Richard Nahem, an ex-New Yorker living in Paris, leads private insider tours showing visitors the Paris most of them never see on their own (www.eyepreferparistours.com), and also writes a popular insider's blog www.eyepreferparis.com.
With the recent closings of The Ritz and the Crillon Hotels and the Plaza Athenee in October, five star accommodations in Paris are getting scarcer and guests are beginning to feel the pinch. Reopening in the end of June, the timing of the recently refurbished Prince de Galles couldn’t have been better. The Art Deco gem, first constructed in 1928 and now part of the Luxury Collection brand portfolio by Starwood, has taken two years to restore with a budget of over 100 million euros.
Among the biggest changes are the number of rooms, which ironically been reduced in order to provide more space and now with a total of 115 rooms and 44 suites. The shining star is the over-the top L’Appartement, a two-story suite with an over 1,000 square foot terrace. It spans more than 2600 square feet, featuring two bedrooms, two living rooms, dining room, and kitchen and a sweeping Art Deco style spiral staircase.
Noted French interior designers Pierre-Yves Rochon and Bruno have successfully integrated the luxury of Art Deco from the past with up to date modern features and technology.
One of the outstanding public areas on the main floor is the open air terrace restaurant le Patio with dazzling mosaic floors, rattan chairs, and tall palm trees, giving it a sense of being in Miami Beach rather than the heart of Paris.
Executive chef Stephanie Le Quellec, a rising star chef in France, is at the helm of the haute cuisine restaurant Le Scene. The futuristic looking interior has sprawling white banquettes and club chairs and the dramatic open kitchen of white marble and thin glass tubes make it the centerpiece of the restaurant.
The lobby bar and lounge, La Scene is sumptuously decorated in Art Deco splendor with the original sconces updated, hand painted ceiling murals, and a stunning crystal chandelier overhanging the bar.
A wellness center has been created by Olivier Lecocq with a hammam and customized spa treatments along with a fitness center.
Prince de Galles Hotel
33 Ave. George V, 75008