The Luxury Collection Hotels & Resorts, part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, reopened the doors of Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Paris, following a two-year restoration. The restoration, which brought the hotel back to its original Art Deco roots, is part of a larger strategy to invest more than $200 million in some of Starwood's Luxury Collection hotels throughout Europe, including Hotel Alfonso XIII in Seville and Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastian, which reopened in 2012, and most recently The Gritti Palace in Venice, which was unveiled in February 2013.
Situated in the Golden Triangle by Champs-Elysées, Prince de Galles has been a jewel on Avenue George V since its opening in 1928. Originally designed by architect André Arfvidson, the two-year restoration project was led by French designers Pierre-Yves Rochon and Bruno Borrione. In collaboration with ERTIM Architectes, the designers reimagined the hotel to harken back to the era of the Parisian Art Deco 1930s.
Prince de Galles offers residential luxury in each of the 115 guestrooms and 44 suites as well as in the hotel's public spaces, which Pierre-Yves Rochon designed to be reminiscent of a salon. These are adorned with black marble, Macassar ebony, armchairs, textiles inspired by the 1920s and a handcrafted chandelier by Delisle as the lobby's centerpiece.
Cloaked in celadon fabric, the guestrooms preserve the venue’s heritage. Rochon selected custom-designed Art Deco furniture and furnishings in Macassar ebony wood to contrast the Saint Laurent marble floors with mosaics created by Italian artisans.
The 23 Mosaic and 18 Macassar suites feature plush chairs and chaises lounges set against geometrically-patterned black Saint Laurent marble. The arabesques on the carpet are inspired by the mosaic scrolls surrounding the hotel's courtyard, visible from the windows. A Macassar work desk and a sycamore dressing room complete the residential ambience of the suites.
The two royal suites located on the hotel's seventh floor juxtapose traditional Parisian appeal with accents in black and gold, dark marble and leather, leopard-print armchairs and lacquered furniture. The Suite d'Or (Gold Suite) has a gold-leaf mural over the headboard created by French artist Manuela Paul-Cavallier and a boudoir inspired by some of the hotel's guests, while the Suite Saphir (Sapphire Suite), finished with beige and blue detailing, has a living room with Persian tailor-made rugs.
The hotel's L'Appartement Parisien two-story suite has a nearly 1,000 square foot terrace, with panoramic city views. The duplex spans more than 2,600 square feet and includes two bedrooms, two living rooms, a dining room and kitchen, all with design accents and an Art Deco inspired spiral staircase.
Executive chef Stéphanie Le Quellec collaborated with interior designer Bruno Borrione for the hotel's culinary offerings, the signature restaurant, La Scène, destination bar Les Heures, and the Patio with its Art Deco mosaics. Le Quellec has an open kitchen and chef's table, and white marble juxtaposing palissandre ebony to create a unique dining ambience.
Also designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, the hotel has a fitness center, a Wellness Suite by Olivier Lecocq with a hammam and an event space for celebrations hosting up to 70 people.
Starwood currently operates six hotels and resorts in France under five of its nine lifestyle brands. In addition to Prince de Galles, these hotels include The Westin Paris Vendome, Le Méridien Etoile, The Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel and W Paris - Opéra, which opened last year, all in the French capital; as well as Le Méridien Nice in the south for France.