It just so happened that our multigenerational family vacation in Paris earlier this year fell at the same time as Paris Fashion Week – when practically the entire City of Light turns into a runway show. Stylish Parisians and travelers descend on Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris – a 149-room property in the upscale eighth arrondissement – during the event, but with the help of GM Aaron Kaupp, we were able to land a few reservations. I’m thankful for three glorious days in Paris with my family, before we continued our French getaway in Provence. Here are five things we loved about our stay at Le Royal Monceau:


Le Royal Monceau’s iconic entrance. (Photo: Melanie Fowler)

1. The Entrance

Let’s be honest here, it’s OK to judge a hotel by its entrance, right? (At least a little bit.) Le Royal Monceau’s iconic red awning – bookended by French doormen – makes for a great “Bonjour, I’m in Paris!” Instagram post. Hotels lovers will recognize that “wow” feeling when they walk through the hotel’s grand entrance and into the well-designed lobby. The buzzworthy Le Bar Long is definitely a place to see and be seen during Fashion Week.

The hotel’s Philippe Starck-designed Long bar. (Photo: Melanie Fowler)

2. The Suites

My parents checked in to the Presidential Suite, which comes with its own private entrance. It was spacious and luxurious – yet still intimate – and provided a meeting place big enough for the entire family to pow-wow over our next-day’s itinerary. I loved opening the balcony’s double windows and marveling at the well-dressed Parisians outside. A cozy living room and a kitchenette (equipped with a Nespresso machine) gave us the sense of being in a home away from home.

A bathroom fit for royalty. (Photo: Melanie Fowler)

3. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

All rooms and suites have walk-in closets and bathrooms wrapped in opulent beveled mirrors, which made me feel like I was staying in a modern-day Versailles. The bathroom is as big as the bedroom, with marble floors, a free-standing tub beneath a window, and a tray of Clarins products nearby.

4. A Dream for Art Lovers

The hotel has its own art concierge, Julie Eugene – she’s been featured in Virtuoso Life before. She can answer all of your art-related questions and dispenses tips on everything from how to purchase a contemporary piece to which of the city’s many art museums is right for you. I spent a lot of time in the hotel’s own La Librairie des Arts, a boutique that stocks more than 700 coffee-table books.

La Librairie des Arts, Le Royal Monceau’s boutique. (Photo: Melanie Fowler)

5. Location, Location, Location

While the grandparents napped in their suite, the rest of us took a five-minute walk to the Champs Élysées and L’Arc de Triomphe. We browsed for souvenirs, snapped photos, and did some semi-serious shopping (Let’s just say I love my new silver Repetto shoes). Later, we all met for wine and dinner at one of the many great restaurants along the avenue. Virtuoso travelers receive an upgrade (if available) at time of booking, breakfast daily, and a $100 dining credit.

Top Image: Courtesy Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris