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July 5, 2013

Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris Awarded Official Palace Distinction

By Chris Boyle

LeRoyalMonceau-RafflesParisThe luxury Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris has been granted the official “Palace Distinction” – one step higher than five stars – by Atout France, the French Agency for Tourism Development.

The glamorous Hoche hotel joins an elite band of just six Paris hotels to hold this highly coveted badge of distinction. It is also the only historic luxury hotel in the capital, which holds this status that has recently benefited from a top-to-toe renovation. 

Unique, colorful and elegantly sophisticated, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris epitomizes Parisian chic. It re-opened in 2010 after a two-year transformation by Philippe Starck, revealing brilliant, witty contemporary interiors infused with artistic flair. The vibrancy of les Années Folles of the late 1920s, when the hotel first opened, peopled by a cast of artists, intellectuals and adventurers, had been successfully recreated. 

Today, this spirit lives on, connecting the hotel’s heritage with its present and its future, alive and well in the modern art collection hung throughout the hotel, the Art Bookstore, the private Art Gallery and screening room, and the two restaurants with a Michelin star each. In a very distinct, creative ambience, the vision of a next-generation palace has been fulfilled.

General Manager Omer Acar said: “We are thrilled to be recognised as a palace hotel. I’d like to thank every single member of staff at the hotel, I know they have worked incredibly hard to get to this level – and they will continue to work hard to live up to it.

“I would also like to thank Raffles Hotels & Resorts and our owners Katara Hospitality for their continued support and strategic vision to make Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris a next-generation palace, and one of the very best hotels in the world.”

Mr Acar continued: “The “Palace Distinction” is not just about having bigger rooms, more facilities, higher standard of service – all of which we have. It’s about something more subtle.

“At Raffles, we believe in true emotional engagement with our guests. We call this ‘emotional luxury’ and I believe it is this quality that people look now for in a contemporary luxury hotel.”

After exhaustive research into a multitude of criteria, The Palace Commission jury highlighted the exceptional location of Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, just a short stroll from the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe, its glamorous heritage and the brilliant guest list which wrote its story: amongst them General Eisenhower, novelist Joseph Kessel, Walt Disney, several Indian maharajas, King Farouk of Egypt, the Aga Khan and, more recently, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Robert de Niro, Lou Reed, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sofia Coppola and Dustin Hoffman. 

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The jury also praised the excellent cooking by Executive Chef Laurent André at ‘La Cuisine’ and ‘Il Carpaccio’ – both of which were awarded one Michelin star earlier this year.

The judges were also particularly impressed by the hotel’s large number of suites, including some of the most expansive presidential suites in Paris, each one measuring in at an impressive 350 square meters.

25% off “Rise & Shine, with Raffles”: book your stay at the Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris and escape from it all with bed and breakfast for two at a very special rate, along with an additional 25% savings. Includes daily buffet breakfast at Restaurant La Cuisine, complimentary Wifi internet, and use of health, fitness and pool facilities of our Spa My Blend by Clarins (valid July 1 – August 31 and November 1-30, 2013).

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