Full of history, the listed building dating from 1908 was once the former residence of the Queen of Spain, Isabella II from 1868 to 1906, before becoming the Hotel Majestic. It was taken over by the Germans during the Occupation and was later transformed into the Headquarters of Unesco. You might be interested to know that "An American in Paris", the classic symphonic poem by George Gershwin, who stayed at the hotel in 1928, was composed inside these walls. A historic fact - in 1973, the Paris Peace Agreements ending the Vietnam War were negotiated here by Henry Kissinger.
After several years of renovations works under the guidance of the architect Richard Martinet, who also worked in the project for the Shangri-La Hotel, The Peninsula now has 200 guest rooms, a spa and various restaurants.
After admiring the magnificent and grandiose 10,000m2 limestone façade carved in Saint Leu La Foret (restored to their original form) with an 700m2exuberant Japanese-style glass roof and two monumental entrances (17 metres high), you step into a unique and enchanting universe.
In the traditional Lobby, guests can admire the high ceilings with their majestic vaults,
decorated with draperies. In the centre hangs the Lasvit chandelier formed of 800 hand blown crystal leaves. The elegant and contemporary furniture is set off by the marble floor. Guests arriving by car will arrive at the other side, at the main entrance on Avenue des Portugais, where there is direct access to the underground car park.
The interior decor features a modern Art Deco style, while also maintaining the Peninsula look. The decoration was entrusted to Henry Leung.
The Peninsula also sets itself apart with the quality of its customer service, with no fewer than 600 employees for just 200 guest rooms. Asian service and welcome take on their full meaning here.