Luxury Parisian Hotels Rethink Art of Hospitality
It’s makeover season in the City of Light—at least for high-end palace hotels. Check into the famed 18th century Hôtel de Crillon (pictured) before it closes this fall for a two-year renovation (set to include the addition of a long-awaited spa). After a sweeping top-down restoration, Le Royal Monceau Raffles became home to a stunning collection of artwork; now, the hotel is expanding into cinema with its film-centric Ciné Brunch and Ciné Snack held every Saturday (hot chocolate, Hermé pastries and popcorn included).
And for les enfants? Royal Monceau’s art concierge will soon be designing special programs tailored for tots; activities will range from painting and cooking classes to swimming lessons and guided tours. The Four Seasons Hotel George V recently announced a partnership with illustrator Nicole Lambert, the creator of the popular comic strip page Les Triplé. The hotel will be hosting the Triplets’ adventures through a new kids amenity program. Adults can expect some fun, too. George V is readying the opening of a new eighth floor penthouse (once the honeymoon suite) accessible by private elevator and featuring three terraces overlooking the Eiffel Tower.
Tina Isaac is Travel + Leisure’s Paris correspondent.