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Hotel Highlights

  • Patisseries by Pierre Hermé, the pastry chef in residence
  • Paris’ biggest spa, with Clarins products blended for your skin
  • Guitars in every room, soundproofed walls and a mobile recording studio


Philippe Starck’s fantasy-world interpretation of Paris' 1920s heyday takes center stage at Le Royal Monceau hotel, a heady combination of art, decadence and whimsy off the Champs-Elysées. The on-site gallery and art concierge tell you this is no ordinary lodging, but when you check out the dining room – with five different types of artisanal salt on the tables – you’ll know you’re in the hands of an artistic genius at his peak.

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Here's what you get for booking Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris with us:

A daily American breakfast; GoldSmith members will also get an tour of the hotel’s gallery with the art concierge (book in advance) and, if they book a Junior Suite or above for a three-night stay or more, a one-way transfer


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Need To Know


149, including 64 suites.


12 noon, but flexible if there’s availability (the price will depend on how late you leave). Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $687.08 (€618), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.40 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Breakfast is extra (€44 for Continental, €58 for American). City tax of €4.40 a day will be charged at check-out.


Small pets are allowed. There are rooms suited to wheelchair users.

At the hotel

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.

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.


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.

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.


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.


Cribs for under-2s are free; extra beds can be added for over-12s for €90 a night (free for under-12s). A local nanny can be hired for a minimum of three hours; the rate is €30 an hour, plus €20 for food and the cab fare home after 10pm.

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Food and drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Nobu Matsuhisa, the chef behind a fleet of self-titled megastar eateries, has taken residence at Raffles at the Matsuhisa Paris at Le Royal Monceau. Sushi still takes a starring role in the eight-course tasting menu; favourites such as fatty-tuna sashimi and miso-glazed black cod are present and correct, alongside truffle-spiked tofu sliders, unagi (eel) with foie gras and Nobu-style fish and chips. An open kitchen lets guests interact with chefs and pastries remain the preserve of renowned sweet tooth Pierre Hermé. The restaurant also serves a weekend brunch menu (12.30pm–3.30pm, €89 a person on Saturdays; 12 noon–3.30pm, €120 a person on Sundays), 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 – a 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.

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. Potent sakes (Daiginjo Yurayura, Sake Rock, imported Sake Hokusetsu), champagne and Asian fusion cocktails liven up the drinks list at Matsuhisa Paris at Le Royal Monceau.

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 (7.30pm Mon–Weds). Le Grand Salon serves 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.

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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.

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

The Champs Elysées is around the corner, but the hotel satisfies the needs of shoppers in-house: Le Royal Eclaireur, its own fashion boutique, stocks high-end fashion, vintage furniture and art. Pop into Musée Cernuschi on Avenue Velasquez to see Henri Cernuschi’s impressive collection of Asian artworks (+33 01 53 96 21 50;

Local restaurants

Sweep up the stone staircase to enter the stylish dining room of MiniPalais on Avenue Winston Churchill – this restaurant, bar and lounge serves the likes of escargot and tomato gratin, burrata with Parma ham and foie gras burgers (+33 01 42 56 42 42; Over the river, La Société on Place Saint-Germain is a glamorous but relaxed brasserie that’s open all day (+33 01 53 63 60 60;

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Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

37 Avenue Hoche, 75008, Paris, France, France

Le Royal Monceau is steps from the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe and the park with the same name, on smart Avenue Hoche.


Charles de Gaulle is the nearest airport, 30 kilometres away.


The Eurostar’s point of entry, the Gare du Nord, is five kilometres from Le Royal Monceau.


Driving in Paris can be a little frenzied, to say the least, but if you do arrive by car, parking at the hotel costs €40 a night. Main roads to the south serving the city are the A5 and A6; from the west, take the A4.


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Anonymous review

by , Great British artist

Rating: 10/10 stars
With my wife-to-be Deborah, I left behind the wintry maelstrom of the Hackney creative scene, feeling cold and dank. As we torpedoed along on the Eurostar, the first stage of the journey was poetically enchanting, with the golden sun setting on open bonfires and castles marooned in the flat industrial wastelands of Northern France. As our train skated towards Paris through arctic fog and blizzard…
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Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

Anonymous review by Gavin Turk, Great British artist

With my wife-to-be Deborah, I left behind the wintry maelstrom of the Hackney creative scene, feeling cold and dank. As we torpedoed along on the Eurostar, the first stage of the journey was poetically enchanting, with the golden sun setting on open bonfires and castles marooned in the flat industrial wastelands of Northern France.

