Built in 1925, close to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées, Hotel Raphael is the last Parisian palace to be owned by a French family. The hotel had been on our radar since 2003 and was became a fully-fledged Select Member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World three years in 2006.
How the Stage was Set HISTORY IN BRIEF 1925: The hotel opened for business. 1985-1997: The hotel was given a major overhaul and fitted with a range of new features during a 12 year renovation programme. HISTORY IN DETAIL 1898: Creation of a company called Hotel Regina Paris S.A, which planned to open a collection of palace hotels in Paris. 1900: Opening of Hotel Regina, a 120-bed property in the first arondissement of Paris. 1907: Opening of Hotel Majestic, at the time the largest luxury hotel in Europe, with a staggering 450 rooms. 1925: Built under the auspices of Sir Leonard Tauber and Sir Constant Baverez, The Raphael opened its doors for business in the spring of 1925. It responded to a specific market need: the most illustrious guests weren’t willing to stay at a very large property such as The Majestic, instead craving the intimacy of a smaller hotel. With it 86 luxurious bedrooms, The Raphael offered just that. 1938: The Raphael was sold to the estate of the Hotel Majestic 1940s: during World War 2, at a private dining room, Hitler dined with General Stumnagel. 1961: Opening of the current Hotel Majestic, an intimate property with 30 large bedrooms and suites. 1981: Françoise Baverez was appointed president of the Regina and Majestic hotels, following in the footsteps of her father. 1985: Françoise Baverez assumed control of the Hotel Raphael and implemented a major renovation programme that would take over a decade to complete. 1997: The renovation programme was complete. The most notable additions to the hotel were the new duplex and triplex suites, the rooftop terrace and the seasonal restaurant. 2000: The Raphael celebrated its 75th birthday. 2002: Opening of the fitness centre 2004: A WI-FI system was installed. 2006: The Raphael became A Select Member of The Most Famous Hotels in the World
Among the guests to have graced The Raphael: From the World of Entertainment Al Pacino Shirley Bassey Ingrid Bergman Marlon Brando Charles Bronson Pierce Brosnan John Carpenter Francis Ford Coppola Timothy Dalton Michael Douglas Faye Dunaway Federico Fellini Henry Fonda Clark Gable Ava Gardner Judy Garland Glenn Close Whoopi Goldberg Cary Grant Anthony Hopkins Katherine Hepburn Grace Kelly Sergio Leone John Malkovitch Demi Moore Steve McQueen Roger Moore Paul Newman Sydney Pollack Anthony Quinn Oliver Stone Quentin Tarentino Raquel Welch Walt Disney Jeff Goldblum Michelle Pfeiffer Jean Reno Leonard Cohen Ben Kingsley Sofia Loren Luc Besson Penelope Cruz From the World of Sport Yannick Noah Carl Lewis Andre Agassi

Norbert Henrot
Alain Astier

90 Rooms
Raphael Suite - the pick of the hotel's top floor suites is sumptuously decorated with 17th century wood, stained glass and handmade ceramics. Its rooftop terrace provides a panoramic view of Paris. ------ Arc de Triomphe Suite ------ Prestige Suite
La Salle a Manger - fine dining courtesy of chef Philip Delahaye. The menu offers the best of the French countryside, from duck fois gras to cepe and girolle mushrooms and Charolais steaks ------ Jardin Plain Ciel - restaurant open in the summer, on the rooftop terrace. ------ English Bar - in the style of the traditional upper-class British establishment with warm woodwork and rich velvet-upholstered armchairs.
The bar is an absolute must-do for any discerning visitor to Paris’ so-called triangle d’or . “Le tout” Paris loves its friendly atmosphere, its intimacy and its elegance. The hotel’s fine dining restaurant offers innovative cuisine in a refined setting, while the rooftop terrace forms a breathtaking setting from which to view the City of Light from above.
Whatever the time of year, could there be anything better for the soul than a stroll along the boulevards of Paris?
The hotel caters for business meetings with 6 salons, all benefiting from natural daylight.
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Country: France
City: Paris
Opening date: 1925

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General Manager Norbert Henrot


17, avenue Kléber
75116 France, Paris

Tel: +33-1-5364 3200
Fax: +33-1-5364 3201

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