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
They are trying very hard but are not quite there to earn a top rating and justify the price.
1) They out source the client relationship role to an external provider - which meant that when we had a miscommunication issue on a booking they had no leverage and ultimately had to say "well, I don't actually work there so I can't help". Maybe the issue couldn’t be solved but at a hotel aspiring to this level, they should be able to say that in person.
2) There is a Nobu Japanese restaurant in the main dining room. Good food but when they got busy they either didn't have the staff to cope or just decided we weren’t a priority. We got bored of waiting and walked out. The manager was very apologetic and I cannot fault his efforts to put this right after the fact.
Like I said, they are close to getting it right but at this level they devil in the details. We will probably be back as the location suits us but if they want repeat business then more work is needed.
Super hotel! A 5 star palace by far! strongly recommend! Have been there many times and have to say that tgus palace keeps on improving and enovating! Try the Japenese in the hoyel Matsuhisa best sushi Paris!
This is a lovely hotel with fantastic service.
This hotel has 2 Michelin star restaurants!
Located just 3 short blocks off the Champs at the corner of the Arc de Triumph. It is without a doubt one of the finest hotels in Paris. The rooms are beautiful with unique furnishings and is luxurious. The indoor pool is wonderful with nice touches of healthy snacks and juices to add to your luxury experience. The staff are extremely efficient and friendly. The breakfast buffet is fantastic and is set up so beautifully.
I would highly recommend splurging to stay in this beautiful property.I will go back.
Great hotel and service. Sushi chef is the best! the rooms are so stylish and always super clean. Staff is so friendly and non intrusive. I stay here every time when in Paris, love the hotel and people.
It’s a cosy hotel.
Very nice room, but somehow the placement of furnitures including the bed you may find the ‘journey within your own room’ inconvenient somehow.
The bed is very comfortable and I love the linens used. The bathroom again isn’t user friendly especially for woman who has plenty of skin care and make ups to put out. But I appreciates the shelf inside though.
We checked in early and I was with my group of guests. Instead of going straight to our rooms we decided to eat breakfast first as we arrived from long haul while the concierge could sort out our luggage and place them into our rooms. Now, this is where missing luggages and mixed up luggages happened to a few of us!
At the bar restaurant, the lady who greets guests at the check in booth was too dreamy and she was no where to be found at the entrance to receive guests. We waited and waved and yet she missed us! Until the floor manager saw us and he sped over to assist! Yet, the restaurant wasn’t busy with plenty of tables occupied.
The selection of pastries and bread at breakfast restaurant were wide. The hot breakfast food isn’t so impressive unfortunately.
This hotel needs to live up to what they are charging to hotel guests.