The Peninsula Paris hotel
Peninsula hotels are one of the best in the world, with the branches in Tokyo, Shanghai, New York or Paris. Just recently we stayed in the Peninsula Paris hotel and Goodness me it was a pleasant stay. The hotel itself is very beautiful and I was surprised by how huge it is. As you know probably, in Paris every square metre is golden and just the lobby of this hotel is so big, you feel like you need to walk a fair bit to get across from reception over to concierge.
Location. The Peninsula Paris hotel is centrally located (Avenue Kleber). Well actually it depends what do you call “central”. You can walk 3 min to Arch de Triumph or 5 min to Champs Elysee or 10 min to Eiffel Tower. But if you want to see Louvre, Marais or Notre Dame, you need to walk quite a bit or take a taxi. As this is my favourite part of Paris, for me the location can’t be better.
Design is very contemporary with the art deco influence and clean lines. In the lobby the main feature is a massive and very modern chandelier, which looks like loads of glass leaves hanging leisurely from the ceiling. It definitely gives the place a wow factor.
Rooms are beautiful and spacious. The best thing about them is the valet box. I must say I never saw anything like it anywhere in the world. It is a little hidden “magic” cupboard you will find in your room. It serves for placing the laundry (so that someone will collect without you speaking or seeing anyone) as well as you will find your newspapers there every morning. We had a junior suite which was already generous with space, however the separate dressing room and entrance hall gave the room feel of a small apartment. Oscar de la Renta bathroom amenities and build in Espresso machine were just an icing on the cake.
There are several restaurants in The Peninsula Paris hotel. Le Lobby, an international and frech, where the breakfast is served and the design is very opulent with gold, glass and mirrors as main materials. Lili, the Cantonese restaurant which is absolutely excellent (I haven’t been in, but had a room service from it loved it). L’Oiseau Blanc which is on the rooftop of the hotel. That one is one is super romantic, with a view of Eiffel Tower and Montmartre. The decoration of this restaurant is inspired by aviation, particularly by Charles Nungesser and François Coli who attempted to cross the Atlantic in 1927 from Le Bourget. There is, in fact, a real plane hanging outside of the restaurant! The last one is the La Terrasse Kleber, the largest enclosed terrace in Paris serving snacks and small food throughout the whole day.
I am usually very fussy about service. But in The Peninsula Paris, the service is impeccable. Not overly friendly or personal, but extremely professional, helpful and knowledgeable.
Overall I think this hotel is truly amazing and would go back there in a heart beat. If you can’t decide whether to stay in uber luxurious Plaza Athenee (a Parisian classic, which I also love) or here, I would recommend you to try this one for sure.
And if you ever decide to go or you have already been, let me know what you do you think