Filled with playful touches like Starck-designed furniture, acoustic guitars, and claw-foot tubs.
Pierre Bermond and André Junot dominated the luxe French hotel market when they opened Le Royal Monceau Paris in 1928. Starring architecture by Louis Duhayon, the building—an elegant Haussmann-style hôtel particulier in the Eighth Arrondissement—attracted such celebs as Coco Chanel and Maurice Chevalier in its heyday. After a contemporary revamp by Philippe Starck, it is just as enthralling a setting. An on-site art gallery, art bookstore, and art concierge make the hotel an epicenter for the cutting-edge. At the same time, the spa My Blend by Clarins is decidedly swank, boasting the longest pool in the city. The 149 rooms and suites are filled with playful touches like Starck-designed furniture, acoustic guitars, and claw-foot tubs. The suites, however, such as the 1940s- and 50s-inspired Prestige or the three-bedroom Katara Presidential, with its custom-made linens and private fitness area, are particularly special. Among the roster of eateries, consider the glass conservatory of Il Carpaccio or the Terrace, a garden with a bench-surrounded pond and an oversized teapot installation by artist Joana Vasconcelos.