Holidays in France: A review of the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris located near the Champs-Elysees

The French abolished their monarchy in 1792 – but they certainly still know a thing or two about living as royalty.

A point emphasized with confidence by the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris, which occupies a 19th-century mansion a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysees and President Macron’s home in Paris, the 365-room Elysee Palace.

Large company. But Splendide Royal holds up. It has only 12 suites, a drawing room and a restaurant, but it is exquisite – a pocket palace.

Ted's accommodation at the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris was Suite Elysee (pictured)

Ted’s accommodation at the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris was Suite Elysee (pictured)

Ted describes the Suite Elysee as a '700-square-foot haven of muted elegance, soothingly luxurious with royal blossoms'.  The picture shows the living room of the suite

Ted describes the Suite Elysee as a ‘700-square-foot haven of muted elegance, soothingly luxurious with royal blossoms’. The picture shows the living room of the suite

Hotel Splendide Royal Paris, pictured, occupies a 19th-century mansion a stone's throw from the 365-room Champs-Elysees and Elysee Palace

Hotel Splendide Royal Paris, pictured, occupies a 19th-century mansion a stone’s throw from the 365-room Champs-Elysees and Elysee Palace

My partner and I, and our four-year-old daughter, stayed in the Suite Elysee on the fourth floor (room 401), which would receive the royal stamp of approval from King Louis XVI and any French monarch before him you care about. mention.

It was a haven of 700 square meters of muted elegance, soothingly luxurious with royal flowers – think of ornate lampshades, oil paintings and beautiful furniture decorations – and shades that ebbed from white to cream to gold.

The first task was to soak it all in while leaning back on the sumptuous sofa in the living room and tooting with Champagne offered as part of the check-in process.

This area included a toilet and a large wall mounted TV as well as a kitchenette complete with sink, microwave, Nespresso machine and fridge.

By the sofa stood a mini-wine fridge filled with even more champagne and fine wines, including two classic Italian reds – Montepulciano and Barolo (70 and 100 euros respectively, though they sell for around £ 25 and £ 42).

The living room contained a toilet and a large wall mounted TV as well as a kitchenette complete with sink, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine and refrigerator

The living room contained a toilet and a large wall mounted TV as well as a kitchenette complete with sink, microwave, Nespresso coffee machine and refrigerator

Marble-like: This image shows the dressing room, which leads to a sumptuous en-suite

Marble-like: This image shows the dressing room, which leads to a sumptuous en-suite

The marble-clad en-suite bathroom has Lorenzo Villoresi toiletries, soft marshmallows, a double sink, a (most refreshing) separate shower (rain plus hose) and another separate toilet

The marble-clad en-suite bathroom has Lorenzo Villoresi toiletries, soft marshmallows, a double sink, a (most refreshing) separate shower (rain plus hose) and another separate toilet

Ted says his room 'would get the royal stamp of approval from King Louis XVI and any French monarch before him'

Ted says his room ‘would get the royal stamp of approval from King Louis XVI and any French monarch before him’

The adjoining bedroom accommodated a mammoth bed suffocated in fine linens and to the left a dressing room with double wardrobes leading to a marble-clad en-suite bathroom with Lorenzo Villoresi toiletries, soft marshmallows, a double sink, a (most refreshing) separate shower (rain plus hose) and another separate toilet.

In many ways a pocket palace in a pocket palace.

What’s more, Wi-Fi to the room was in a class of its own – all we had to do was select ‘Wi-Fi Room 401’ for instant access to a full-turbocharged signal. No login. No password.

Ted's summary of his neighborhood?  'A pocket palace in a pocket palace'

Ted’s summary of his neighborhood? ‘A pocket palace in a pocket palace’

Pictured here is Hotel Splendide Royal Paris' Italian restaurant, Tosca.  This is also the place for breakfast

Pictured here is Hotel Splendide Royal Paris’ Italian restaurant, Tosca. This is also the place for breakfast

Downstairs is the hotel’s famous Italian restaurant – Tosca. Unfortunately it was closed when we visited for the night, but we managed to regret it in the sumptuous place for breakfast, which was a pleasure.

Pain au chocolat and croissants were offered from a basket, and when I sipped an excellent smooth coffee, I went through the menu, which explained the origin of the fare offered.

The bread and pastries come from a local Parisian baker, the jam is by Lise Bienaime at La Chambre aux Confitures, the tea by Dammann Freres (King Louis XIV, I experience, gave Sir Damame the ‘exclusive privilege’ of selling tea in France in 1692). And the milk? It is from Laiterie cooperative de Verneuil thanks to cows raised on the pastures of the ‘beautiful Touraine region’.

Ted describes the staff at the hotel as having impeccable manners.  Pictured here is the 'refined' design studio

Ted describes the staff at the hotel as having impeccable manners. Pictured here is the ‘refined’ design studio

Wi-Fi at the hotel, raves Ted, is 'in a class of its own'.  There was no need for a login or password in his room.  The picture shows the drawing room

Wi-Fi at the hotel, raves Ted, is ‘in a class of its own’. There was no need for a login or password in his room. The picture shows the drawing room

Rooms at the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris cost from £ 520 per person.  night for a Junior Suite Saint Honoré

Rooms at the Hotel Splendide Royal Paris cost from £ 520 per person. night for a Junior Suite Saint Honoré

Delicious: A dish served at Tosca

Delicious: A dish served at Tosca

Quality products – and I can vouch for the cheesecake whipped by the chef too.

The service was meanwhile faultless – our waitress and waiters were impeccably polite. Young, but their manners were from another era.

The reception staff also displayed old-fashioned courtesy, getting up behind the desk as they talked and helping to make this fine-tuned hotel impossible not to fall for.

Extremely royal.

TRAVEL FACTS

Ted was the host of Hotel Splendide Royal Paris, 18 Rue du Cirque, where rooms cost from £ 520 per person. night for a Junior Suite Saint Honoré for two adults. Rooms can be booked via Booking.com.

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Eurostar operates from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare Du Nord. The fastest travel time between London and Paris is 2 hours 15 minutes. Tickets are available at www.eurostar.com.

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