Peninsula Paris

The City of Light inspires the whimsical and The Peninsula’s European Flagship is the epitome of this. Last year the restored 19th-century palace swung open its shutters, polished its silver, fluffed its duvets and declared a renaissance to great fanfare. Just steps from the iconic Arc de Triomphe, the hotel, with its Eiffel Tower inspired glass awning, hand-shaved tile roof, and gold-leaf door frames (fashioned by the very company that crafted the Statue of Liberty) promises to soon be a destination in its own right. The 19 Avenue Kléber address has housed one of Paris’ grandest Belle Epoque hotels dating back to 1908. But never before have the black, white, and cream halls gleamed so strikingly nor the crystal chandeliers sparkled so enticingly. The foyer sets the tone with suspended gold leaves (each of which required three weeks for artisans to make) that flutter from the hand-carved limestone ceiling over a densely black slab of pyrite. Throughout, the attention to detail and service is staggering. In the 200 guestrooms—styled with a je ne sais quoi flair of Parisian chic in soft grey, white, and lacquered furnishings—every amenity is placed at your fingertips. There are iPads programmed in 11 languages on which you may request breakfast, room cleaning, spa treatments, reservations at the open-air rooftop restaurant (with views of the Eiffel Tower), free unlimited international calls, city information and a Peninsula Rolls Royce to take you to the sites. Concealed mini home offices, surround-sound bars, and black-out curtains complete the experience. We could go on, but best if you see it for yourself!

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