Care has been taken to preserve the authenticity of the building housing the Peninsula Paris, which dates back to 1904 // (c) 2014 The Peninsula Hotels
Care has been taken to preserve the authenticity of the building housing the Peninsula Paris, which dates back to 1904 // (c) 2014 The Peninsula Hotels

The new Peninsula Paris offers stunning views of the Eiffel Tower and beyond // (c) 2014 The Peninsula HotelsThe Peninsula Paris has officially opened for business, making this the luxury brand’s first property in Europe.

Located just steps away from the iconic Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysée, The Peninsula Paris features 200 luxurious rooms, including 34 suites. Taking room with a view to new heights, five suites even feature their own private rooftop. The hotel is also home to six restaurants and bars, including L’Oiseau Blanc, a rooftop bar with a 360 view of the city. Rounding out the experience are luxury boutiques, the Peninsula Spa, private reception rooms and Paris’ first above-ground Cigar lounge.

The property is located in a late 19th century classic French-style building, dating back to 1908, when it first opened as the Hotel Majestic, one of Paris’ most famous historic landmarks. Following the wartime occupation of Paris, the hotel was converted into UNESCO’s headquarters in 1946 then in 1958 became the conference centre for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, used to host high profile events until 2009.

Notable historic events at the hotel include the composition of “An American in Paris” which George Gershwin composed while staying at the hotel in 1928, and the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, negotiated by Henry Kissinger and bringing the Vietnam War to a close, in 1973 in the salon which is today Le Bar Kléber.

Care has been taken to preserve the authenticity of the building housing the Peninsula Paris, which dates back to 1904 // (c) 2014 The Peninsula Hotels
Care has been taken to preserve the authenticity of the building housing the Peninsula Paris, which dates back to 1904 // (c) 2014 The Peninsula Hotels

Care has been taken to preserve the heritage, authenticity and the spirit of the building, while setting spectacular new standards in design, luxury and comfort, and the building has been meticulously restored for more than four years by teams of French master craftsmen, utilising traditional techniques that date back hundreds of years.

The façade alone employed the talents of 20 skilled stonemasons from historic monument specialist Degaine to restore the 100,000 square foot area with its elaborate carved stone flowers, bows and ribbons.  Repairs were carried out where possible, carving missing portions by hand using stone dust paste, or where the bas-reliefs were severely damaged, the entire section was replaced by a new stone and hand carved from scratch, using only photos for reference. Each flower cascade took a stonemason three weeks of work, with 12 hours for a small bow.

The hotel also benefits from a unique collection of specially curated contemporary artworks from Hong Kong-based Sabrina Feung Fine Art, including two major installations by internationally celebrated artists Ben Jakober and Xavier Corberó, widely acclaimed as Spain’s foremost living sculptor.