Of course, before we could set out on the town, we had to parse through Paris’ myriad options for an appropriate place to rest our heads at the end of each exploratory day.
Check In: Choosing a Paris Hotel
Grand Luxe: Le Royal Monceau
The great palace hotels of Paris are legendary temples of style and indulgence, and each has its own distinctive character—the art lies in finding the one that matches yours. I prefer discrete side streets over grand avenues, I have a weakness for contemporary flair over period details, and I love whimsy and humour over formality and etiquette. I am almost religious in my avoidance of the chain hotels, no matter how high end, but I have to confess that the grand hotel that fits me like a glove in Paris is Le Royal Monceau. Yes, it is a Raffles property, but it is utterly original, from its gorgeous rooms that feel ready to be lived in to its airy and colourful public spaces, with the inimitable wit of designer Philippe Stark working its way into every thoughtful detail.
Boutique Luxe: Le Pavillon de La Reine
The search for the perfect small luxury hotel in Paris is a Sisyphean task, for as soon as one finds the answer, 10 more potential candidates have sprung from the ground. Still, one must try, and my current candidate is Le Pavillon de La Reine. It is a veritable oasis of calm amidst the bustle of Paris, a secret ivy-clad world hidden off a discrete passage in the perfectly proportioned Place des Vosge in the Marais. The magnificent 17th-century residence rises up over a manicured garden courtyard, while indoors the earthy palette and lush fabrics create an atmosphere of hushed elegance. The library bar is the perfect place to enjoy a drink at the end of the day, the newly launched spa offers every kind of pampering, and the contemporary rooms are a welcome refuge in the evening.
With our accommodations laid out, we were ready to descend upon the City of Lights.
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