As witnessed every Paris Fashion Week, the city’s urbanites sure know how to throw a party. Here's another case in point: The recent “Roaring Twenties”-themed fete hosted by the Hotel Napoleon to celebrate a renovation. Located on Avenue Friedland, the five-star hotel takes its name from the fact that it has sweeping views of the Arc de Triomphe, the iconic Parisian monument commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte. Back in the 1920s, Russian businessman Alexander Pavlovich Kliaguine bought the mansion as a wedding gift for his Parisian bride to entertain the aristocratic elite. Today the hotel is still owned by the Kliaguine family, and it features 51 rooms and 51 suites within a stone’s throw of the Champs-Elysées.
A recent renovation added a new restaurant and polished the building’s gleaming white façade, and the Hotel Napoleon—led by General Manager Ludovic Corpechot—decided to fete the occasion in style. Guests were dressed to the nines in Roaring Twenties garb, and there was live music, a speakeasy style gambling room, and even a pop-up salon where guests could get a bespoke hat—made in front of their eyes and designed to fit their personality.
The bubbly was free flowing (Bruno Paillard’s Première Cuvée, Rose, and Blanc de Blancs Trand Cru), and the gourmet edibles included a station dedicated entirely to foie gras: the delicacy was served five different ways, and the foie gras lollipop served as the final, lingering taste. The Hotel Napoleon is part of the Preferred Hotel Group and the Chateaux & Hotels Collection.