Named for its original purpose to welcome the Prince of Walesâ€”who would later become Edward VIIIâ€”on his trips to France, one of Parisâ€™s most illustrious hotels will be reopened by Starwoodâ€™s Luxury Collection on May 16 after an extensive two-year renovation. Unveiled for the first time in 1928, Prince de Galles has counted among its guests Winston Churchill and Marlene Dietrichâ€”even Elvis Presley visited the Avenue George V address while on leave from military training in Germany. The designer behind updating the Art Deco interiors is no stranger to the area: Pierre-Yves Rochon was responsible for another Avenue George V grandee, the Four Seasons, but has also tackled notable projects farther afield, such as the Peninsula Shanghai. Arguably the most striking feature of the hotel, its patio mosaics have been enhanced by local French design houses under the direction of Rochon. The 115 guest rooms and 44 suites have been rendered in neutral tones, with Macassar-ebony paneling complemented by Saint Laurentâ€“marble flooring in the suites, while the pinnacle of the guest quarters is the Appartement Parisien, which includes a private terrace with views of the 8e arrondissement. StĂ©phanie Le Quellec, who has spent the past eight years in Provence, will bring techniques honed in Franceâ€™s south to the hotelâ€™s signature restaurantâ€”whose pared-back design by Bruno Borrione centers on white-marble tables around a showpiece kitchen and attendant chefâ€™s table.
Opens May 16; 33 Avenue George V; 33-1/5323-7777; doubles from US$780