|The Suite Macassar Creme at Prince De Galles exudes an haute couture vibe.|
Constant urban innovations keep visitors coming back to Paris for more. The quays along the Seine are being pedestrianized and a floating garden will open this spring just off the Pont de l’Alma. Historic hotels like the century-old Plaza Athenee are always updating, while sexy new ones add on to the scene (bonjour, Buddha Bar!)
Once a glam rendezvous for celebrities like Marlene Dietrich and Elvis Presley, the Hotel Prince de Galles was beginning to look shabby in recent years. What was done to bring it back to its former glory? The Luxury Collection hired Pierre-Yves Rochon—the design impresario responsible for the looks of The Savoy, Four Seasons London at Park Lane, and Shangri-La Paris—to give it a dramatic makeover. The transformation, after a two-year restoration, is stunning. Rochon brings back Art Deco in full force with custom furnishings that exude an haute couture vibe. (Think ebony wood furnishings, tiled mosaics, chandeliers covered in gold leaf, and Saint Laurent marble floors—all tailor-made for the hotel by some of the finest French artisans.)
|The terrace of the Eiffel Suite in Plaza Athenee is the perfect vantage point for killer views of the tower.|
Located on avenue George V in the heart of the Golden Triangle, the hotel reopens on May 16 under the watchful eye of General Manager Simon Rusconi. Big things are expected of Chef Stephanie Le Quellec, who was tapped to run La Scene Café and Bar restaurant after winning the televised contest, Top Chef France, in 2011. Le Quellec has trained under some of France’s finest Michelin-starred chefs, and last helmed the restaurant at Provence’s Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort (no longer under the Four Seasons flag). Expect traditional cuisine from the South of France highlighting seasonal produce. Designer Bruno Borrione incorporated a show kitchen, and for guests wishing to glean some culinary secrets, there will also be a chef’s table.
VIP Style: The L’Appartement Parisien promises one of the most sumptuous hotel experiences in Paris. Sprawling across 1,776 square feet, this duplex penthouse comes with a wine cellar, living room, dining room, private service elevator, Carrara marble bathrooms with Bulgari amenities, and a furnished terrace with jaw-dropping views of Paris. Head Concierge Olivier Rouy (firstname.lastname@example.org) can provide in-the-know tips about Paris’ hidden treasures like artisans’ workshops, lesser-known museums and private gardens.
Also making headlines: The 100th anniversary of the Plaza Athenee, the Dorchester Collection’s stylish palace hotel adored by the A-list crowd. Surrounded by fashion’s heavy hitters on the Avenue Montaigne, the hotel is also a firm favorite for Fashion Week. Guests can expect a year-long extravaganza to fete the hotel’s big birthday: toast with Baccarat Crystal Cocktails; tuck into commemorative dishes at Alain Ducasse’s restaurant; watch the sold-out performance of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees, simultaneously celebrating its centennial.
|Buddha Bar’s Suite de Gagny boasts historic details such as wall moldings restored in gold leaf and Versailles parquet floors.|
We have the scoop on a future hotel expansion project. Insiders tell us that the hotel has purchased some heritage-listed buildings which will be connected to the Plaza Athenee.
Come June, Buddha Bar will open its first Paris hotel, a hip hang-out for the young and fashionable. Expected to earn a five-star rating from Atout France, Buddha Bar Hotel has a dream team assembled under General Manager Loic Le Berre; clefs d’or Concierge Benoit Barrault was also recruited from the five-star Hotel Castille.
On a calm street off the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, the hotel is housed in an 18th-century mansion that once belonged to Augustin Blondel de Gagny, a prominent arts collector and the events planner for King Louis XVI. Done up in a contemporary Asian style with a dragon motif, the 35 rooms and 21 suites are spacious and come with added perks like Nespresso machines, complimentary minibar, free Wi-Fi, and the famous Buddha Bar music library.