When you arrive at le Prince de Galles (The Prince of Wales) in Paris, you feel like you’ve stepped into the history of the Champs Élysée. From Sir Winston Churchill to Marlene Dietrich, its guest list has been illustrious. Even “the King”, Elvis stayed here on his weekends off-duty while on his stint in Germany.
Surprisingly built on the spot of a former chalk quarry, this art deco hotel, designed by André-Louis Arfvidson, has recently undergone a two-year renovation to restore it to its glamorous and chic 1930s opulence. Bruno Borrione the designer has beautifully updated the decor of the food and beverage section of the hotel* while keeping the spirit of the original values of the Prince de Galles. It’s “Gatsby” style is everywhere. The chandeliers, dripping with crystal, the original wall lamps in matching the original logo of the hotel as known as “Le Panache” – a feathered fleur de lys – we at vialaporte just love how this déjà vu design has come together.
At “les Heures” and “le Patio”, the Prince de Galles takes the art of cocktail creation to a luxurious new level. By sourcing fine and rare spirits and carefully researching how to use them, it’s obvious that a lot of care has gone into creating the exquisite drinks on the menu. From Jean Grosperrin Folle Blanche to Dolin Vermouth from Chambery in the Alps or the Pommeau from Normandy Théo Capelle, the list of exceptional spirits goes on.
“Les Heures” and “le Patio” are not only bars, but also the perfect spot for a little break from a busy afternoon shopping along Avenue George V. It’s here that Stéphanie Le Quellec, the star chef that won the “Top Chef” contest on the French TV, shows-off her understanding of quality products from her past life in the Var (south of France). Enjoy the carpaccio of fresh vegetables, flavours of olive oil, ice cream and sorbet, which come together perfectly in a fresh and colourful composition. She creates a painter’s palette of senses, where classical dishes sit alongside modern recipes. Just like her signature dishes, the steak tartar, hand cut with condiments in a mosaic dressing or the “vitello tonnato” – luxurious farm veal.
An afternoon tea is also served, created by one of the most “en vogue” pâtissier in Paris. Yann Couvreur is the new star of French pastry, trained at ***3 star Carré des Feuillant, and then with Jean-François Foucher at the Park Hyatt. A craftsman at heart and lover of homemade products, Couvreur creates modern art with his edgy compositions, with a pinpoint precision. Fruity notes punctuate his verbena parfait with local cherries, while his olive oil financiers with Tulameen raspberries are simply amazing.
At the Prince de Galles they do everything at the highest possible level, with a passion for products and a spirit of revival. If you go you’ll spend a perfect afternoon, evening or even breakfast. Any time is perfect to sit and contemplate the wonderful mosaic by the Patio, or admire the sumptuous interior of “Les Heures”.
Some of the luxurious cocktails serviced at “les Heures”…
Cognac Grosperrin Bons Bois Ordinaire 1992 coeur de fût, green Chartreuse VEP, lemon juice, sugar syrup, Angostura bitters and Champagne
A perfect twist for lovers of Cognac and Chartreuse, named after the touristy Parisian boulevard. From the original Savoy Cocktail Book; a complex and slightly herbal drink in a traditional style, featuring Cognac balanced with green Chartreuse, freshly squeeze lemon juice, sugar syrup, Angostura aromatic bitters and Champagne.
Doorly’s Macaw Rum, lime juice, honey syrup and Champagne.
Originally « AIR MAIL » – if you like the classic Daiquiri or the French 75, and are one of those cocktail geeks who’s actually had a Honeysuckle, then you’re sure to enjoy this refreshing cocktail. It’s a wonderfully light, off-dry aperitif that allows you to sip more than one without feeling like you’ve taken one too many flights.
*Lobby, reception and rooms designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon.