The Peninsula hotel is about to open in Paris
When choosing the location of its tenth establishment, the Peninsula group opts for Paris. As it’s first hotel in Europe, this opening is eagerly anticipated.
We had a sneak preview…and what we saw was breath-taking!
Even the most observant of Parisians would have trouble recognising the former conference centre for the French Ministry of Foreign affairs. A far cry from the gloomy, sombre structures of Avenue Kléber, now a bright and luminous building imposes itself instead. For the opening of its first European establishment, the Peninsula group favours the big and the sublime. State of the art restorations carried out by the most skilled artisans and workers in France, many of who are more accustomed to the gilding of Versailles or stuccos of the République.
Particular care has been taken to reinstate the splendour of what was the Hotel Majestic at the start of the 1900s, a legendary hotel where George Gershwin penned ‘An American in Paris’…
From the lobby – home to a bespoke crystal installation – to the mosaic-tiled floors or handful of casements that slide across giant television screens in every room, attention to detail prevails throughout.
Parquet flooring welcomes you into the 200 rooms and suites, bringing a sense of homeliness from the start, while the sleeping quarters are predominantly carpeted. Marble is omnipresent in the bathroom. One small supreme luxury is a nail dryer, installed in every dressing room, on top of the make-up table. The décor may be identical in each room, but how is it possible not to appreciate the luxurious, soothing calm with handpicked mixed shades of grege, soft gold, grey and Macassar wood?
In the terms of restaurants, these are all more astonishing than the last. And how to describe Lili, the Cantonese restaurant? You could be both on the set of a Tarantino film and in a Shanghai dream…
L’oiseau blanc? The hotel’s rooftop French restaurant, which acts an ode to light and Paris with its 360-degree view of the most beautiful monuments in the capital. Not to mention the numerous bars and restaurants spaces that are installed in the former ballroom on the ground floor of the Peninsula, as well as on the terrace that borders Avenue Kléber, surrounded by an impressive canopy creation or even return to the roof of the hotel to profit from the slightest hint of sunshine and the chance to glimpse the skyline of one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It’s official: the Peninsula is a marvel. Roll on the 1st of August, when it opens its doors and you surrender yourself to the perfect luxury of the place.