Grand Hotel du Palais Royal Paris – An Essential Parisien Address
August 3, 2018
When you feel like the real live comic book character of Steve Martin from Trains, Planes and Automobiles, you know your impending terrible journey is going to be one of movie tale legends, but let’s forget about that and instead talk about our magical oasis which was the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal in Paris.
Starving and physically destroyed following terrible delays, we headed into the dreamlike sanctuary of the 5-star Grand Hotel du Palais Royal Hotel in Paris. We felt like two dishevelled desert wanderers and the uncomfortable arduous 12-hour trip felt like we had been traveling for days. If we travelled by plane, we could have been in Singapore by now!
Greeted by the nicest staff in the world, the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal was a dream. With a corner enclave a step away from the Palais-Royal (where King Louis XIV learned to ride horses) and across from the Louvre, the hotel is intimate and chic. Designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, the hotel is a small jewel perfectly positioned in the heart of the City of Lights. With an iron staircase, natural light and a great big Hermes orange vintage luggage piece which actually holds guests’ luggage, the hotel is elegant and stylish.
The kind staff led our weary feet to the wonderful chef barman Romain within the bar next to the Lulli restaurant, which they kept open especially for us. We dined on a huge feast: French onion soup, cheese and tomato pizza, a bacon, egg and chicken club sandwich, a simple pasta and desserts of cheese and a hazelnut dessert with mousse. Served alongside Saint Emilion red wine then Frangelico, our 1am dining experience was heavenly.
Ushered straight upstairs, we entered the doorway to our private elevator onto the 7th floor of our Suite Panoramic. The 180 degree view of the Parisian city was like the ending of Nicole Kidman’s Chanel number 5 advert. With the dark night and stars looking onto the Eiffel tower and Sacre-Coeur. The interior was contemporary with light oak flooring, Calcatta marble bathroom with a rainforest shower and bathtub full of sumptuous Dyptique products.
An even more generous touch was a bottle of Moet & Chandon Brut alongside homemade vanilla and pistachio macaroons, madeleines and an assortment of fresh fruit. Was this but a dream?
We slept soundlessly in the pure white damask linen sheets.
The next day, we went to meet with some friends in the Marais then headed to the Tour de France VIP area to meet with the Bahrain Tourism board and Gulf Air. As an onlooker of the Tour de France, the event was enormous with cheering fans from every edge of Paris watching as the stead worthy cyclists made their way to the finish line.
We had booked a relaxing dinner at La Reserve’s terrace in La Pagode de Cos. The entrance to the hotel is a grand maroon red door that leads onto further dark red, gold and black furnishing. We were seated in an open air ground floor terrace surrounded by dimly lit candlelight, the warm air, and a view of the floor-to-ceiling glass library which leads to a private honesty room where hotel guests can make their own Louis XIII Cognac drinks.
Sunken in large white cushioned seats, we were immediately at ease and served an aperitive of ice cold champagne and a mackerel pate amuse bouche. Fresh crusty bread and olive oil ensued as we had gorgeous starters. The cold burrata, tomato, large caper, prosciutto and balsamic appetizer was delicate and light. The fatty chunks of red tuna tartare with sesame seeds, spring onion and coriander had a yummy Asian twist. My boyfriend had great big shavings of matured Parmesan over pesto penne pasta. The polite waiter then offered us their house wine made by the hotel owner’s family – Les Pagodes de Cos Saint-Estephe which was a lovely light red. My main course was a generous portion of steak tartare served alongside salad and double cooked chips. My boyfriend opted for the hearty beef skewers satay with creamy butter whipped mashed potatoes. I was incredibly stuffed with this gorgeous food but we still managed to polish off delicate chocolate and caramel crêpes and a delicious coffee éclair.
Returning to the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, we enjoyed our bottle of Moet on the terrace overlooking the Eiffel tower surrounded by the warmth of the summer night.
As someone once said, every cloud has a silver lining and this moment of clarity, relaxation and luxury was credited fully to our wonderful heroes at the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal. I couldn’t recommend them enough.
Written by Jessica Patterson for Luxuria Lifestyle International