Originally Posted by RJman
If it's "just below", why not splash out and go the whole hog?
The Sofitels in Paris don't appear to be of overwhelming size and actually have character and a certain charm. They also still own the Demeure chain of handsome boutique hotels. The Park Hyatt Paris is quite a nice bijou.
Omar Sharif lives, or used to, at the Royal Monceau -- a friend apparently lets him stay there for free. That's kind of cool.
Why don't you try the Saint James and Albany?
Katia says that the Park Hyatt Paris is the hottest and best place in town. Good choice but pricey.
Two years ago we stayed at the Vernet, baby sister of the Royal Monceau and not far away. We were allowed to use the health spa at the Royal Monceau. It was super luxurious.
I even had a massage there. My therapist was quite a gourmet; she knew all the best spots. Her taste in clothes was less good; her favorite was the Gap. When I asked why, she said because the [then] model for the Gap was her favorite, Sara Jessica Parker, star of her favorite TV show, "Sex and the City." Quotes from her: "Everyone in France thinks Samantha is very funny. "Beeg is a beautiful man, but he is very difficult." She also told me about her favorite resident guest, Omar Sharif. She said that she had given him three massages and that he was so charming and nice; always a big smile for everyone.
I am considering the Royal Monceau; its renovations are now complete and it is the only hotel in Paris to have two restaurants
that have Michelin stars.
Last year I had Katia and E*****t (banned) check out the St. James and Albany for me; they said it was seedy. They also visited La Bourgogne et Montana and the Mansart at my request, but gave them both very negative reviews. So we stayed at the San Regis; lovely but tres cher.
Anyone jealous that I have my own personal shopper and hotel critics in Paris?