Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris What a wonderful world
Beyond its ruby red marquise, a color dear to Philippe Starck, Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris bears witness to its longstanding association with the arts through every minute detail, embodying the spirit of a chic and cool artistic abode.
Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris is a place imbued with history, encapsulating the memory of those who have stayed here, from historic figures such as Eisenhower, Churchill, Ho Chi Minh, to those who’ve written grand chapters in the arts. From its opening in 1928, it welcomed music-hall icons like Joséphine Baker, Maurice Chevalier, wanderlust writers like Ernest Hemingway and Joseph Kessel, musicians (Michael Jackson, Lou Reed, Madonna), fashion designers, directors, and actors. Notably, in the late ‘80s, Michel Polnareff resided here for 800 days to compose his album ‘Kama Sutra,’ never leaving his room. This luxurious, intimate feeling engulfs you as you enter this hotel, adorned with artworks, rare books, rich fabrics, and precious details, making you feel as if you’ve discovered a familiar home. Art holds a central place here, with an art gallery (Art District) and an art bookstore (La Librairie des Arts) open to all. Guests are guided to explore the cultural side of Paris through the insightful advice of Art Concierge Julie Eugène. From common spaces to private rooms, suites and apartments, objects, curios, rare furniture, and works of art are placed to pique your curiosity. Examples include Nikolay Polissky’s wooden deer herd, installed on the first-floor landing, and the contemporary photography collection acquired by the Palace, including Arlette Kotchounian’s portraits of leading jazzmen of her time, including her partner Ray Charles. Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris dedicates one of its Signature suites, the 714, to Ray Charles, decorating it with his large-scale photographs, love letters framing the bed, and a grand Pleyel piano. This creativity is echoed in the gastronomic offerings of the Parisian Palace, from the fusion cuisine of Matsuhisa Paris restaurant by Japanese Chef Nobu Matsuhisa,to the Italian delicacies of Il Carpaccio,a Michelin- starred restaurant run by Alessandra Del Favero and Oliver Piras.It extends to the sweet creations of Pastry Chef Quentin Lechat, and the Signature cocktails of Le Bar Long. On summer days, all open onto the freshness of the garden terrace organized around a pond that reveals the 23-meter swimming pool, the jewel of Clarins & myBlend Spa .This honey-wood adorned space offers a varied selection of beauty rituals and physical activities for both guests and external clients.