The Peninsula Paris – History of the Belle-Epôque Restored

The Peninsula Paris made history when it opened its doors on August 1, 2014. It became the first hotel in Europe for the Hong Kong based, ultra-luxurious Peninsula Group. But it wasn't the first time the building itself made history. It first opened as the Hotel Majestic in 1908 and was the hotel of choice for celebrities of the Jazz Age. In fact, it was at the Majestic that George Gershwin wrote An American in Paris.

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During the Nazi occupation of Paris the building (by then owned by a French government ministry) was seized by the German military high command and used as its headquarters. A few years later, in his second floor office, German General Stülpnagel hatched the failed plot to assassinate Hitler in 1944. In what is now the Bar Kléber (see the photo below) the Paris Peace Accord was signed by Vietnam and the US in 1973. Finally, our favorite fictional French detectie, Inspector Maigret, solved a case at the Hotel Majestic in a book called, appropriately, Maigret at the Hotel Majestic.

What You Can Expect at The Peninsula Paris

You can expect attention to historic detail, unmatched service and a hotel where everything is brand-spanking new! What with all the wear and tear the building sustained over the decades, it took Peninsula almost six years to restore it to its former glory, even though the originally building took only two years to build in 1908! The attention to detail will astound you.

There is a useful variety of rooms and suites to choose from, starting with Superior Rooms, at 375 square feet (a very good size for a basic room in Paris), which feature the decorating details and modern amenities found throughout the hotel, and going up to the 3400-square-foot Peninsula Suite (which the hotel claims is the largest 1-bedroom suite in Paris, and we believe them!) with separate bedroom, bathroom, dressing room, office, and even dining room! All suites and rooms are equipped with cutting-edge technology.

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There are six dining areas at The Peninsula Paris, but the most spectacular is the rooftop restaurant, L’Oiseau Blanc. It's already being called the most romantic spot in Paris. In addition to impeccable food and flawless service there is a view of the Eiffel Tower unmatched at any other hotel.

The Peninsula Spa is probably the most luxurious among Paris hotels. It boasts a very large, heated indoor pool, two jacuzzis, eight private treatment room, and an Asian-inspired design that is perfectly conducive to relaxation.

The Peninsula Paris is is a three-minute walk from the l'Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysées with easy access to everything else you want to see in Paris. It's even easier — the hotel keeps two Rolls-Royces and two Mini Cooper Clubmans (Clubmen?) to transport you to the Parisian destination of your choice.

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Paris Insiders Rating — Superb
Free WIFI (Yay!)
19 avenue Kleber
16th Arrondissement

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