Built in 1928, the unapologetically luxe hotel was closed for two years and reopened in October 2010 after a monumental transformation by Philippe Starck, the 61-year-old designer responsible for placing an acoustic guitar in every room, not to mention a private screening room just off the lobby that features 99 oversize leather chairs modeled after first-class airplane seats. There are 85 rooms, 54 suites, and 10 apartments in the new Royal Monceau, which is now a Raffles property. In terms of five-star hotels in Paris, Le Royal Monceau is a viable alternative to the Ritz, the Crillon, the Meurice, or the Plaza Athénée. Though not quite as centrally located, the hotel has a keen sense of modernity, of the now
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The light-filled Ray Charles Suite, on the hotel's top floor, was inspired by the legendary soul musician, who was a frequent guest.
Take a stroll in the quasi-secret Parc Salomon de Rothschild. Hidden from view by high walls, this rare oasis of green in the middle of the Eighth Arrondissement looks onto the 19th-century hotel Salomon de Rothschild.