Modern meets classic in Paris' Palais Royal
57 Rooms / 11 Suites
Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal occupies a privileged location at the center of one Paris’ most illustrious historic districts, but this grand dame is now thoroughly modern thanks to a major renovation finished in 2013. The plush, modern-meets-classic design is by Pierre-Yves Rochon, who is also behind the look of The Savoy in London and Four Seasons Hotel Firenze in Florence.
Up-to-date amenities will accommodate anyone looking for a full-on grand Parisian hotel experience, including an intimate spa by French skin-care brand Carita, a restaurant housed within a beautiful winter garden, and a fitness center with a hammam. The can’t-be-beat location overlooks the lovely Palais Royal and its gardens and the hotel is within walking distance of the Louvre and the boutiques that line tony Rue Saint-Honroé.
You are welcomed into a chic, contemporary lobby with ivory marble floors, muted chocolate walls and busts of 18th-century French Enlightenment philosophers Voltaire and Rousseau. A wrought-iron spiral staircase, all that remains of the 1781 fire that destroyed the Théâtre de Opéra that once stood here, wraps around a very modern luggage storeroom cleverly disguised as a large travel trunk.
Paintings, sculptures and other artworks from the owner’s private collection are placed throughout the public areas and rooms, along with a series of contemporary black-and-white framed photographs of the iconic neighborhood’s historic architecture, boutiques and museums.
The Paris hotel’s 68 rooms are decorated with pale cream walls, black lacquer lamps, and touches of lime green, deep beige and lavender for a smart, timeless feel that is very much on-trend. Most are carpeted for added comfort, while the suites have pale oak floors and area rugs. Velvets, leathers and silks add a rich level of comfort.
Amenities in the rooms are plentiful, as expected, with complimentary high-speed Internet, multimedia connections (iPhone, iPad, USB and HDMI), full-size Carita toiletries, complimentary shoe shine and in-room climate control.
While many of the rooms have balconies with views over the Palais Royal or the cobblestone courtyard, the largest can be found in the Panoramic Suite, which overlooks the Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Coeur Basilica, and has its own dining room and private elevator.
The luxury hotel has two dining options. A breakfast buffet and lunch are served in Le Lulli, a bright winter garden decorated in lime green and contemporary chrome chairs. Chef Clément Le Norcy creates a seasonal menu of French cuisine with international accents.
You also can dine or snack throughout the day and evening in the cozy Lounge Bar. Its gray upholstered chairs, marble-topped bar and thick Toile de Jouy curtains provide a sophisticated den-like place to take afternoon tea or sip on one of bar’s 30 different chilled champagnes.
The lower-level fitness room at the Palais Royal hotel has Technogym trainer machines available 24 hours a day and a large, mosaic-tiled Turkish bath. There are two treatment rooms for spa services by Carita and a beauty salon for hair and nail treatments.