Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
- Style Where the art is
- Setting Upscale Avenue Hoche
Starck-designed Le Royal Monceau hotel, a Raffles outpost in Paris, knows a thing or two about art: it’s got a gallery, art-book shop and a dedicated art concierge, as well as a decadent, modern decor: exposed brickwork, plush carpets and iron railings.
Need to know
- Rooms 149, including 64 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $876.09 (€636), excluding tax at 7 per cent.
- More details Breakfast is extra (€41 for Continental, €53 for American).
- Facilities Spa, gardens, screening room, cigar bar, gym, library of books, CDs and DVDs, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, CD/DVD player and a bespoke guitar.
- Poolside The spa is home to the city’s biggest indoor pool (23m long), with mirrors covering one wall and a soothing shade of white everywhere else.
- Check–out Noon, but flexible if there’s availability (the price will depend on how late you leave). Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Children Cots for babies are free; extra beds can be added for over-12s for €90 a night. A local nanny can be hired for a minimum of three hours; the rate is €15 an hour, plus the cab fare home after 10pm.
- Also Small pets are allowed. There are rooms suited to wheelchair users.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Expect the same plush, duvet-like carpet, individual artworks and enormous beds in each, but we’re big fans of the Executive Rooms – you get a separate seating area, extra TV and a huge, mirrored dressing room for your money. If you’re feeling loose of wallet, book the two-bedroom Ray Charles Lifestyle Suite and see the Eiffel Tower from the toilet of this seventh-floor suite.
- Packing tips Your personal collection of rare cigars to puff on in La Fumée Rouge, the hotel’s cigar bar; sheet music to strum on your in-room guitar.
- Also The all-white, Starck-designed spa is the city’s biggest, and has a hammam, laconium room and sauna. One of the 12 ‘beauty coaches’ blends Clarins products for your skin on the spot.
Food and drink at Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
- Hotel restaurant The elegant Michelin-star toting La Cuisine, where breakfast is served, has an open kitchen running its width and a Modern French menu: pan-sautéed beef fillet from Normandy, marinated black cod with ginger and lemon, and veal rump with chanterelle mushrooms, as well as pastries from Pierre Hermé. The restaurant also serves a Sunday brunch menu and when the weather's warm there's a sun-dappled terrace where lunch, dinner and brunch are served. Things get gastro at Il Carpaccio – another Michelin-star holder – the Italian restaurant with Sicilian baroque decor in a conservatory overlooking the garden (closed Sundays and Mondays). The menu has delightfully frou-frou fare, including ox cheek braised in wine, cinnamon and aniseed, and pan-sautéed Mediterranean tuna with Sicilian caponata. Casual all-day dining is on offer at Le Grand Salon, just off the lobby.
- Dress code Yves, Christian or Coco – do the locals justice.
- Top table For lunch, nab a table for two by the French doors of Le Grand Salon – the garden’s a sun trap. Get the most privacy and a view of the grounds by choosing the table at the furthest end of Il Carpaccio’s conservatory.
- Last orders Breakfast is served between 7am and 10.30am; lunch is 12.30pm until 2.30pm, except in Il Carpaccio, when it’s noon to 2pm; dinner is 7pm to 10.30pm. Le Grand Salon will feed you any time between 10.30am and 11pm. The bar is open from 5pm until 2am.
- Room service A selection of meals and snacks are available 24 hours a day.
- Hotel bar Le Bar Long is on a raised platform at the end of Le Grand Salon. Pick one of the champagne cocktails and mingle – it’s designed to capture the essence of an old-school Parisian salon.