Hotel Review: Prince de Galles Hotel – Macassar Suite
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On my most recent trip to Paris, I had the pleasure of staying in the Prince de Galles Hotel, a category 7 Starwood Luxury Collection property on Avenue George V, off the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement. It’s directly next to the Four Seasons (in fact, they’re attached) and the location feels quite central — you’re neither far from or too close to major tourist attractions, and there’s high-end shopping and fantastic restaurants within short walking distance.
The hotel itself has an old-school Paris feel, even while its recent three-year renovation has given it a contemporary, Art Deco ambiance. The boutique vibe is still there, with only 115 rooms and 44 suites, and a tiny, retro-fitted elevator.
I first stayed in the Prince de Galles about a year and a half ago (though I didn’t review it at the time), and during that visit I was upgraded to a luxurious Macassar Suite. This time around, my SPG Ambassador initially couldn’t guarantee an upgrade from an Art Deco Room with a Queen bed, but when I checked my reservation several days before my arrival, I saw that she’d worked her magic and gotten me the Macassar Suite upgrade without using any additional awards. Sometimes an SPG Ambassador can really come through.
An Art Deco room normally goes for around €500 per night (currently around $535). You can book awards starting at 30,000 Starpoints per night, which is a redemption value of about 1.8 cents per point. That’s not great, but considering the fifth night is free, you can get a much better value of around 2.2 cents per point on longer award stays.
You can also use the Cash & Points option to book for 15,000 points and $275. Usually Cash & Points isn’t great for high-end properties (like my recent stay at the St. Regis Princeville on Kauai), but if you’re confident that you’ll be upgraded and get a truly decent breakfast, then all the award options become much more attractive. The normal prepaid price for the Macassar suite is around €1,500 (currently around $1,605); at that rate, so if you book a regular award for an Art Deco room and get upgraded to the suite for five nights, you’re getting an awesome redemption value of nearly 7 cents per point!
The staff knew our arrival time and received us with open arms. We were able to check in at noon with no problems, which is a godsend after an intercontinental flight. Even the doormen were super friendly, and the concierge bent over backwards to get us into every hot-ticket restaurant we wanted to try.
At around 700 square feet, the Macassar suite was plenty spacious and incredibly comfortable.
This suite is on the eighth floor, and has a terrace that faces into the hotel’s courtyard. That may seem like a drawback, but Paris can get noisy and it was nice to experience a bit of outdoor space in the city.
My Macassar Suite had two separate rooms, two bathrooms, and even though they called the bed a King, it seemed like two double or even queen beds pushed together—more like a California King. Nice and roomy!
The bathroom was downright royal, with full-sized Christian Lacroix “Eygalières” amenities.
The sleek marble tub offset the hypnotizing mosaic tiles throughout the bathroom.
The swanky indoor lobby bar, Les Heures, features a DJ at night, and it’s super hip and sexy.
There’s also Le Patio, an outdoor “casual smart” bar in the courtyard, which is relaxing when the weather is nice. The hotel’s restaurant, La Scène, has a Michelin Star thanks to hotel Executive Chef Stéphanie Le Quellec.
Room service was superb; each morning we got the Platinum daily breakfast, which is basically a basket of fresh croissants, coffee, and fresh-squeezed orange juice. We ordered a few extras because we were hungry (and they were delicious).
The gym is small, but modern and clean; it’s open 24/7, and you can ask for a private trainer, as well. The spa uses Unique Elixir Paris products, and treatments last 45 minutes to two hours. There are private suites and a communal hammam open from 11 am to 8 pm. In-room services come with a hefty 50% additional fee.
Overall, I love this hotel. The staff made us feel at home, and they’re so generous—though based on what I’ve gathered from TPG readers, getting an upgrade to a Macassar Suite isn’t exactly like breaking into Fort Knox. The property has Parisian glamour, but is also polished and contemporary. All told, the Prince de Galles is a sexy hotel that I will definitely go back to again and again.
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