The French have abolished their monarchy, but this exquisite 12-room ‘pocket-palace’ hotel near the Champs-Elysees in Paris shows they still know how to live like royalty
- Hotel Splendide Royal Paris occupies a 19th-century mansion house – and has just 12 suites and a restaurant
- Ted Thornhill checked in and stayed in the fourth-floor Suite Elysee, ‘a haven of hushed elegance’
- His review highlights the room’s regal flourishes, the lightning-fast Wi-Fi and the impeccably polite staff
- Read on for more and discover why he awards the property full marks…
The French abolished their monarchy in 1792 – but they certainly still know a thing or two about living like royalty.
A point underscored with aplomb by Hotel Splendide Royal Paris, which occupies a 19th-century mansion house a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysees and President Macron’s Parisien home, the 365-room Elysee Palace.
Grand company. But the Splendide Royal holds its own. It only has 12 suites, a drawing room and a restaurant, but it’s exquisite – a pocket-palace.
Ted’s accommodation at the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris was the Suite Elysee (pictured)
Ted describes the Suite Elysee as a ‘700-square-foot haven of hushed elegance, soothingly luxurious with regal flourishes’. Pictured is the suite’s living room
Hotel Splendide Royal Paris, pictured, occupies a 19th-century mansion house a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysees and the 365-room Elysee Palace
My partner and I, and our four-year-old daughter, spent the night in the fourth-floor Suite Elysee (room 401), which would get the royal seal of approval from King Louis XVI and any French monarch before him you care to mention.
It was a 700-square-foot haven of hushed elegance, soothingly luxurious with regal flourishes – think ornate lampshades, oil paintings and beautiful furniture embellishments – and hues that ebbed from white to cream to gold.
The first order of business was to soak it all in while reclining on the plush sofa in the living room and quaffing Champagne offered as part of the checking-in process.
This area contained a loo and a big wall-mounted TV, plus a kitchenette complete with a sink, microwave, Nespresso machine and fridge.
By the sofa was a mini wine fridge stocked with yet more Champagne and fine wines, including two classy Italian reds – Montepulciano and Barolo (70 and 100 euros respectively, though they retail for around £25 and £42).
The living room contained a loo and a big wall-mounted TV, plus a kitchenette complete with a sink, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine and fridge
Marble-ous: This image shows the dressing room area, which leads through to an opulent en-suite
The marble-clad en-suite bathroom has Lorenzo Villoresi toiletries, marshmallow-soft robes, a double sink, a (most invigorating) separate shower (rain plus hose) and another separate loo
Ted says his room ‘would get the royal seal of approval from King Louis XVI and any French monarch before him’
The adjoining bedroom housed a mammoth bed smothered in fine linens and to the left a dressing room with double wardrobes leading to a marble-clad en-suite bathroom with Lorenzo Villoresi toiletries, marshmallow-soft robes, a double sink, a (most invigorating) separate shower (rain plus hose) and another separate loo.
In many ways, a pocket-palace within a pocket-palace.
What’s more, the Wi-Fi for the room was in a class of its own – all we had to do was select ‘Wi-Fi Room 401’ for instantaneous access to a full-fat turbo-charged signal. No sign-in. No password.
Ted’s summation of his quarters? ‘A pocket-palace within a pocket-palace’
Pictured here is Hotel Splendide Royal Paris’s Italian restaurant, Tosca. This is also the venue for breakfast
Downstairs is the hotel’s renowned Italian restaurant – Tosca. Sadly, it was shut when we visited for the night, but we did get to ensconce ourselves in the sumptuous venue for breakfast, which was a joy.
Pain au chocolat and croissants were offered from a basket and as I sipped a superbly smooth coffee I perused the menu, which explained the provenance of the fare on offer.
The bread and pastries come from a local Parisian baker, the jams are by Lise Bienaime at La Chambre aux Confitures, the tea by Dammann Freres (King Louis XIV, I learn, granted Sir Damame the ‘exclusive privilege’ to sell tea in France in 1692). And the milk? That’s from the Laiterie cooperative de Verneuil courtesy of cows raised on the pastures of the ‘beautiful Touraine region’.
Ted describes the staff at the hotel as having impeccable manners. Pictured here is the ‘refined’ drawing room
The Wi-Fi at the hotel, raves Ted, is ‘in a class of its own’. In his room no sign in or password was needed. Pictured is the drawing room
Rooms at Hotel Splendide Royal Paris cost from £520 a night for a Junior Suite Saint Honoré
Mouthwatering: A dish served at Tosca
Quality produce – and I can vouch for the cheese omelette whipped up by the chef, too.
The service, meanwhile, was faultless – our waitress and waiter impeccably polite. Young, but their manners were from another era.
The reception staff, too, displayed old-school courtesy, standing up behind the desk when making conversation and helping to make this fine-tuned hotel impossible not to fall for.
Splendide-ly royal indeed.
Ted was hosted by Hotel Splendide Royal Paris, 18 Rue du Cirque, where rooms cost from £520 a night for a Junior Suite Saint Honoré for two adults. Rooms can be booked via Booking.com.
Eurostar operates from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare Du Nord. The fastest London-Paris journey time is 2hr 15 minutes. Tickets are available from www.eurostar.com.
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