Few cities on earth have more magnificent hotels than Paris. So it is not without courage that, in the fall of 2003, Gilles Marang opened the PLAZA PARIS VENDOME, a hotel intended to be on a level with the city’s finest.  And the dream has paid off…with the new Hotel PLAZA PARIS VENDOME speedily winning rave reviews from travel connoisseurs and critics.

Located steps from the Louvre, the Rue de Rivoli, the Place Vendôme and the Rue St. Honoré, the PLAZA PARIS VENDOME is located on the tranquil Rue du Mont Thabor. The 97-room hotel is discretion itself, which explains why it has already become the hotel of choice for a variety of super-models, business moguls and stars of the entertainment world.

The PLAZA PARIS VENDOME was designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, the Paris-based interior decorator one of whose prior commissions was the splendid transformation of the landmark Paris hotel, the Georges V.  The PLAZA PARIS VENDOME is an oasis of  moderne stylings – slightly thirties, slightly fifties, with a generous scoop of 21st century.

For what is arguably a “boutique” or “design” hotel, the lobby is on a grand scale, a vision of sleek comfort counterpointed by lush and soaring flower arrangements.  The welcome is uncommonly friendly and genuine — from reception and concierge staff, bell-boys, waiters, maids and spa-attendants, whose first instinct is to beam and help. The colonially inspired Chinese bar leads off the lobby, as does the library, with its working fireplace and cozy seating. One floor below the lobby is a Paris rarity: a spa, health center and 400-square-foot swimming pool.

A cornerstone of the PLAZA PARIS VENDOME is PINXO, the hotel’s casual, stylish and intensely “hot” restaurant, whose chef, Alain Dutournier, has earned himself two Michelin stars at his other Paris restaurant, Carré des Feuillants. And the inventiveness of the PINXO menu has food critics and their audiences impressed and eager for more.

The hotel’s 97 soundproofed rooms – of which 13 are suites – ooze calm, quality, pampering and taste. The bathrooms are marble and large, complete with tub, separate stall shower and separate toilet. The amenities are Bulgari, the fittings are the finest chrome, the towels are dense and thirsty. The bedroom walls are upholstered in honey-colored flannel, the beds cozy with crisp duvets and giant pillows, the furniture the finest maple wood and rich fabric.  Each room has a flat-screen TV, DVD and CD player, three telephones and high-speed internet access. 

The PLAZA PARIS VENDOME also has a sense of humor in this city of hotel grandeur and starchy formality. Step into the elevators and you are confronted with a elevator-tall, life-size painting of guests crammed inside – including a matronly lady with her pug dog, a raffishly mustachioed gentlemen and a red-capped bell-boy with a chirpy, Mad magazine grin.  It’s a statement of confidence in an extraordinary product. 

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