Following a major recent facelift by iconic designer Philippe Starck, Paris’ Le Royal Monceau Hotel has recently reopened and is more luxurious, stylish and sophisticated than ever. The hotel closed down two years ago following a wild Dionysian “demolition party” that saw the city’s most glamorous and famous break every valuable fixture in sight. Contrasting surrealist chic with elegant restraint, Starck has nonetheless managed to find the right balance between both elements within this regal and storied hotel. The opulently decorated rooms feature their own guitar (with portable recording studio available on demand), along with eclectic touches such as mirrors that magically become flat screen televisions. The hotel’s amenities include a Clarins spa, sumptuous Pierre Hermé desserts, a cigar smoking room, a cinema, and a richly landscaped garden. Guests have the privilege of choosing between two Michelin-starred restaurants on the premises, Le Jardin and Le Carpaccio. The hotel’s art gallery, Art District, also hosts many works from Enrique Navarra’s personal collection. As one of Paris’s most historically significant hotel, Le Royal Monceau Hotel has played host to everyone from heads of state including Dwight D. Eisenhower and Winston Churchill, along with modern day celebrities such as Madonna.