Le Royal Monceau
Built in 1928, this unapologetically luxe hotel was closed for two years then reopened in October 2010 after a monumental transformation by Philippe Starck, the 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 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.