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Starck’s Raving Pad

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After two years of extensive restoration, Le Royal Monceau has unveiled its new Philippe Starck-designed digs.

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Having opened during the Roaring Twenties and hosted the likes of Winston Churchill, Josephine Baker and Ernest Hemingway, Starck wanted to uphold the Monceau standard of luxury while adding a serious dose of modernity, sensuality and the designer’s trademark quirkiness. Belle Époque rugs and grandiose chandeliers mingle with wooden elk statues and chalkboard columns throughout the lobby and the hotels six drinking and dining options.

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Le Royal Monceau also boasts a screening room, contemporary art bookstore, and an art collection that is on display in the rooms and in the in-house gallery Arts District (which is currently showing Jean-Michel Basquiat, Works on Paper until November 30, 2010), not to mention The Spa by Clarins and an outpost from famed French retailer L’Eclaireur, both opening in 2011).

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Guests will find themselves in the lap of luxury with the 149 rooms, suites and apartments. The quarters are meant to look lived in, and each soundproof room (which can be turned into a recording studio upon request) contains an acoustic guitar crafted by Michel Lag-Chavarria (with guitar lessons available).

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Le Royal Monceau

37 Avenue Hoche 75008  /  33 (0)142998800

 

-Christina Mannatt

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