THE HIP HOTSPOT: LE ROYAL MONCEAU
What’s the lowdown?: Philippe Starck has put his distinctive stamp on the revamped Le Royal Monceau, dedicating it to design with a gallery, fashion boutique-cum-concept store and an art/architecture bookshop. This unconventional space even has an art concierge service, offering tailor-made creative tours of Paris.
Design concept: Starck has been inspired by the family home, filling the hotel’s rooms and public spaces with quirky nick-nacks. From its Sicilian Baroque Il Carpaccio restaurant to the Nikolay Polissky indoor installation of life-size wooden deer, no two parts of this hotel are the same: simply expect the unexpected.
Steal the style: The bedrooms incorporate fine materials and warm colours with Alice in Wonderland twists. “They offer contemporary Parisian style through a fusion of statement antique pieces and playful modern touches,” says Daniel Szelényi of luxury hotel group Kiwi Collection.
The bed takes centre stage, cleverly dividing the room into a sleeping and seating space. Team the Altruna Hamburg faux leather bed (£162.99; wayfair.co.uk) with Anne de Solène’s crisp white Sonate linen (fabiia.com) and a Pied à Terre Shell Stripe spread (£140; houseoffraser.co.uk).
Position Dwell’s Paris tan sofa (£1,195; dwell.co.uk) against the back of the headboard.
Starck plays with size, shape and reflection, so display oversized prints, such as Autoportrait from allposters.co.uk (£239.99) and mirrors such as the Takara Large Square (£90; heals.co.uk).
Star appeal: Jennifer Lopez, Natalie Portman and Cameron Diaz are among visitors. And Ray Charles once lived in what is now Suite 714.
Book in: from £551 a night; kiwicollection.com
THE SPLENDID SOJOURN: LE BRISTOL
What’s the lowdown?: this grand Parisian palace, which opened in 1925, was bought by the Oetker family in 1979. For the past three years Le Bristol has undergone an £80 million refurbishment, adding a new wing, La Prairie spa and the excellent 114 Faubourg brasserie. The three-Michelin star restaurant Epicure has been redesigned and the new Le Bar du Bristol finalises the revamp.
Design concept: hotel owner Maja Oetker has worked with designer Pierre-Yves Rochon to bring character and individuality to Le Bristol. Fine antique furniture, Gobelins tapestry and old master paintings acquired from an auction staged by the Louvre before the Second World War, form a breathtaking lobby. Pastel shades teamed with brighter emerald green and raspberry colours, Persian carpets and velvet fabrics are signature elements of Le Bristol’s décor.
Steal the style: for the dining room, the subtly extravagant restaurant Epicure offers a lesson in French chic. Staying away from imposing colour schemes, the Botticino marble flooring is refreshingly calm. Stonesuperstore.co.uk stocks the tiles for £29.90 a square metre.
Baccarat’s crystal chandelier sparkles with gold-leaf detail. But if your budget doesn’t stretch to £26,000, buy the Marie Antoinette chandelier from litecraft.co.uk at £236, or Debenhams’ Maple option (£199; debenhams.co.uk). Taillardat supplies to order Le Bristol’s eye-catching chairs, reproductions of 18th-century designs (price on application; taillardat.fr). Alexander and Pearl also stock fabulous French items, such as the Brera Fino Louis armchair (£425) or the Bedale Moon footstool (£395; alexanderandpearl.co.uk).
The Montfleury flowered curtains match Epicure’s look (£106 a metre; fabricsandpapers.com). Le Bristol also has fabulous fabrics from Pierre Frey (pierrefrey.com) and Nobilis (nobilis.fr). Epicure favours Raynaud dinnerware (raynaud.fr) for the finishing touch.
Star appeal: Glamorous guests have included Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Pablo Picasso, Mario Testino and Miranda Kerr. Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy are admirers of Epicure. And Woody Allen’s recent hit, Midnight in Paris, was filmed at Le Bristol.
Book in: from £670 a night; lebristolparis.com.
THE RELAXING RETREAT: MANDARIN ORIENTAL PARIS
What’s the lowdown: the haute-couture theme of this modern cocoon in a Thirties listed building on Rue Saint-Honoré, surrounded by fashion boutiques, is present throughout this alluring hotel.
Design concept: three leading creatives — architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, interior designer Sybille de Margerie and the innovative Agence Jouin-Manku — have worked on this joint project. Pictures and sketches by acclaimed American photographer Man Ray adorn the walls. And embroidery house Lesage, favoured by everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Christian Louboutin, designed a signature lobby fan.
Steal the style: living areas in suites are influenced by the elegance of fashion icons Madeleine Vionnet and Coco Chanel. Sybille de Margerie’s has given them a comfortable yet modern, soothing yet striking, ambience. Brighten Karsten Weigel’s Seed I beige modular sofa (£1,549; fashionforhome.co.uk) with burnt orange cushions (£163.20; yorkshiredesignassociates.co.uk), or try a velour option from homecolours.com (£51.70 for two).
Choose dark wood, pale lacquer or chrome furniture. A version of Le Corbusier’s LC4 Chaise Longue blends in well (£439; interioraddict.com), as does the Losange round- edge coffee table (£69.99; amazon.co.uk). If money is no object, fill the Black Hole Dycamore table (£24,000; makerseye.co.uk) with champagne.
Mandarin Oriental uses Stepevi rugs (approximately £256). Visit its London boutique in King’s Road (stepevi.com).
Finally, accessorise with a Bisley cabinet in orange (£199; johnlewis.com) or a Sweet Home magazine rack (£39.90; maisonsdumonde.com).
Star appeal: fans include Liam Neeson, Vanessa Mae and fashion designer Kenzo. And Usain Bolt recently raved about his stay at the Royale Mandarin suite.
Book in: from £600 a night; mandarin oriental.com/paris.