Paris | Le Royal Monceau

I woke up on Friday morning after Bastille Day wrecked. Not because I was out partying. Not even because I was out walking until 5am because I couldn’t get a taxi with Ashley, Leo and Jamie. Only because I had terrible jet lag and couldn’t sleep. Around 6am I finally dozed off, and at 7:45am the alarm sounded. I was meeting Anne Sophie, the woman in charge of press and publication relations at Le Royal Monceau.

I brushed my teeth and considered canceling and getting back under the covers. I put on my dress and thought some more about a million different excuses I could make up not to go.

And then I walked out the door to the metro and went.

Man, am I glad I did. So glad.

I never thought I’d say this, but a hotel made me feel the same way I did in Barcelona — inspired beyond belief.

Le Royal Monceau is gorgeous, yes, but there’s more to it than that. It’s a hotel with a vision. It’s a haven for the arts in Paris. It’s a place where lovers of all that is beautiful in this world go to get their fix.

The hotel is designed by art aficionados for art aficionados.

Leo and I first joined Ann Sophie for breakfast in one of the hotel’s restaurants — Le Cuisine. When you walk in, you can’t help but gasp. I think I said, “Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god,” about sixteen different times. At LEAST. It’s stunning.

Amazingly enough, it’s one of the few places I’ve ever visited that manages to be incredibly impressive yet not ostentatious or pretentious.

I think that’s because it’s genuine. The people who work there LOVE art. Obviously the hotel was designed by art lovers for art lovers. Anne Sophie invited me to come photograph the hotel not because she’s jumping on the “Oh travel bloggers are so hot right now,” band wagon but because she genuinely liked my work and wanted to see the hotel through my lens.

The hotel absolutely radiates passion for art. J’adore.

I LOVE those colored bottles on the wall. And the chandeliers. The hotel was remodeled by none other than Phillip Stark so of course it’s ridiculously cool. I’m taking inspiration for our remodeling project :)

The photos that you’re seeing now with the bottles and chandeliers are from Le Cuisine, where we had breakfast. We did not partake of the buffet, we ordered off of the regular menu…but you should see all the crazy stuff they had on offering. Everything from fresh seafood to purple cauliflower!

What an awesome idea. A chalkboard menu with specials of the day on a pillar.

THIS was my favorite part of Le Cuisine. They have plates that they send out to talented artists all over the world. The artists decorate the plate in any way they want and send it back to be displayed in the restaurant. There were so many cool ones. I told Anne Sophie that once they have had the plates up for a while they should start selling them and then send out for new ones from new artists. I would definitely purchase one. And never eat off it :)

See what I mean about how this place is a haven for art? Everywhere you turn there’s some gorgeous photograph on a the wall, a decorated plate behind a glass case, a fresco on the ceiling…

Another thing that I found to be REALLY cool about the hotel is that they have an art bookstore. They sell rare art books, gorgeous coffee table photography books, etc. They have an art curator who searches them out. In Paris, they’re well known amongst the art community and people who are searching for a book they can’t find anywhere else know to come to the store. It’s called La Librairie des Arts and they actually have a blog if you’re interested in checking it out — Art For Breakfast.

Le Royal Monceau even has a special art concierge who will help guests arrange things like special art tours.

OH! And they even have a movie theatre! It’s called Le Cinema des lumieres. They host private screenings and premiers.

Is it weird that I want to hang this photo of a photo in my apartment somewhere? The hotel also has a space where they host amazing art exhibitions and they were currently featuring Melvin Sokolsky so they had his photographs hanging up all over the hotel. I was ridiculously excited to hear that they were featuring a photographer that I’ve actually heard of! His bubble series is incredible.  He’s a fashion photographer and I believe he used to do a lot of work for Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue and that kind of thing. Back before the photoshop days. Seriously. Mind. Blown. I actually didn’t even take pictures of his art exhibit because I was so amazed looking at the photos that I forgot.

And these are some more photos throughout the main lobby of the hotel. There’s a lovely bar area.

An Italian restaurant with shells on the wall that made for a pretty picture…

You have to hand it to them…even their kitchen area is out of this world exquisite.

And this is the other restaurant called Il Carpaccio.

Want this rug.

They also have a boutique which sells really gorgeous clothes and household items.

Real bugs! In the glass case! Anne Sophie and I were talking about how we would totally use them for necklaces if we could :)

I am OBSESSED with these incredible chandeliers hanging reflected through the mirrors. Obsessed. They were the chandeliers from the original building before the hotel was completely renovated.

Here I am with Leo!

So tell me — what do you think about this incredible hotel? Want to come to Paris and stay here now? :)

Disclaimer: According to the FTC rules I have to tell you that this is a sponsored post. However, please note — I am not being forced to blog about this and I wouldn’t say any of it if it weren’t true.

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  1. andy stenz says:

    I SOOOO want to visit now. Seriously amazing shots of a beautiful place. I love your compositions – the lines, the t/s work. Lovely!

  2. Leo Druker says:

    Yep. This is one ridiculously awesome hotel and you captured it perfectly!

  3. Tall says:

    SO GOOD. Great compositions.

  4. Catherine says:

    Okay, this hotel is RIDICULOUS. It is now one of my goals to stay here.

  5. Nessa K says:

    What a beautiful Hotel. =) Kyle – no one sees Paris like you. I’m sure of it.

  6. joanna says:

    gorgeous hotel!!! what beautiful compositions too, you capture things with such beauty. love it.

  7. Andrea says:

    Wow – what an incredible hotel. Places like that are so inspiring – I just feel more creative when I’m staying in them.

  8. That is one bad ass hotel. Love these!!

  9. Teresa K says:

    Wowee!!! What a place….and your images really make it shine….I want to go there!!

  10. Beautiful. I love your storytelling abilities in both writing and photos.

  11. James Bitz says:

    Dude! This is like an art show in and of itself!
    Every one of these should be hanging on a wall somewhere. Beautiful textures, shapes and colors everywhere!

  12. Abby says:

    Wowow. Almost an embarrassment of riches for a photographer, huh?!

  13. Debbie Mayes says:

    wow! absolutely beautiful!

  14. WOW this is amazing! unreal mate!

  15. ALMA says:

    Love the frames..would love to go and stay there, probably can’t afford it.

  16. Jessica says:

    What a beautiful place, and you captured it amazingly! The lighting is superb.

  17. This is absolutely incredible. I’m overwhelmed by the opulence of the photos – I can’t imagine seeing it in real life! Yes, I want to go stay there now, please. Can we make it our life’s mission to go stay at every Phillipe Starck hotel in the world?

  18. Um, HELLO opulence! Wow…. just wow.

  19. Sachin says:

    Crazy good!

  20. Brian Davis says:

    Oh wow, that place looks so cool! Very elegant and classy and I dig the chandeliers!

  21. Annie says:

    Seriously Kyle, every time I look at one of your posts I am amazed at how beautiful your photos are all over again! Love these, the hotel looks fab but then again I’m sure you could make a Motel 6 look fab if you wanted to! :)

  22. Ceri says:

    It looks so glamourous. And the colours make it look so modern. :) Lush.

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