There are many magical squares in Paris, but for me, the most special and iconic is Palais Royal, a central courtyard with a subtle charm and beauty. I felt very privileged to receive the opportunity to stay in the only 5-star hotel in this exclusive area, Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, with its luxurious bedrooms and spectacular views.
The hotel is just three years old, but already has a fine reputation amongst locals and travellers. Found within a historic 18th century building with contemporary design by architect Pierre-Yves Rochon, it is an exceptional combination of old-fashioned grandeur and modern elegance. It is an artistic neighborhood with the Louvre, the Place Vendome and the Tuileries Garden nearby, and in the hotel lobby important artworks from the Louvre cast workshop feature prominently.
The boutique property has 68 bedrooms, each individually designed with luxurious fabrics and furniture. We were very comfortable in our junior suite, Room 503. With a small balcony overlooking the city and a lovely living area with champagne and patisserie treats, it was a stylish and indulgent Parisian base. The suite was subtly decorated in shades of lilac and grey with tasteful lighting and dramatic abstract artwork.
The dreamy bed was silky and soft with fluffy pillows and topped with a beautiful purple blanket. Despite the warm weather I wanted to wrap myself up in the luxurious duvet, and needless to say I slept blissfully well each night. The minimalist white bathroom was equipped with a walk in rain shower and separate bath. Toiletries by Atelier Cologne were generously stocked in the bathroom and seemed to be very good quality when I washed my hair.
The hotel provides top quality spa experiences and dining options for guests and external visitors. Downstairs, a lavish mosaic hammam is a relaxing retreat that I wish I’d taken advantage of, and there is also a gym with Technogym equipment. The spa uses top Parisian brand Carita for their treatments and a beauty salon offers manicures, pedicures and hairdressing.
The breakfast at Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is an extravagant array of French delicacies and a la carte dishes. It felt particularly special enjoyed in the comfort of our own room. Choose from freshly baked pastries, fresh juices, strong coffee, eggs and bacon, cooked to your preference. I especially relished the little luxuries in our breakfast of creamy French butter and delicious fruit jams.
With a prime location and pretty rooms, Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is a fabulously French accommodation for the most sophisticated traveller. I can’t think of a more magical Parisian hotel.
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