Mad About Paris, Much more than a guide
This is the opening everybody expects in Paris: After a four-year renovation the Peninsula Paris will open on 1rst of August and it will be, read my lips, the place to be, not only for tourists. Lately, a new generation of grand Hotels from Asia has changed the high-end hostelry radically in Paris, but here is the one that will do the big shake up: The Peninsula Paris, an unbelievable perfect place.
Of course, there is the house and its history: George Gershwin wrote “An American in Paris” here. Picasso, James Joyce, Marcel Proust, Igor Stravinsky and choreographer Sergei Diaghilev had a legendary supper at – what then used to be – “The Majestic”. But this was back at the beginning of the 20th century during la Belle Epoque, “les années folles”, when the building on avenue Kleber – just a stone throw away from Arc de Triomphe – was the first grand hotel in Paris offering private bathrooms in its guestrooms and suites. After a big sleep as an administrative building for UNESCO, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an intense renovation, the building is now the first hotel the small and legendary Peninsula group opened in Europe.
So there is the house and the history, as I said, but all above there is an unexpected luxury, an unimaginable service and the thrill of the surprise when you discover new standards of hostelry. Of course, meanwhile you’re spoiled for choice in Paris when it comes to high-end hostelry. But the Peninsula Paris is somehow special. Is it the sheer size of the building? Or the five rooftop gardens? The Rolls-Royce Phantom customised to Peninsula requirements ore the fleet of BMW 7 limousines ready to hire? Or is it the thrilling view on the Eiffeltower from the French gastronomic restaurant “L’Oiseau blanc” (chef Jean-Edern Hurstel is over viewing the six restaurants)? Or the 200 rooms and suites among the most larges in Paris equipped with cutting edge technology and their sumptuous marble bathrooms? Ore the employers trained on Asian standards of hospitality? I can’t tell you what exactly makes the difference. It’s altogether, I suppose.
Just one example: Have you ever seen a cupboard for dirty shirts equipped with technology in a way that the maiden will be informed automatically that you’ve put something inside? But the best is the maiden has access from outside your room.
Such luxury has its price, of course. Count 1095 Euros for a superior room, 25 000 Euros for a 318 square metre suite with private rooftop garden. But there’s a special offer during the first month of opening: 695 Euros for a superior room during August.