Hotel Review: The Peninsula Paris

Hotel Review: The Peninsula Paris

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This Peninsula Paris Hotel Review is from our late 2019 visit, where we enjoyed a double upgrade to a Grand Premier Suite. The Peninsula Paris opened in 2014, after an over EUR 300 million renovation to the property, which was once the Hotel Majestic. The hotel was the site of the signing of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords that ended the Vietnam War.

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The Peninsula Paris Location and Check-In

The Peninsula Paris is located at 19 Avenue Kleber in the 16th arrondissement, a 7 minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Elysees, and less than a minute to the Kleber Metro Station (line 6). Two Chinese lions flank the Kleber Avenue entrance seen in the first photo of this review, although that entrance leads into the Le Lobby lounge restaurant.

The Reception where guests check-in is actually off of Avenue des Portugais, and the reception lobby is adorned by a beautiful Lasvit glass sculpture, “Dancing Leaves,” which lend a magical air to the space.

The Peninsula Paris Review-Lasvit Glass Sculpture in Reception Lobby

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While checking in, we admired the red and pink rose bouquets behind the front desk:

The Peninsula Paris Review: Rose Bouquets Behind Front Desk Reception

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While we arrived in the afternoon, after having lunch, a great benefit when reserving with TravelSort are the PenClub benefits of flexible check-in and check-out, as long as arranged in advance. If your reserved room or suite isn't ready when you arrive in the early morning, after an overnight flight into Paris, you'll be given a room to stay in until your reserved or upgraded room or suite is available. This is perfect for business travelers who are able to take a quick shower before heading out to meetings, but also great for leisure guests, who can catch up on sleep.

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TravelSort Clients enjoy these Peninsula PenClub benefits: 

  • Upgrade on arrival to next room category, subject to availability
  • Enhanced welcome amenities
  • Full breakfast daily, for up to two in room guests
  • A $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit or Spa credit (not combinable)
  • “Peninsula Time”: flexible check-in and check-out

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The Peninsula Paris Grand Premier Suite

My husband had reserved a Superior Suite for this surprise trip, and had coordinated with the hotel to utilize TravelSort's PenClub benefits and a special PenClub 3rd night complimentary offer. While the PenClub upgrade is based on availability and is normally a one category upgrade, the hotel generously double upgraded us to a Grand Premier Suite, which is 1044-1238 square feet in size, vs. the 710-785 square feet of a Superior Suite.

Theses suites vary in exact layout, but ours had quite a long entrance foyer:

The Peninsula Paris Review-Grand Premier Entrance Foyer

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On the right there was a half bathroom, which, as with our master bathroom, had a Toto washlet:

Half Bathroom, The Peninsula Paris  Grand Premier Suite Review

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The bedroom had a king bed, and I liked that there was ceiling lighting, not just lamps.

The Peninsula Paris Review: Grand Premier Suite Bedroom
The Peninsula Paris Grand Premier Suite Review: View Towards Bathroom from Bedroom

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One of my favorite parts of the suite was the bathroom, with its stylish white and black marble and symmetry. The double sinks are across from each other rather than side by side.

The Peninsula Paris Review: Bathroom Sink
The Peninsula Paris Review: Grand Premier Suite Bathroom

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There was a large rain shower; the shower head, temperature and pressure were great, although the water did leak out slightly when opening the shower door, a potential hazard given how slippery marble is when wet.

The Peninsula Paris Review: Rain Shower

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Bath products are by Oscar de la Renta, as at other Peninsula hotels. I do wish the hotel would choose a less dated and fusty brand, ideally something more natural such as Aesops or Bamford.

Oscar de la Renta Bath Products, The Peninsula Paris Review

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The living room was down the hall, and was where we found welcome amenities of fresh fruit, chilled champagne (which we requested to be swapped out for white wine, which we prefer), and madeleines.

The Peninsula Paris Review: Welcome amenities
The Peninsula Paris Review: Fresh Fruit
Madeleines, The Peninsula Paris Review

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Although we were traveling on our own without our son, it was great to have the additional living area space, as when we (inevitably) had to both do some work, we each had a table we could work at.

Grand Premier Suite Living Room, The Peninsula Paris Review

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Another nice aspect was having a small balcony off of the living room, from which we could view Avenue Kleber and, on our right, the Arc de Triomphe:

View of Arc de Triomphe from Grand Premier Suite, The Peninsula Paris Review

Here's our Peninsula Paris YouTube Video Review:

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The Verdict

This was my second stay at The Peninsula Paris, which I first stayed at in 2017. It's still among my favorite Paris luxury hotels, with its tastefully elegant yet modern rooms. Highlights were the double upgrade to a suite with a view of the Arc de Triomphe; the modern bathrooms with Toto washlets; the fresh flowers, both white roses and orchids, that adorned our suite; the breakfast, with its excellent pastries, fresh fruits and juices, and Bordier yogurts; and the convenience of the valet box for discreetly delivering items to us, such as the electrical adapters and polished shoes. Service was good, although not quite as thorough as last time. Housekeeping missed some litter on the half bathroom floor that was leftover from a prior guest, and there were some delays in getting back to us on inquiries. I also miss the dark chocolate welcome amenity, with the mallet for cracking it; the madeleines this time weren't nearly as good as that chocolate.

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