June 2, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
What could be better than a summer in Paris? Sipping aperitifs at sidewalk cafes, shopping in the Marais, checking out the excellent new exhibits at the city's world famous museums... Best of all: The Ritz Paris is spoiling guests with a special treat when they book a two-night stay. You'll get a complimentary "museums pass" to visit as many museums as you like. And for the fashionistas: The Ritz Paris is collaborating with Galeries Lafayette (the landmark department store) to offer you a 10% discount on all your purchases, plus VIP services (like a bellboy who'll carry all your shopping bags back to the hotel). You'll also enjoy High Tea with scones and tasty treats for the ultimate pick-me-up after a day of sightseeing or shopping. Rates for the "Summer in Paris" offer start from 660 euros per night for two in a Superior Double room with Continental breakfast, the two-day "museums pass," Galeries Lafayette privilege card, and High Tea. Available July 15- September 15, 2011. News: The luxury hotel on the Place Vendôme recently opened its Terrasse Bar for the season, a wonderful spot for al fresco cocktails and conversation.
May 16, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Looking for digs in the Marais for your next Paris jaunt? The Pavillon de la Reine is the only luxury hotel of its kind in this trendy neighborhood, tucked away off the Place des Vosges. With a recent makeover by interior designer Didier Benderli, a protégé of Jacques Garcia, the intimate hotel combines a contemporary style with beautiful historic touches. (It's a firm favorite of rock stars and fashion designers. Celeb sightings guaranteed.) The hotel recently unveiled a Saturday nail salon in its library, and now they're offering a special summer package for guests looking to brush up on their French during their Parisian sojourn. The "Learn How to Speak French" package includes breakfast, 20 minutes of French instruction daily, and a French-English dictionary, with rates starting at 350 euros per night.
May 2, 2011
By: Five Star Alliance
If you're looking for a very Parisian atmosphere, discover Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris. Re-opened in October 2010, after a two year transformation, Le Royal Monceau has created a new style of palace.
Located between the Arc de Triomphe and the Parc Monceau and few steps away from the Champs Elysées, the hotel, entirely renovated by Philippe Starck, is the perfect place to experience the rich and vibrant atmosphere of Paris.
Art and culture are predominant in the hotel: "La Librairie des Arts" - the hotel's bookstore with a large selection of 700 different types of contemporary art, design and architecture books, "Art District" - the art gallery, "Le Cinéma des Lumières" - the screening room and the photography collection displayed in the rooms and the public areas. In addition to all this, Le Royal Monceau is a pioneer in the domain of the arts offering a unique service of an art concierge.
With its 149 rooms, suites and apartments, Le Royal Monceau has the largest number of suites and apartments in the City of Light. Inspired by the 1940's and 1950's, the atmosphere reflects the ambiance of a friend’s home with original furniture and an acoustic guitar.
Experiencing Le Royal Monceau is also discovering the two restaurants run by the executive chef Laurent André. The French restaurant “La Cuisine”is an expansive and elegant dining room while Il Carpaccio serves fine Italian cuisine. Pastries and desserts throughout the hotel are created by the renowned "Picasso of pastry" Pierre Hermé. "Le Grand Salon," the beating heart of the hotel, serves all day dining and is the ideal location to meet for business or pleasure. In the evening, "Le Bar Long" awaits guests around the luminous table d'hôtes which create a friendly interaction between the guests. This effervescent bar and its cocktails reflect the sparkle of Parisian society parties from the 1930’s.
April 25, 2011
By: Mary Winston Nicklin
Word in Paris is that Beyonce is in town to record a new song with Kanye West. She's been seen hanging out at the trendy Hotel Costes, and rumors have swirled about which of the city's gorgeous hotels she's been using as a crash pad. Would it be the Hotel Ritz Paris? (We're fans of the cooking school.) Le Royal Monceau? (Fresh from a dramatic makeover by designer Philippe Starck.) The Hôtel Plaza Athénée? (Home to a stellar restaurant by Alain Ducasse). The answer: D) None of the above. Beyonce and Jay-Z have splashed out with the penthouse suite at Le Meurice overlooking the springtime loveliness of the Tuileries Gardens. We hear it goes for $20,000 a night and is equipped with a private kitchen and a sprawling open-air terrace- the better for soaking up the views over the City of Light. HotelChatter reports that "Le Meurice is one of Beyonce's faves, and it seems to be the hotel of choice for other hip-hop elite, with such fans as Eminem and Kanye West." Beyonce snagged another suite to use as a studio. Not too shabby.