Le Royal Monceau, Hotel Luxury à la Philippe Starck

When the Royal Monceau reopened its doors to the press in October 2010 following a two-year make-over, all eyes were on the interior decoration...

Great Paris Hotels in Small Packages: Le San Régis

With three of Paris's heavyweight luxury hotels sidelined for renovation, five-star 'boutique' inns are raking in a new clientele. Corinne LaBalme visits the venerable Hôtel San Régis, which completed its oh-so-chic makeover just in time to welcome refugees from the Ritz, Crillon and Plaza Athénée.

Things to Know About Hotels in France

There's no harm in being surprised when you arrive at hotel, as long as that surprise is limited to a room upgrade, a free bottle of Champagne in the room or especially kind service. Otherwise it's best to know what to expect when you select a hotel. This article provides general hotel information that you should be aware of when traveling in France regarding check-in and check-out, types of breakfast served, whether you should have breakfast at the hotel or head for a nearby cafe or bakery, room size, noise, air-conditioning and taxes.

An Investigation into Nasti Business in Kaysersberg, Alsace

Olivier Nasti may sound like the name of a villainous cartoon character, mean, bony, bitter and solitary, but the Olivier Nasti I met in the town of Kaysersberg in Alsace is a charming, round-cheeked chef and businessman with a strong sense family. Seven miles northwest of Colmar, in one of the small, colorful tourist-friendly towns along the Alsace wine route,...
D-Day war touring Normandy

War Stories: Dawn in the Normandy Landing Zone

I was worken by the rain at 6:30 a.m.. Except that it wasn't the raind; it was water drizzling into the room from the ceiling. In a moment of verteran-like panic I had a flashback to one year ago when...

Unexpected Provence: Meet the New Aix

The Provençal college town of Aix-en-Provence, celebrated for Cézanne, bel canto and fountain-side cafés, puts the finishing touches on a massive urban renewal project. Corinne LaBalme sets out beyond the town's tawny-tinted 17th-18th century façades to discover 21st-century Aix.
Lobby of the Hotel Regina. The revolving door is in the far right. Photo David Grimbert.

Hotel Regina: Wine & Friends & Classic Paris Luxury

Refurbished in 2015 and a wine bar added in 2016, the 5-star Hotel Regina, across the street from the Louvre, has regained its place among the luxury hotels of Paris’s 1st arrondissement. Gary Lee Kraut nods to Joan of Arc then pushes through the revolving door for a visit and a glass of wine.

The Reawakening of the Hotel Lutetia: Living Large on the Left Bank

On April 14, 2014, the Hotel Lutetia will close for a three-year renovation. This article, written in early 2013, provides a "before" view of this historical hotel as its owners were seeking a new path to glory that eventually led to its closure for a major overhaul.

Saint-Germain-en-Laye By Day, Pavillon Henri IV By Night

Versailles naturally grabs the lion’s share of daytrip attention due to its chateau. But Saint-Germain-en-Laye, one of its predecessors as an official residence of the Court of France, is also a likeable town for an afternoon stroll-about. One feels less an intruder—and tourist—here than in Versailles.

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