Le Royal Monceau, a new style of palace

After two years of titianic works, the mythical hotel avenue Hoche is reopening its doors, totally reinvented by Philippe Starck.

Its inspiration? For the public areas in the hotel, the 20s-30s.

Translation: Vallauris lamps, modernistic furniture in superb leathers, geometric carpets, in short a between-two-wars but perfectly contemporary allure, ultra-convincing.

The bar is a long gallery, enhanced by an equally long table, stunningly feminine. The restaurants are at the outset very exciting: the La Cuisine palace bistrot is managed by Laurent André, ex Ducasse and Il Carpaccio, is a restaurant in the Sicilian vein, totally down to earth classy, in an ultra elegant decor.(the door is covered with shells hand-stuck by Thomas Boog himself).

The Royal Monceau also stands out through its strong artistic intention: aside from the works of art that usual exist and dress up the hotel, a bookshop dedicated to contemporary art (more than 700 titles, magazines and exhibition catalogs) equipped with a screen that allows to follow in real time the top auctions, an « Art Concierge » in charge of advising hotel clients on the shows to see, a collection of contemporary art, essentially photography-- and to launch the season, at the opening, an exhibit of unpublished drawings by Basquiat.

And during the first trimester of 2011, aside from the My Blend spa by Clarins and the largest pool of a Paris hotel, the 41, the neighboring art gallery of the hotel, will be opening its doors, just like Le Royal Eclaireur, the fashion-decorating boutique overseen by the team of L'Eclaireur.

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