Courtesy Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection hotel
The hottest selfie of past Paris Fashion Week wasn’t with Naomi Campbell after one of her various catwalk appearances, or before a feast at Caviar Kaspia, or even at one of French band Yelle’s concerts. at La Cigale. It was in front of an 185-year-old architectural marvel that looked more trendy than ever thanks to the late artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. They had imagined the Arc de Triomphe draped from top to bottom in fabric, like one of the models that adorn the catwalks of this fashion capital, and even after Christo’s death in 2020, the project continued to fulfill its wishes. last wishes. When it finally opened in September, the already busy tourist attraction was besieged by onlookers and fans of the artists, making it difficult for many, especially New Yorkers visiting Paris for the first time since. almost two years, to get closer to the neoclassical world. wonder. I had a unique advantage, however; I happened to be staying at the Prince of Wales, itself an architectural gem in the so called Golden Triangle which is a twelve minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe. Whenever I wanted the Arc for myself, I would wake up early and go for a walk. Location is just one of the hallmarks that set this venerable property apart, one of two in France that are part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, but don’t sleep on its Art Deco flourishes, cutting-edge cuisine and, above all, a concierge team that is to say, to borrow a word, extraordinary.
The Prince of Wales’ signature room is the Lalique Suite. Tell me what makes it special.
Designed by Patrick Hellmann, the suite is nestled on the 8th floor and has been designed as a modern interpretation of the hotel’s Art Deco lines, which are the very symbol of glamorous celebrations French-style. Personalized interior design can be seen in everything from bedside lamps to crystal inlays on coffee and dining tables. Additionally, many of the items on display were handcrafted specifically for the Prince of Wales. Besides the Lalique Suite itself, there is also a terrace and a breathtaking view of the whole city of Paris, including the Eiffel Tower.
What’s the starting price for the suite and what kind of guest packages can you build around it?
The Lalique Suite is available from 15,000 euros per night and can be connected to two bedrooms to create a larger suite. Customers who book Suite Lalique also benefit from a free Lalique special gift, a private cocktail with our bartender in the suite’s dining room, and free round-trip airport transfers.
Just two years ago, the Prince of Wales celebrated his 90th birthday. This story is probably one of the reasons the hotel is one of two hotels in France to be part of Marriott’s Luxury Collection, which includes some of the oldest and largest hotels in the world. What does this distinction mean for you and for your guests?
The Prince of Wales is a Deluxe House, designed as a residence for the most discerning travelers who seek an elegant and intimate environment in the most desirable area of the city. Art Deco treasure prized for its warm atmosphere, the hotel stands out from other Parisian hotels by the place for local and international guests to experience residential luxury and unparalleled service.
What feature do you think first-time visitors will find surprising? The remarkable mosaics on the garden terrace caught my attention, for example.
Indeed, the historic patio mosaics are stunning, as well as the original crystal glass wall sconces from our new restaurant, Akira Back. Over the decades and despite multiple renovations, these impressive wall lights are still there, as a true witness of our Art Deco heritage.
Prince de Galles is located in what is called the Golden Triangle, a fabulous place whether you are in Paris on business, like me, or for pleasure. What sites, shops and restaurants should visitors visit?
To name but a few, avenue George V with its flagship Hermès and Louis Vuitton stores, avenue Montaigne for designer boutiques, as well as the Concept Store Galeries Lafayette Champs-Elysées, completely different from the department store. historical. As far as sites and museums are concerned, I would definitely recommend the Arc de Triomphe, the Galliera museum (conserving some of the richest fashion collections in the world estimated today at nearly 200,000 works), the Saint- Laurent (mix of retrospectives and temporary thematic exhibitions), the Guimet Museum (National Museum of Asian Arts), the City of Architecture and Heritage and the Petit Palais (Paris Museum of Fine Arts). Finally, the Museum of Modern Art and the Palais de Tokyo, where you will find three lively restaurants among the best in Paris.
Now the hotel itself has two signature restaurants, one that has recently had a facelift and one that is about to open, which you alluded to earlier. Tell us about this, and other major initiatives for 2022?
Akira Back is an innovative restaurant concept never seen before in Europe. Chef Back adds a sense of adventure to his culinary creations. Its menus are a melting pot of culture, which presents each guest with their stories and expressions that can be appreciated and enjoyed on a personal level. Today’s customers aren’t just looking for food and drink; they want to have an experience, which is why I like to talk about F & B & E more than F&B.
I know from personal experience that your concierge does the impossible, like a last minute table at Loulou’s, which happens to be at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Are there any special experiences that guests should ask for upon arrival?
We tailor each experience to specific customer requirements; the motto of our Clef d’Or Concierge team is: as long as it is legal, we do our best to do it!
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