It List: The Best New Hotels 2011

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Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

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The Philippe Starck–designed Royal Monceau, housed in a 1928 palace hotel a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, is like nothing you’ve ever seen in the City of Light. All 149 guest rooms are designed to feel like a Parisian friend’s pied-à-terre, with framed photographs leaning haphazardly against the walls, a strand of pearls seemingly left behind on a table, and a custom-built acoustic guitar in the corner of the room (go ahead, strum your heart out: the walls are soundproof). Downstairs, the lobby is filled with contemporary art and the city’s beau monde, making the Royal Monceau the new epicenter of cool in Paris. Doubles from $1,115.

It List: The Best New Hotels 2011

Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris

The Philippe Starck–designed Royal Monceau, housed in a 1928 palace hotel a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, is like nothing you’ve ever seen in the City of Light. All 149 guest rooms are designed to feel like a Parisian friend’s pied-à-terre, with framed photographs leaning haphazardly against the walls, a strand of pearls seemingly left behind on a table, and a custom-built acoustic guitar in the corner of the room (go ahead, strum your heart out: the walls are soundproof). Downstairs, the lobby is filled with contemporary art and the city’s beau monde, making the Royal Monceau the new epicenter of cool in Paris. Doubles from $1,115.

Courtesy Royal Monceau Raffles
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