If you've ever wanted to rekindle romance and fall in love with Paris again, where better than the grand hotel where George Gershwin wrote the score for "An American in Paris" in 1928?
Situated in the heart of the 16th arrondissement, the Peninsula Paris is housed in a seven-story Belle Epoque confection built in 1908 on the site of the Palais de Castille, which later became the Hotel Majestic. The Majestic also served as the first headquarters of Unesco before a $400 million restoration and subsequent reopening in 2014 as Peninsula's first European property.
Designed for the modern luxury traveler, the hotel's 200 rooms and suites feature spectacular terraces, private gardens, skyline views and gray and cream decor inspired by haute couture. Among the largest in Paris, these accommodations function as a pied-a-terre: an apartment layout offers a vestibule, a walk-in dressing room, a sitting area, a lacquer and burl wood writing desk with office as well as a bedroom area, all outfitted with state-of-the-art technology that shimmers beneath Baccarat chandeliers. Art deco furnishings are matched with high-gloss, lacquered detailing to create an atmosphere both classic and contemporary.
All Peninsula rooms include coffee and tea machines, shoeshine service, high-speed WiFi and complimentary minibar. Interactive digital bedside and desk tablets are offered in 11 languages, with complimentary global calls via VoIP technology.
A personal interior valet box allows for the discreet delivery of laundry, newspaper and shoe service. A Peninsula valet accesses the box from the hallway; guests open the box from within their suite whenever they wish. Fresh flowers and white orchids, along with 24-hour room service and complimentary HD movies, make for an elegant cocoon — as well as a perfect mise-en-scene for your own intimate cocktail party.
In the spa bathrooms with soaking tub, the water closets feature Japanese toilets complete with their own in-wall control panel for various oscillation settings and water temperature. Apart from the mesmerizing toilets, the marble bathrooms include rainfall showers and marble tubs, inset mirror TVs, digital telephones and bespoke toiletries by Oscar de la Renta. Across the hall, behind lacquered pocket doors, the capacious walk-in dressing room harbors a dressing table with built-in nail-dryer alongside custom cabinetry with soft-close drawers.
Notable as the locale for the Paris Peace Accords, which ended the Vietnam War in 1973, Le Bar Kleber is a sumptuous rococo jewel box of oak boiserie and gilded moldings with a soaring ceiling and shimmering mirrors, all of which provide a fitting complement to Champagne cocktails. The bar's double-height windows look out onto La Terrasse Kleber, Paris' largest covered terrace, which buzzes with cafe society beneath a breathtaking steel and glass canopy.
Named in honor of the French aviators who attempted to cross the Atlantic in 1927, L'Oiseau Blanc enhances its rooftop locale with aeronautical decor and breathtaking panoramic views of Paris from its expansive summer terrace.
Should guests feel the need to exercise amid such indulgence, they can plunge into the Peninsula Spa's indoor, heated 65-foot swimming pool. The spacious fitness center includes saunas, steam rooms and treatment rooms.
Less than a 10-minute walk from the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, Peninsula Paris is a short Metro ride to Fondation Louis Vuitton, designed by Frank Gehry to resemble both an iceberg and a sailing ship with site-specific works by Ellsworth Kelly and Olafur Eliasson.
The Peninsula Paris offers flexible check-in and checkout times, thereby enabling guests to arrive and depart at their convenience. For those who like to make an entrance, transfers are available via 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II — or guests can travel via Mercedes-Benz E-class sedans with Lafayette Group, which offers VIP services from its offices in Paris, Provence, the Riviera and Monaco.
Rates begin at about $1,130 for a Superior room. Visit http://paris.peninsula.com/en/default.