The Peninsula Paris is possibly the most talked about new hotel this year. It opened its doors on 1 August 2014, after a £600 million spend on the project. Originally the Hotel Majestic, constructed in 1908, it’s housed in a late 19th century French building. It’s located a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe at 19 Avenue Kleber. The impressive entrance is guarded by two stone lions.
Previously the German army headquarters in the Second Wold War, it was then owned by the French Foreign Ministry before being purchased by The HongKong and Shanghai Hotels and Qatar’s Katara Hospitality. We made our way past the Kleber cafe terrace and opulent lobby restaurant. Both these areas give the hotel a certain buzz as people go to and fro.
There were some stunning art deco antiques on display.
The exhibition is under a rotunda, displaying a breathtaking sculpture by Jitka Kamencová Skuhravá. Named Diamond Necklace, it comprises 3 oval rings in the shape of a crystal pearl necklace.
The marquetry on this Art Deco desk is fabulous.
From here we headed to the spacious hotel lobby – its entrance is on the side of the hotel, giving hotel guests a certain privacy. The check-in area has an amazing crystal artwork by Lasvit designer Ludek Hroch. It’s made of 800 hand-blown glass sycamore leaves to evoke a gust of wind.
The lobby displays works from the Peninsula’s art collection, including sculptures by Xavier Corbero, Ben Jakober and Natahlie Decoster.
We stopped to take a look at Lili’s Cantonese restaurant.
Looking forward to seeing the bedrooms on a future visit!
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Peninsula Paris, 19 avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris, France