November 15th, 2014 Hotels Paris Travel
The new Peninsula Hotel opened in Paris this year. After a $580 million renovation this palace is now ready for her debut… This is the first presence for the Peninsula brand in Paris. The building which had been neglected for decades was purchased by the Hong Kong based hotel group who spent four years painstaking bringing this historic building back to its original glory.
The story of the renovation is just incredible. The 100s of master craftsman that were engaged to restore the buildings paneling, mosaics, art, modeling, etc is truly breath taking. Many of these techniques are ancient and practically lost.
As you enter the lobby you are greeted by an exquisite glass sculpture by LASVIT. The hand blow glass leaves wrap you in an eloquent zen effect. The light play off the floating glass leave is magical.
The contrast of the contemporary art and accents against the traditional French backdrop is handled perfectly. The Spanish sculpture from artist XAVIER CORBERO (Luna De Rio–Moon River) took 6 months to complete.
The lobby lounge is a great place to get a bite to eat. Recharge as you soak in all the beautiful details. If you are more interested in a glass of champagne or a cocktail you can try the Kleber Bar, off to the left of the entrance. The wood work in this bar is incredibly rich and detailed, oak paneling with gold molding.
The restaurant and bar L’oiseau Blanc (the white bird) at the top of the Peninsula has some of the most spectacular views on the Eiffel Tower. The aviation-themed interior celebrates flying aces Charles Nungesser and François Coli who attempted to cross the Atlantic in 1927 from Le Bourget.
For those of you who love design, the Chinese restaurant Lili on the first floor is also quite impressive. The space is rich with color and detail on the ceilings and walls are worth a look see.