Peninsula Paris – redefining luxury

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.

Peninsula Paris lions - Luxury Columnist
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.

Peninsula Paris lobby restaurant - Luxury Columnist
We started with a visit to its beautiful Art Deco exhibition on the ground floor.

Art Deco Exhibition - Luxury Columnist
There were some stunning art deco antiques on display.

Peninsula Paris Art Deco statue - Luxury Columnist
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.

Diamond Necklace sculpture - Luxury Columnist
The marquetry on this Art Deco desk is fabulous.

Art Deco desk - Luxury Columnist
Art Deco sculpture - Luxury Columnist
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.

Peninsula Paris lobby - Luxury Columnist
The lobby displays works from the Peninsula’s art collection, including sculptures by Xavier Corbero, Ben Jakober and Natahlie Decoster.

Moon River - Xavier Corbero - Luxury Columnist
We stopped to take a look at Lili’s Cantonese restaurant.

Peninsula Paris Lili Restaurant - Luxury Columnist

Lili at Peninsula Paris - Luxury Columnist
Lili - Luxury Columnist
Then we made our way to the rooftop bar, L’Oiseau Blanc (the White Bird). You get quite a surprise when you exit the lift – there is a plane suspended outside the window!

Peninsula Paris aircraft - Luxury Columnist
It’s a true oasis of calm on the roof terrace.

Oiseau Blanc roof terrace - Luxury Columnist
The views from the rooftop are amazing, you can see all the way across to Montmartre.

L'Oiseau Blanc view - Luxury Columnist
And you also get a perfect view of the Eiffel Tower.

Looking forward to seeing the bedrooms on a future visit!
Read part 1 of my Parisian adventure here, to discover the 5 best shopping districts

Peninsula Paris, 19 avenue Kléber, 75116 Paris, France