As our train skated towards Paris through arctic fog and blizzards, it was as though we were being transported through the wardrobe into Narnia. Arriving at the Gare du Nord, we were whisked through the snowy streets of Paris to the grand avenues of the 8th arrondissement, pulling up in front of the glowing lights and smiling uniforms of our weekend retreat: Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris. Here, the Narnia metaphor morphed into Alice in Wonderland as we entered Philippe Starck’s fantasy-world interpretation of Paris' 1920s heyday.

I remember now that I was invited to a Demolition Party at this very hotel a few years ago. The renovation has been brutal and brave: the faded grandeur of this landmark palace (which, since 1928, has hosted characters from Walt Disney and Ernest Hemingway to Maurice Chevalier and Madonna), was ceremonially and joyously ripped apart, with Starck and his team moving in the very next day to perform his rabbit-hole transformation.

The ghosts of the great and the good occupy these hallways a Louboutin heel-click from the Champs Elysées, captured for posterity by the many, many mirrors. And, if the reflective surfaces of chrome, glass and stainless steel discombobulate you, the baroque armchairs and a wall of mussel shells bring you back to down to earth.

Art deco and postmodern references confirm Philippe Starck is a design aficionado on overdrive: here he takes Coco Chanel Through the Looking Glass to meet the surreal and trippy characters of the dream world. From the public parts to the private, this hypnotic journey through the imagination continues – the humour and playfulness of Starck's studio comes out in boldly striped corridors, eccentrically laid carpet in the lift and the odd moment of rustic charm cast in silicon and aluminium.

The artistry never abates, with enamel painted doodles like permanent marker on the staircase mirror panels, the tangled forest carpet and a life-size carved-wood moose herd in the basement. I confess my artist’s sensibility was at times perturbed by the ‘hang’ of the works in the hotel – crammed full of art as well as artifice – which has an effect of reducing art to decoration. The Simon Chaput waterfall images gracing our suite were over-large, barely framed, resting on the floor and nonchalantly tucked behind the armchairs, almost as if the cleaner had moved them out of the way.

The hotel suites are as gorgeously luxurious as we could have hoped for though, with endless digital lighting moods to play with. It was rather a challenge to one’s existential self: with Mrs Smith’s holiday reading (fittingly) being Simone de Beauvoir’s memoirs, it left us feeling slightly like paranoid goldfish. The bathrooms have a uniquely lavish hall-of-mirrors opulence that reflects guests in infinite dimensions; a giant mirror at the end of the deliciously comfortable bed-island slightly disturbingly reveals itself to be two-way glass with a huge TV screen hidden behind it.

Eccentric and interesting photographs are hung liberally throughout the hotel – we counted more than 120 in La Cuisine alone – apparently collected by the Starck team from auction houses and thrift shops. Reframing them in brushed steel and dotting them erratically in verticals across the walls, and some precariously behind chairs, didn’t seem to do them justice. The special commission by Stéphane Calais – Un Jardin à la Française – works more eloquently in the dining room, bringing a joyous energy to the roof.

Our dinner in La Cuisine exceeded expectations even for the fanciest French fine dining. A crab starter came served in a small glass spaceship with a miniature garden around it. The knife choice we were given before the main course was a whole new learning experience. The waiter helped us out: ‘The Porsche – that’s all about design,’ he told us. Deborah went for the Japanese ninja knife and I went for the classic French Perceval 9.47. This, along with five choices of salt, made being able to watch the millefeuille being made in real time merely icing on the cake. And we don’t even have time left to tell you about the thrills the cheese course brought with it…

After a day of gallery meetings, and visiting special exhibitions in Paris, this Mr and Mrs Smith felt properly cultured, and ready to be spoilt back in the Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris spa, which we had heard was unmissable. Sure enough, the attention to detail – from bronze cast twig handles on the sauna to the baroque mirrors that backdrop the 28-metre turquoise swimming pool – was mesmerising.

I recall a saying among graphic designers that a piece of text should never use more than two fonts. Pah. If Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris is a love letter penned by Philippe Starck, he’s masterfully used a dozen – and it was a wonderfully heady and quixotic experience for us both.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members have to say about Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris in the Guestbook below…


Stayed on

We loved

The standard of all fittings was amazing, the service excellent, the decor as hip as it gets, and the pool fantastic.

Don’t expect

The restaurant is very 'nouveau' - tiny mouthfuls, served at a more than leisurely pace (our meal took 3 hours ). Don't go if you are hungry, have a sandwich before.

Rating: 8/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

I loved everything, particularly the spa, rooms and staff.

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

I loved the luxurious bedrooms, and courteous staff. I cannot fault this hotel, and the restaurant was superb: the food was presented beautifully, and tasted great.


Don’t expect

We were served courses quite quickly, but waited ages for the bill – this is a minor complaint.

Rating: 10/10 stars