Paris’ Art Deco grand dame
115 Rooms / 44 Suites
Open since 1928, Prince de Galles, A Luxury Collection Hotel has long been a bastion of Art Deco luxury on the elegant Avenue George V in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. Renovated in 2013 and meticulously restored by master designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, the hotel showcases its Art Deco theme in the spacious reception area, lobby and throughout its eight floors. French dining at its finest is available in the celebrated restaurant La Scene, while the hotel bar offers sophisticated cocktails and the airy courtyard has views of magnificently restored mosaics and towering palm trees.
Striking 1930s black-and-white Vogue photographs (more than 500 images) are hung on the walls of the corridors and in the rooms — they set a consistent Art Deco tone. Adding to the retro vibe are the marble floors, rich fabrics, deep ebony furnishings and pops of color and flash. The Mosaic suites are so named because of the bathroom’s intricate designs of mosaic ceramic tiles sourced from the South of France. These suites also have a lovely terrace overlooking Avenue George V. Larger suites come with sofa beds, leather chairs and faux fireplaces. The largest suite is fashioned as a Parisian apartment with a kitchen, an oversized terrace and a spectacular view of the Sacré-Coeur. All rooms are equipped with Nespresso coffee machines, flat-screen TVs and Christian Lacroix bath amenities.
Steps up from the fitness center entrance (you may use the fitness center for a fee) and past a few decorative statues is the private spa, dubbed the Wellness Suite. Aside from the intoxicating aroma of sandalwood to lure you inside, there is a steam bath, a hammam and a beautiful mosaic-tiled shower that could easily fit 20 people. Treatments aim to meet each individual or couple’s needs and include massages and facials to cure your ailments. An array of services are also available in guest rooms, too.
La Scéne, helmed by chef Stéphanie Le Quellec, is a lauded restaurant serving fine French fare. But you won’t find white tables and unnecessary pomp here — this place takes a more relaxed stance on fine dining with an open kitchen where you can view the chef in action. At the bar Les Heures, you can dine from an à la carte menu and order up meticulously made cocktails. It also converts into a lounge area by end of week, DJ included. Brunch, lunch and dinner buffets are available here, too. Le Patio’s garden area gives you a chance to dine alfresco without being next to a busy street — the space is tucked away and made gorgeous by lush greenery and colorful mosaics.