and a private art collection. The Spa My Blend by Clarins, 1,500 sqm of ethereal white paradise, offers the ultimate urban escape for complete relaxation. With the longest swimming pool in a Paris hotel, personal trainers, a wide range of yoga and Pilates classes, a hammam, watsu basin and exclusive treatment rooms, this award-winning spa takes rejuvenation to another level. From the modern Japanese cuisine of Matsuhisa to the celebration of Italian regional food in the Michelin-starred restaurant Il Carpaccio, dining at Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris’ restaurants is a truly memorable experience. The desserts, all created by pastry superstar Pierre Herme, are the perfect finale to any meal. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris Hotel Paris
- Royal Monceau Hotel
- Royal Monceau Paris
- Hotel Royal Monceau