While the world has its eyes on the Paris runways and the fashion trends for next season, we’re looking to the City of Light for a very different reason – a hotel. But this isn’t just any old hotel, it’s The Peninsula – a luxury, five-star residence that feels more like your own private palace, definitely aided by the fact it’s located in the late 19th century Haussmanian building, which first opened as one of Paris’s most luxurious hotels in 1908.
Today, it’s a property steeped in history that’s been meticulously restored and modernized to become one of, if not the most exclusive addresses in the French capital. Boasting 200 luxurious rooms and suites, a sumptuous spa, mouth-watering dining options, and some of the best views of the Eiffel Tower – it’s not hard to see why it’s the go-to hotel for A-listers and celebs (Olivia Palermo is a big fan).
So is this the most perfect place in Paris? We think so, and here’s why.
Location, Location, Location
Tucked away on Avenue Kleber, one of the 12 prestigious avenues that radiate from Place de l’Etoile, The Peninsula sits pride and place in the heart of Paris. A stone’s throw away from the Arc de Triomphe, you’re right by some of the world’s most famous sights, monuments, and museums, and – of course – you’re in shopping heaven. Designer boutiques are on your doorstep, as well as high-end eateries and chic Parisian cafés.
From the vast, sunlit white marble lobby with its stunning ‘floating leaf’ crystal chandelier, to the sweeping staircases, beautifully restored period features, and elegant color palette of the rooms – everything at The Peninsula oozes luxury. Once inside your sumptuous abode, styled chicly with a palette of soft grays and creams accented with high-gloss lacquered furnishings, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into your own piece of Parisian paradise.
Modern touches blend seamlessly into the classic design, including an in-room iPad and touch panels which control everything from the lighting and music to your room service order. Nothing beats sinking into your marble tub brimming with Oscar de la Renta bubble bath while you catch up on your favorite show, or relaxing on your balcony with views out over Paris and the Eiffel Tower. Paradis.
Inspired by the drama of French and Chinese opera, LiLi is the place to go for authentic Cantonese cuisine (and dreamy dim sum) created by award-winning Hong Kong chefs, while The Lobby is home to The Peninsula’s famed Afternoon Tea where you can dine on exquisite cakes and sandwiches to the sounds of a live jazz trio. There’s also La Terrasse Kléber, one of Paris’ largest covered terraces, which serves up international dishes and snacks throughout the day under its stunning, futuristic glass and steel canopy.
But the star of the culinary show has to be L’Oiseau Blanc. The aviation themed eatery (complete with an actual vintage plane and retractable roof) is located on the top floor and offers panoramic views of the Parisian skyline. It’s the place for French haute cuisine – and for the perfect insta snap. Be sure to try the Chef’s tasting menu for four surprising courses of fine French fare.
Not only is the subterranean Peninsula spa the largest in Paris (it’s over 1,800 square meters of pure pampering bliss), it’s home to a 20-meter indoor pool, two vitality pools, saunas, experience showers, and hammams.
Where East meets West, it’s inspired by traditional Asian elements and offers everything from massages using volcanic hot stones to anti-aging facials and the signature ‘Sleep Ceremony’ which incorporates an ESPA oil infused bath, a breathing and mediation session, a hot stone massage, and a facial and scalp massage to help rebalance the body and mind and promote a good night’s sleep. Perfect after a day shopping on the Champs-Élysées. If you’ve enjoyed one too many croissants, there’s also the ‘Asian Tea Lounge’ where you can sip on a selection of rare fine teas as well as detox juices to help you reset.
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