We arrived at the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal extremely late and way past our reservation time. Who cares? The staff at the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal certainly didn’t.
Welcome to the ultimate in “having it your way.”
Bartender, Romain, was happy to stay on past his shift just so that we could eat by the bar in the Lulli restaurant which has a 24-hour kitchen menu.
Late Arrival? No Problem
Arriving at a hotel after midnight one might expect a compromise on food quality, but at the 18th-century property partly designated as a historical monument, there really isn’t any [compromise].
Even after midnight we could feast on Sant-Émilion wine, expertly prepared bacon club sandwiches, pizza margherita, onion soup, a simple tomato pasta dish and desserts of cheese and hazelnut mousse.
Private Access Suite
Our suite was accessed via a private escalator to the 7th floor, the ‘Suite Panoramic.’
At night, from the roof terrace, the Eiffel Tower glittered amongst the stars.
Our house-like room included a magnificent living area and large en-suite bedroom with massive white granite bath and shower.
Design ethos: French interiors guru, Pierre-Yves Rochon, has perfected a welcoming contemporary environment.
Your New Friends, Moët & Chandon
Ooh lala, a bottle of Moët & Chandon, homemade vanilla and pistachio macaroons, madeleines and a bowel of fresh fruit complete the first impression.
The following day, after further de-compressing the in the hotel’s sumptuous hammam, we made our way through the masses to catch a bit of the Tour de France. It was terrific to witness the hundreds of cyclists crossing the finishing line.
Feast at La Pogode de Cos
After wandering along the cordoned-off streets, we arrived at the La Pogode de Cos (inside La Reserve hotel), the latest Jérôme Banctel restaurant which pays tribute to Cos d’Estournel, a second grand cru classé Saint-Estèphe belonging to La Réserve owner Michel Reybier.
The restaurant is a large courtyard-style space which looks up towards the surrounding hotel. It feels private, reserved and exclusive.
First came an amuse Bouche of marcel paté on a crouton. My partner had Burrata with prosciutto, heritage tomatoes and giant Mediterranean capers with balsamic vinegar. We were served house champagne but couldn’t resist a bottle of Pagode De Cos red wine with the mains.
Next came penne pasta with pesto — a rich, buttery egg concoction paired with seven-year-old parmesan shavings and a sensual mixed green salad.
As the evening darkened candles were lit and it became clear La Pogode de Cos is obsessed with lighting.
A dozen palm trees in wooden cases each have their own golden up-lights and traditional wall lanterns that are fixed to the hotel’s facades which produce a beautiful, hazel coloured light.
Mains were beef satay skewers, slightly crisp on the outside and medium on the inside served with creamy mashed potato and a delicate spicy sauce.
My partner’s steak tartare with spring onions and chips, was also a winner.
Unquestionably Five Stars
Desert dazzled as we shared one coffee éclair and two thinly rolled crêpes, one filled with homemade chocolate sauce, another with thick salted caramel.
Four diamond-shaped scoops of vanilla ice cream spaced out on a long side plate completed the presentation.
It’s safe to say the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is worthy of their five stars.
Lewis Andrews travelled as a guest of the Grand Hotel du Palais.