Arrival at the hotel
I knew the Prince de Galles for a while but never really had the opportunity to stay there. I went to the brunch several times 25 years ago. It was already a place to be, all made of luxury and refinement. At that time, I wish I could stay there one day. Was really curious to take the elevator and discover the guest rooms. In my mind, the elevator was like a door leading to a hidden paradise.
So last night, this childhood dream became true. And I can tell you that I haven’t been disappointed. This really crossed any expectation I could have had… When you arrive, the valet will pick up your luggage and park your car which is quite convenient in the George V Avenue. Then, you are completely free to enjoy the start of your stay.
You don’t need to worry any more about your luggage, they will arrive in your guest room later on. The front desk was quite crowded when we arrived but we didn’t have to wait, they called additional staff from the back office to make sure that we wouldn’t wait. Then the duty manager came out of the back office to welcome us. And the desk agent escorted us to our room.
The first idea that comes in mind when entering the hotel is the impressive beauty of the place. It blends today sophisticated elegance with the historic Art Deco style. Makassar wood, different kind of marbles, tones of black and gold enhance the iconic 1928 architecture : so beautiful!
The Makassar Suite
Our suite was located on the 8th floor which is the top floor of the Prince de Galles hotel. It is a Makassar suite. Once you enter the suite, you realize that you’ll live a really special experience. The Makassar Suite is a pure enchantment!
The front door leads to the living room as a part of a large wall fully covered with Makassar wood, really nice contrast with the rest of the beige living room colors. The living room features a sitting area with a large sofa, a glass table and a comfortable chair. The minibar can be found in a very elegant cabinet again made of Makassar wood. It also includes a Nespresso machine. Next to it, two discreet swinging doors open on a lovely bathroom with a rain shower, toilets and a sink. Really convenient if you have some guests.
On the other side of the living room, a French window open on a large 20-25 sqm (215-269 sqft) terrace. It includes a table with 3 chairs. The terrace has a view above the inner Art Deco courtyard. We had really good time on the terrace. It is so nice and quiet. You won’t really feel like being in Paris while you are in the middle of the Triangle d’Or. This gives you an idea on how exclusive this place is.
After the living room, here is the bedroom. The bed is really large, more than 2 meters! It brings all the comfort you may imagine. The bed linen is delicately embroidered with The Prince de Galles emblem. Next of the bed, here are the large sycamore wood dressing and the access to the main bathroom. Like the living room, the bed room combines Parisian elegance with exotic and Art Deco touches.
The bathroom entrance has an area with a luxurious dressing table. Then we have the two sinks, a large bathtub and another area with a rain shower, toilets and bidet. We really enjoyed the bathroom design. The walls are dressed with nice mosaics like black and gold glass pastes. The floors feature bright luxurious Saint Laurent marble. The harmony between the walls and the floors is perfect. Amenities come from the Bulgari house and are generously dispatched in the two bathrooms, top notch!
Swinging doors open and close the two bathrooms and the dressing cabinet. This effect enhances the precious aspect of them, like a jewelry box would do. And rare event in Paris, the daylight is the guest of honor at the main bathroom thanks to two windows. A discreet night light may be let on the bathroom. This is the kind of detail that signs the rooms of exception.
Few minutes after our arrival in the room, our luggage arrived and at the same time, someone came in to bring a bottle of fresh Champagne and a box containing a squared bar of chocolate branded with the Prince de Galles facade, nice welcome gifts! Also, a fresh bouquet of white roses was set on the table. Fresh flowers were also set in the two bathrooms. The hotel manager came to our suite later in the day to check if everything was ok. This gives an idea on the level of care The Prince de Galles has for the guests. The Makassar suite decoration is only made with luxurious materials and furniture, from the floor to the ceiling! The carpet is really thick and soft. Then the colors of the Makassar wood, the Saint Laurent marble, the drapes and silk curtains all reinforce this feeling of refinement and luxury.
Exigent travelers of today will enjoy the technologies such as the two large flat screen TV sets (one in the bed room and the other in the living room) and the Bose station.
The breakfast is delivered at the bar, Les Heures. You have several options that you can order and then they are delivered at the table. The continental breakfast includes a basket of delightful Viennese pastries, a hot drink, a fresh fruit juice, toasted French baguette and a selection of jams. It is way enough for a good start in the day but if you need more, you can get more. A lot of salty and sweet options are available à la carte.
We really enjoyed this moment at the bar. The decoration of the place is both sophisticated and warm. Several lamps evoking the famous plume adorn the luxurious marble walls. A huge black and white carpet covers a part of the original floor tiles. Touches from Africa are harmoniously dispatched on the place. So chic and cozy!
In addition of this singular and marvelous set up, you’ll be impressed by the bar and the chandelier enlightening it.
Later, we came back at the Bar, Les Heures for lunch. As in the morning, the staff is really friendly and professional. They will make everything they can to make it right. The browned fillets of red mullet with zucchini marmalade have a really fine taste with perfect harmony of the savors. Then the organic Angus rib steak with Béarnaise sauce was a good piece of meat. To complete this, we had nice ice cream (cherry and strawberry) and delicious macaroons. Everything was good with nice service. The cuisine prepared by Stéphanie Le Quellec is well balanced with fine taste.
We have also enjoyed the Prince de Galles tea time in the courtyard. The Patio is definitely a place to be. It seems to be a haven of peace at the heart of Paris. If you look around, you might be impressed by the mosaic details of the whole facade. The tea time consists on a salty and sweet selection. The Croque Monsieur was the best we ever had! It was an enchantment both for the palate and the eyes.
Last but not least, we had a dinner in our Makassar Suite. We thought it would be perfect to share a dinner on our terrace and it was! This is really a romantic experience. Our table was dressed with a white tablecloth. The hamburger with French fries was sweet. The meat quality was perfect and the bread used while not so common was a right choice. Then the chicken breast was perfectly cooked with a nice sauce. It came with mashed potatoes, really soft taste.
So overall, the food quality at the Prince de Galles is perfect, no fail!
There is a fitness center located on the -1 level of the hotel. It is well furnished with modern equipment. Next to it, there is the wellness suite. It is a unique concept imagined by Olivier Lecocq. This is a private area featuring a massage table, a large shower and a hammam. This allows enjoying a full spa experience in a privatized area.
For shopping and visiting, the Prince de Galles is the perfect place too. It stands close to the World most beautiful avenue : The Champs Elysées.
Check-out was as smooth and friendly as the check-in. When I got to the valet to ask for my car, he recognized me directly and greeted me with my name. This really is a detail but when you go to place like this, they usually make the difference with these kinds of details, among a lot of others special touches of luxury, refinement and top level service.
So we had a fabulous one day stay at the Prince de Galles hotel in Paris, feeling like exclusive guests in an exclusive place both steeped with history and in a warm and caring atmosphere. The only problem we had was that it was too short! What a nice experience, like a dream that comes true.