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Afternoon Tea at Le Royal Monceau (Raffles, Paris)

Royal Monceau Paris interior on eatlivetravelwrite.comIt’s not everyday one receives an invitation to “tea at Raffles, Paris” so when Carol from Paris Breakfasts wondered whether I might like to join her one sunny Wednesday afternoon last month, I jumped at the chance!  Le Royal Monceau (Raffles, Paris) is a gorgeous building – as soon as you enter the lobby, you’re transported to a magical space…

Flower arrangements in foyer of Le Royal Monceau Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comWhilst luxury is definitely on a grand scale, the hotel itself is not – with just 149 rooms (including 61 suites and 3 luxury apartments), The Royal Monceau does not feel overwhelmingly large as some hotels can.  It’s very intimate in fact, and all the public spaces, including the two Michelin-starred restaurants, (“La Cuisine” which serves classic French cuisine and “Il Carpaccio“, serving Italian cuisine), and “Le Bar Long” where afternoon tea takes place, feel comfortable at the same time as luxuriously elegant.  The afternoon we were there, Le Bar Long saw a steady stream of people popping in for a coffee or tea and later on, apéritifs.  Business meetings seemed to be taking place as well as girlfriends catching up – it’s all very convivial and not at all stuffy as you might expect a luxury hotel to be.

Artwork in the Royal Monceau Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comI’m sure the fact that the hotel was completely renovated between 2008 and 2010 (when Philippe Starck was hired to breathe new life into the 80 year-old establishment) has a lot to do with this modern feel of the hotel.

La Cuisine restaurant in Le Royal Monceau Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comThe amenities offered by the hotel are numerous: it has its own art gallery (with a dedicated art concierge), an art-focussed bookstore, a film screening room (where the World Cup was screened this past month and where, each Sunday night, they show a film and serve Pierre Hermé popcorn and a glass of champagne for €40 per person!), a Clarins spa, a kids’ club, a concept store offering clothes and jewelry as well as art and design objects.

Chandelier in the Royal Monceau Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comI loved the pool area – so discreet – tucked away under a gorgeous glass ceiling in the courtyard…

Courtyard in Le Royal Monceau Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comAfternoon tea takes place in Le Bar Long...

Le Bar Long in Le Royal Monceau Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comAnd is a treat for the eyes as well as the tastebuds…

Afternoon tea tray at Le Royal Monceau Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comAt 47€ per person, the tea is definitely not cheap but after you’ve indulged, you won’t need dinner. So think of this as a meal! The tea-time menu includes a hot beverage, finger sandwiches and a selection of Pierre Hermé pastries, scones, macarons and chocolates. Sign me up!

Savoury afternoon tea at Le Royal Monceau Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.com Ispahan at Le Royal Monceau Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.com Sweet tray at Le Royal Monceau Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comSavoury afternoon tea sandwiches at Le Royal Monceau Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comScones and jam at Le Royal Monceau Paris on eatlivetravelwrite.comSweet plate at Le Royal Monceau Paris afternoon tea on eatlivetravelwrite.comThis was an absolutely delightful selection of sweet and savoury treats (of course, the Hermé pastries were my favourites!).  Even though we managed to make a large dent in most of the items, we didn’t leave there feeling overly full and, as I said, if you replace a dinner with this meal, it’s the perfect amount of food.  The teas served with the food (by Pascal Hamour) are the perfect accompaniment and they were happy to make Carol an iced version of the mint tea.  A wonderful way to experience the luxury of a Palace hotel if the rooms aren’t in your travel budget!

Le Royal Monceau (Raffles, Paris)
37 Avenue Hoche,
75008 Paris
www.leroyalmonceau.com

Thanks Carol for a wonderful afternoon – and if you don’t know Carol’s work and are a fan of all things Paris, check out her Etsy store – you’re bound to find a little piece of Paris to call your own!

Disclosure: Carol and I were guests of Le Royal Monceau for afternoon tea (you can read her post about our afternoon here). I was not asked to write about my experience and am not being further compensated for doing so.  All opinions are my own.

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10 Responses to Afternoon Tea at Le Royal Monceau (Raffles, Paris)

  1. Ketty August 7, 2014 at 08:11 #

    Looks amazing! I’ve never been for afternoon tea in Paris and your post made me want to try this one!

    • Mardi Michels October 26, 2014 at 09:05 #

      It’s a great way to experience some of that luxe without the hefty pricetag!

  2. ParisBreakfast August 7, 2014 at 09:58 #

    You captured such a good view of the tea tray!
    And the girl in the macaron bed was such a fun image.
    Fun to re-experience it again through your eyes Mardi

  3. Coco in the Kitchen August 7, 2014 at 12:34 #

    What a gorgeous ambience, so vibrant. Thanks for sharing this with us, Mardi.
    I love the wall art of the li’l girl with macarons floating in the air. She reminds me a
    bit of my Daisy, except she’s missing the big smile!

  4. Geoff August 7, 2014 at 20:26 #

    Oh boy… this is some life you lead, Mardi.
    Wonderful place, wonderful presentation.
    Nicely written too with great pics.

  5. Mr. Neil August 8, 2014 at 01:59 #

    I no longer feel guilty about my wine splurges whilst Mardi is in Paris… ;-)

  6. Jill@MadAboutMacarons August 11, 2014 at 04:19 #

    What a wonderful looking afternoon with Carol! Rather decadent, indeed – and yes, that would certainly include my dinner… All looks perfect (and oh so British with the sandwiches). I also LOVE that macaron floating print. That’s how I feel when I wake up in the morning, with macarons floating around the room. You, Mardi?

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