There is no city on Earth that quiet compares to Paris for style. And on a recent trip there I came across a hotel that takes it to the next level. Talk about Parisienne chic, and then look to Le Royal Monceau Hotel. Lust inducing interiors and a design by France's darling designer du jour, Philippe Starck, have brought this storied hotel from a historical past in to a super contemporary present day.
Just five minutes walk from Arc De Triomphe and Champs-Elysees, Le Royal Monceau Hotel is certainly one of the most prestigious addresses (fittingly so for a Raffles hotel), providing exemplary service and hospitality to the rich and the famous (film directors, actors, models and fashionistas have well and truly 'discovered' this place!).
A grand entrance - complete with six doormen - leads one in to a sophisticated enclave, where the interiors are over the top luxe and the people are just as beautiful. The hotel has a heavy influence of art everywhere you look, and is complete with its own art gallery which attracts exhibitions by some of the world's greatest modern artists. It even has its own dedicated blog Artforbreakfast.
The rooms are outrageously fabulous, and the cost matches their high style - from 800 Euro a night, you can live the life of luxury, and you'll be doing so like a rockstar. I hear that each room has its own guitar, and there's even a portable recording studio available to guests. I couldn't afford the hefty price tag of staying the night here but, as a firm believer in dreaming large, it's been added to the upper end of my luxe-travel wishlist. And there's nothing wrong with aiming big now, is there? Le Royal Monceau Hotel is just too tres chic!