Travel: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

Swerving along the streets of Paris after a long flight, we all long for a bed to rest our heads. A place to feel relaxed and pampered – like a better version of a home away from home. Fortunately, the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal exists to provide you with exactly that.

Another stunning property offered via the Kiwi Collection, this boutique hotel is a member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World and the first to receive a four star ranking in the Forbes Travel Guide two years in a row (out of hotels in Paris). Located on a corner merely steps from the Palais Royal (a splendor of stunning historical architecture), the Louvre and the Tuileries garden, it lives amongst the world of artisans and artists that run along the rue saint-honore neighborhood merging the old and new together and since their opening four years ago, they’ve continued to meld the historical Parisian architecture with modern amenities, into one beautifully standing 5-star hotel.

The first thing you may notice, other than the grandeur and beauty of the 18th century mansion you’ve just stepped into, as well as the beautiful opal and cream-colored marble lobby, is the staff. Excited to welcome and whisk you away to one of their beautifully curated suites, they’re young yet extremely professional and appear almost hungry to please the guests. Their energy is contagious (even to this very sleepy traveler) and Simon, the front desk manager, put it best, “some people don’t like that we’re such a young team, they think we lack expertise, but we don’t.” There is clearly a great pride that they have in their work which helps them to excel in helping with the tiniest details, from the precision of room service orders to a concierge that will stop at nothing to help you plan the perfect Parisian day.

Next up are the rooms and suites. 66 of them to be exact. Each boasting sustainable living habits (earning them yet another award) yet filled with the finest materials, (oak flooring, Calacatta marble bathrooms, Zuber wall-coverings, Tai Ping rugs and spacious walk-in closets with plenty of storage space). They were created to provide a feeling of apartment living, and whether you’re taking in one of the many breathtaking views from either your juliette balcony or the absolute jewel of the hotel, the panoramic view from the panoramic suite, or cozying up in your uber plush bed, they allow for your shoulders to go down and for your body to fully relax after a long day of exploring the city of lights.

Taking his first plunge into boutique hotels, the famous Pierre-Yves Rochon put his luxurious and Parisian chic touch on designing and decorating each room as well as the hotel as a whole. Utilizing his teams of artisans and unique eye, each piece of furniture was crafted specifically for the hotel, with one-of-a-kind pieces nestled into each nook and cranny.

Then of course, there’s the food. From the lovely petite cocktail bar at the end of the main hall with a very serious mixology program to the beautiful “winter garden” restaurant, Le Lili, it’s all run by executive chef Clement Le Norcy, whose acclaimed past had him working within numerous Michelin star kitchens, you know you’re in for a serious treat no matter the time of day.

The dishes themselves are artistically composed and land in front of you in a beautiful display, bursting with in-season local ingredients, which means a menu that can change at a moments notice. There’s beautifully steamed monkfish or unctuous herbed lamb chops, tantalizing meringues and quintessential caesar salads, all done with a fine dining hand allowing for your eyes to close and truly enjoy every single bite.

Breakfast can be quite an experience in Paris, drawn out for hours or on the opposite end, a pastry and coffee to go, but the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal seems to have found the perfect middle ground of the two. Optionally included in your stay, with it you receive an expansive spread of things to choose from. Delights like crepes, museli, nuts and figs, fresh fruit and preserves, smoked salmon w/ dill and lemon, and a variety of charcuterie and freshly baked bread. There are also eggs ‘a la minute’ (as all eggs should be prepared) that can be requested from the staff along with any beverage to your liking. They work quickly and diligently and with most of the dishes available for you to serve yourself, you can easily be in and out with a full meal in under 20 minutes or linger and relax for an hour or more.

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Jillian Magenheim is the Editorial Director and Director of Partnerships for OliviaPalermo.com. She is also a digital media consultant for various fashion and beauty brands. You can follow her thoughts on Twitter @Magenhaz and on Instagram @jillianrose_m