The Peninsula Paris
As far as hotel rooms in the French capital go – in fact, as far as accommodations there go in general – those at The Peninsula Paris are pretty large. Sumptuous, too, with monochrome marble bathrooms, gleaming wood, and plenty of high-tech bells and whistles, like the multi-lingual “digital bedsides” (which includes a tablet, obviously). But there are plenty of low-key luxuries here as well. Don’t want to leave the comfort of your room, for example? Just use the valet box for your laundry, newspapers, et al. Problem solved.
Continuing on the theme of larger-than-average spaces, the sprawling spa and wellness rocks in at 1,800 square metres. And every one of those metres is sleek and well-appointed, with a strong thread of Asian influences running through the decor. There’s a bright and beautiful indoor pool, hammams, saunas and treatment rooms here, all offering guests the chance to unwind and relax in serious style.
The folks at The Peninsula Paris didn’t just want to provide one bar and one restaurant, thinking seven would be the safer call: Le Lobby and Le Rooftop for French and international cuisine; the much-lauded L’Oiseau Blanc for haute French cuisine on the rooftop; LiLi for Cantonese; La Terrasse Kléber for al fresco drinks and snacks; Le Lounge Kléber for drinks and cigars; and Le Bar Kléber for drinks and bar bites. The latter was actually the spot where the Paris Peace Accords were signed in 1973. So, in addition to covering many gastronomic bases, they can add a brush with history to the list of amenities. The hotel was, after all, the Hotel Majestic and the base of Unesco in its previous lives. Today, fully restored and given a lavish spruce, the future looks bright for The Peninsula Paris.