During the trip of Best Design Guides team in Paris during the design week, le Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal received us to meet their sumptuous establishment at the very heart of Paris. They told us the story of, near the hotel, was the place where Louis XIV learnt to ride. For those who really want to meet the city of light with its union between the past and the present, the usual elegance and the contemporary hospitality, this is the place you need to visit.

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The hotel, completely renovated, offer in many places, a delightful view to Paris and the quintessence of Parisian chic. Step inside and the boxwoods sculpted in strict accordance with the rules of topiary art trumpet the perfect harmony that Pierre-Yves Rochon has striven to achieve for this XVIIIth century edifice and its elegant listed façade. A jewel, where history – a highly reputed learned society once stood here – stands alongside a range of services so inherent in a XXIst century luxury establishment.

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The delicate décor design was made in collaboration with some of important names, like: Pierre Frey, Rubelli, Manuel Canovas, Dedar and Etamine for fabrics, hangings and wallpaper. Philippe Hure for furnishings and Delisle for lighting.

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A few steps from the hotel you have the imposing museum Louvre, also the Sacré-Coeur, the Paris Opera House, the golden dome of the invalids and the Eiffel Tower. On the foreground, make a walking in the Palais-Royal gardens, with their elegant walkways and fan-shaped fountains.

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Overlooking rooms design, each detail has been carefully selected in terms of relaxation, ease of living (there is a real dressing room) and well-being: frosted sliding glass doors lead to the calm of a bathroom offering a range of products from Carita.

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The cultural heaven that is le Grand Palais Royal. If you walk around in the hotel you will find an amazing interior design as I found. I will try describing you the best I can, the chic style used in the hotel. In the reception, there is a great pine tree and an amazing gilded ceiling. An immense Hellenistic bust interacts with a masterful canvas by Isabelle Crampe. Alongside, magnificent green hydrangeas dress a hammered steel console table. In the space of a few steps the visitor is plunged into the cultural eclecticism that the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal tries hard to share. Two salons adapt to every occasion: an executive rendezvous, post-shopping tea after a browse through the irresistible boutique, or just the pleasure of reading. Comfortable settees and armchairs are placed around low tables in straw marquetry with bronze medallions to create and intimate atmosphere, as is emphasized by the painting on display: original XIXth century watercolors, copies engravings illustrating Parisian gardens.

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The cozy atmosphere of the bar lounge, with the gray Moleanos marble and quitted deeskin counter, Macassar ebony walls and Jouy-print curtains depicting scenes from Parisian life, is the ideal place to indulge in a glass of champagne: the bar has a selection of 35 from which to choose.

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