Holidays in France: Review of the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris located near the Champs-Elysées
The French abolished their monarchy in 1792 – but they certainly still know a thing or two about royal life.
A point underlined with aplomb by the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris, which occupies a 19th century private mansion a stone’s throw from the Champs-Élysées and the Parisian house of President Macron, the 365-room Palais de l’Élysée.
Great company. But the Splendide Royal held firm. It only has 12 suites, a lounge and a restaurant, but it’s exquisite – a pocket palace.
Ted’s accommodation at the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris was the Elysee Suite (pictured)
Ted describes the Elysee Suite as a “700 square foot haven of quiet elegance, soothing luxury with regal flourishes”. Pictured is the suite’s living room
The Hotel Splendide Royal Paris, pictured, occupies a 19th-century mansion a stone’s throw from the Champs-Élysées and the 365-room Élysée Palace
My partner and I, along with our four-year-old daughter, spent the night in the fourth-floor Elysée Suite (room 401), which would get the royal seal of approval from King Louis XVI and any French monarch before him. citation.
It was a 700 square foot haven of hushed elegance, soothing luxury with regal flourishes – think ornate lampshades, oil paintings and fine furniture ornaments – and hues which changed from white to cream to gold.
The first thing to do was to soak it all up by lying on the plush sofa in the living room and drinking champagne offered as part of the check-in process.
This area contained a toilet and a large wall-mounted television, as well as a kitchenette complete with a sink, microwave, Nespresso machine, and refrigerator.
By the sofa was a mini wine fridge stocked with even more champagne and fine wines, including two classy Italian reds – Montepulciano and Barolo (70 and 100 euros respectively, although they cost around £25 and £42) .
The living room contained a toilet and a large wall-mounted TV, as well as a kitchenette complete with a sink, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine and fridge.
Marble-ous: this image shows the dressing room, which leads to an opulent bathroom
The en-suite marble-clad bathroom includes Lorenzo Villoresi toiletries, marshmallow bathrobes, double sinks, a separate (most invigorating) shower (rain plus hose) and another separate toilet.
Ted says his bedroom ‘would get the royal seal of approval from King Louis XVI and any French monarch before him’
The adjoining bedroom housed a mammoth bed covered in fine linens and to the left a walk-in closet with double wardrobes leading to a marble bathroom with Lorenzo Villoresi toiletries, marshmallow bathrobes, double sinks, a (most invigorating ) separate shower (rain plus hose) and another separate toilet.
In many ways, a pocket palace within a pocket palace.
Also, the in-room Wi-Fi was in a class of its own – all we had to do was select “Wi-Fi Room 401” for instant access to a turbo-charged signal. No connection. No password.
Ted’s summary of his quarters? “A pocket palace within a pocket palace”
Pictured is the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris’ Italian restaurant, Tosca. This is also the place for breakfast
On the ground floor is the hotel’s famous Italian restaurant, Tosca. Unfortunately it was closed when we visited for the night, but we were able to settle into the sumptuous venue for breakfast, which was a joy.
Pains au chocolat and croissants were offered in a basket and sipping a superbly smooth coffee, I perused the menu, which explained the provenance of the dishes on offer.
The bread and pastries come from a local Parisian baker, the jams are from Lise Bienaime at La Chambre aux Confitures, the tea from Dammann Freres (King Louis XIV, I hear, granted Sir Damame the “exclusive privilege” to sell tea in France in 1692). And the milk? It is from the cooperative dairy of Verneuil thanks to cows raised on the pastures of the “beautiful Touraine”.
Ted describes the hotel staff as having impeccable manners. In the photo, the “refined” living room
The hotel’s Wi-Fi, Ted enthuses, is “in a class of its own.” In his room, no username or password was needed. In the photo, the living room
Rooms at the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris cost from £520 a night for a Saint Honoré Junior Suite
Mouth-watering: A dish served at Tosca
Quality products – and I can also vouch for the cheese omelette concocted by the chef.
The service, meanwhile, was faultless – our impeccably polite waitress and waiter. Young, but their ways were from another era.
The front desk staff also showed old-fashioned courtesy, standing behind desks during conversation and helping to make this polished hotel impossible not to fall in love with.
Splendidly royal indeed.
Ted was hosted by Hotel Splendide Royal Paris, 18 Rue du Cirque, where rooms cost from £520 a night for a Saint Honoré Junior Suite for two adults. Rooms can be reserved through Booking.com.
Eurostar operates from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare Du Nord. The fastest journey time from London to Paris is 2h15. Tickets are available on www.eurostar.com.
Ted used the superb Blacklane chauffeur service to get to St Pancras International. It has a brilliantly user-friendly reservation system and operates in over 200 cities around the world. Visit www.blacklane.com/en.