Posted on September 25, 2014

Wanderlust: Prince de Galles Hotel, Paris


Whilst on the subject of Paris {when are we not?}, hotel Prince de Galles, in Paris’s 8th arrondissement, recently underwent a $100 million renovation, courtesy of renowned Parisian interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. 

Built in 1928 by architect Arfvidson for Charles de Galles, the Prince of Wales and son of King George V of England, during his annual visits, the 159 room hotel on Paris’s Avenue George V was built on chaillot quarries and inspired by the Decorative Art exhibition of 1925.  The hotel reopened last summer after a two and a half year, $100 million renovation which was overseen by Rochon.


The glamorous Art Deco inspired lobby is furnished with rich Makassar ebony, black Saint Laurent marble, wrought-iron filigree, and gilded accents.  Rochon returned the hotel to its roots and specifically focused on the 1930s, which he describes as a time period “that is not yet very modern, but between the classical and the contemporary. It is really the difference between the past and the future.”




I’ve posted several photos because the hotel has many beautiful details… above are some of my favourites.  


The courtyard’s restored mosaics highlight the hotel’s original detailing.


The centerpiece of the hotel’s Bar, Les Heures, is a stunning Deco inspired chandelier.




Guest rooms sophisticated colour palette is paired with glossy black finishes, pops of colour, and the Makassar ebony that is seen through-out the hotel.  For the fabrics, Rochon and his team perused vintage textile books and samples while he designed much of the furniture and lighting himself, taking inspiration from icons of that era, such as Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann.



Did you know, while in Germany for his military training in the 1960’s, Elvis Presley caused quite a stir when he walked through the lobby of the hotel?



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