The Royal Monceau
In 2013, the historic luxury hotel was awarded with the official ministerial distinction of the palace – a step higher than five stars – thus joining an elite circle of only eight Parisian hotels to hold this highly sought after title. This award is not only about extending rooms, facilities and service standards, but also of the hotel design and its contribution to the spread of the French art of living.
After reviewing a number of criteria, the Palace Commission’s jury highlighted the unique location of the hotel – a few minutes from the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe in the 8th arrondissement – its prestigious heritage and exceptional list of Guests such as Joseph Kessel, Walt Disney, Indian Maharaja, King Farouk of Egypt, Aga Khan, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Robert of Niro, Lou Reed and Sofia Coppola – who have all stayed there.
The exceptional cuisine of its French and Italian restaurants, La Cuisine and Il Carpaccio, was also a determining factor, as was the architecture and interior design of the hotel, with its unique collection of art and a large Number of suites, of which the presidential suites are the largest in Paris, each measuring impressive 350 m².
In 2008, Le Royal Monceau received a complete two-year renovation by French designer Philippe Starck – its third hospitality project in Paris after Hôtel Le Meurice and Mama Shelter – who created colorful and contemporary interiors with sophisticated and artistic sensitivity. Recreating the dynamism of the Roaring Twenties in 1928, when the hotel was frequented by the greatest artists, intellectuals and adventurers of the time.
This same spirit continues to permeate the hotel today thanks to the collection of contemporary art displayed throughout, its Michelin starred restaurant and the gracious hospitality it offers, as it seeks to form an emotional connection with its guests – what is called “emotional luxury“. There are 149 luxurious rooms and suites with interiors carefully designed to accommodate creative, cultured and elegant guests.
Less concerned with materials, styles and trends, Starck has focused on permeating the hotel with a mind. The rooms are an eclectic combination of furniture, lighting, carpets and pieces by different designers, including Murano glass lamps, classic 1970s Milanese drawings and white stone oval tables with polished metal pedestals .
Attention to detail is evident everywhere: rather than fabric slippers in the rooms, Philippe Starck has opted for traditional French mocassins and oversized mirrors leaning against the walls that turn into televisions to the rocker of a switch. And for La Cuisine, he invited a group of contemporary artists to paint hand-painted porcelain plates exposed in large windows.
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