Image: Jerome d'Almeida
October 01 2010
In the sixth arrondissement in Paris, at La Belle Juliette (first picture; www.chicretreats.com; from €300), the conceit is 19th-century intimacy and opulence in equal measure, inspired by Juliette Recamier, the famous literary salonnière. Some of the 34 diminutive rooms test the limits of the descriptive “cosy”, but the rich palette and meticulous furnishings (all the books were specially sourced by local antiquarian Pascal Trovero, for instance) should more than compensate.
Meanwhile, on the Avenue Foch, Raffles has been thinking very big. Le Royal Monceau (second picture; www.raffles.com; from €730), the legendary palace hotel into which Qatari Diar has breathed new life after a two-year closure, began accepting bookings last week. The talents involved include designer Philippe Starck (who reimagined its 149 rooms and suites) and pastry master Pierre Hermé (who created a new menu of patisseries for the five restaurants and cafés).