At 19 Avenue KlÃ©ber, in the 16th arrondissement in Paris, stands a building which has seen a lot of changes in its 106 year old life. The Hotel Majestic, built in 1908, has been used as offices for the French defense ministry, and during WWII, as the Germanyâ€™s high command HQ. In 1973, it was the site of the Paris Peace Accords signing, and in 1928, George Gershwin, while staying at the Majestic, wrote An American In Paris.
Today however, the former Hotel Majestic has undergone perhaps its biggest change to date, and itâ€™s thanks to the Peninsula Group investing around â‚¬800m (approx. $1,032,780,000) in order to entirely refurbish the building.
A stoneâ€™s throw from the Arc de Triomphe, the Peninsular Paris features a glass portico and Chinese lions at its entrance, and is decorated in elegant neutral tones in a style which successfully blends art deco and 21st century modernity. On the rooftop is lâ€™Oiseau Blanc, a bar and restaurant, which offers a spectacular view of the City of Light, while inside the hotel there are 166 spacious rooms and 34 suites, each with a complimentary mini bar and nail-dryer in the walk-in dressing room. Each room and suite is more akin to an apartment, and has a bathroom with a luxuriously large black marble bathtub, complete with a splash-proof TV, touchscreen-controlled lighting, and a spa function. In addition, all accommodation comes with a tablet to control the curtains, main TV, lighting, and temperature. And it goes without saying that free Internet is included.
If that isnâ€™t enough, Montmartre-themed afternoon tea is held in the lobby, where mini-baguette sandwiches may be washed down with MoÃ«t & Chandon while listening to accordion players. So very ooh la la!
One of the largest and most opulent hotels in the city today, the Peninsular Paris re-opened on August 1st.0