Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best for Foodies
- Michelin stars and celebrity sightings (bon appetit, Dustin Hoffman) in three swank bars and restaurants
- Best of the west location between the Arc de Triomphe and Parc Monceau
- The sexy, subterranean Clarins Spa and swimming pool
- Highly specialized staff services, from swimming lessons with a personal trainer to a Montparnasse gallery crawl with the art concierge
What To Know
- Breakfast is worth the splurge: Pâtissier Pierre Herme's croissants were named the best in Paris by Le Figaro
- Built in 1928, the 129-key hotel was gut-renovated by Philippe Starck in 2010
- Interiors purr “I love rock and roll,” but the 8th arrondissement surroundings are more sedate
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Cutting-edge couture – with a wink. Sultry red lanterns bring un peu d’insouciance to the Art Deco entrance. Starck scoured Parisian flea markets for the fetchingly mismatched vintage glassware stacked behind the buzzy Bar Long. After deciding on a cocktail, ask for it to be served in the Belle Epoque goblet or mid-century highball of your choosing. Cascading vintage chandeliers, exposed brick and industrial-chic sculptures accompany elegant spiral staircases leading to guestrooms, banquet halls and a high-tech private film screening room.
Bed and Bath
The 149 guestrooms and suites have buttery leather armchairs, stacks of art books, sensible executive desks and semi-sensible free guitars propped against creamy walls. The custom, all-white goose down bedding is crème-caramel-soft. Oversized, opulently mirrored bathrooms have walk-in showers or claw-footed tubs, plus Clarins products for grown-ups and Eau de Toilette by Bonpoint pour les enfants. Seven types of suites include some named for illustrious previous hotel guests (check out epic Eiffel Tower views from the Ray Charles Suite) and have Toto toilets, an optional Butler and laundry services.
The glamorously lit La Cuisine restaurant has a buzzy weekend brunch with carbs aplenty by patissier-in-residence Pierre Herme, and the Michelin-starred Il Carpaccio restaurant has Sicilian baroque interiors and a regional Italian menu. The seasonal Terrace Garden has a Lewis Carroll-worthy teacup installation by Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos, and will launch Veuve Clicquot Champagne picnics and a Pierre Herme ice cream stand this summer. The 16,000-square-foot Clarins Spa is the largest in Paris. It has a hammam, sauna, ice fountain, seven treatment rooms and a 75-foot indoor swimming pool. Smoke gets in your eyes in La Fumee Rouge, the cigar bar, and the chic concept store, Le Royal Eclaireur, stocks Lanvin blouses, Moncler timepieces and vintage objets d’art.
In the Area
First timers should hop, skip or jump over to the nearby Golden Triangle and Champs Elysees for solid sightseeing. Once you’ve dodged the selfie stick salesmen and ‘grammed a few Arc de Triomphe shots, stop for a charcuterie board or beef tartare at MiniPalais, which serves an all-day bistro menu from noon to midnight. Stroll along Avenue Velasquez to Musee Cernuschi, a museum of Asian art that spans 18th century Japanese sculpture and Chinese ceramics from the Tang Dynasty; or head to Musee Jacquemart-Andre, a private collection of primarily French and Italian fine art in an 1875 mansion on Boulevard Haussmann.
How to Get There
We were served by Lucillia today at lunch...why doesn’t every restaurant have servers who are polite, funny and efficient like Lucillia? She should be commended for her customer service.
We had 2 salads (because it was lunch and both my friend and I are getting fat)
Excellent Asian and Caesar salads
Where to begin...
A few decades ago I’ve had the good fortune to stay in this palace multiple times, it was lovely then, but now even better.
Swift check in by a lovely woman who promptly ushered me to my upgraded suit.
There were numerous art work in my room, including incredible lamps, and an acoustic guitar.
My bed was majestic and linens were sumptuous.
The bathroom was absolutely stunning, mirrors and beautiful art work. The tub impossible to resist.
The commun areas defy description, on the first floor there is an incredible surprise.
The Clarins Spa was simply divine, I so appreciated my facial. The entire pool and work out room are inviting and convivial.
Every single employee of this establishment will greet you upon seeing you. I love that.
The restaurants are above and beyond, there is too much to write, I would just book it and experience yourself.
Thank you Royal Monceau.
Location location. You could literally skip the few hundred feet to the Arc de Triomphe, which we could also see from our suite’s spacious double balcony. Whether it’s your first time in Paris or you’re a seasoned traveler to France like I am, you can’t go wrong with this Philippe Starck designed palace hotel. A testament to modern French design in a classical building. Our suite honored the hotel’s theme of mirrors and sleek modern Japanese inspired design. The WC had a smart Toto toilet with a warmed seat which was a fun novelty. Smart light switches. Tea and coffee facilities available in the room including a kettle which I like for tea. The beds were comfortable. The buffet breakfast was extensive and superb. Friendly and helpful staff at every encounter who aren’t afraid to go the extra mile which has been a notable feature of every palace hotel I’ve stayed at in France. I used the gym and found it clean, it did get a little busy as it hit the evening but not too crowded. We dined at the hotel’s Japanese restaurant ‘Matsuhisa’ and had a marvelous meal. Overall, a lovely stay.