Breaking the Glass ceiling
Once a meeting place for alumni of the elite Ecole Centrale school in France, and built as the private home of the Duchesse of Rivoli, Princess d'Essling, the Maison Champs Elysées was recently turned into a discreet luxury hotel, designed by Martin Margiela. The designer sticks to his classic white with tones of black, creating sumptuous austerity, inviting the guest to rest after the hustle and bustle of a day in Paris
. A quiet address far from the hoi polloi and paparazzi at the more famous hotels. If staying in is what you're looking for there is also an excellent restaurant, La Table de Huit where chef Benîot Hilaire creates light, trendy dishes inspired by the season. I still remember the truffle risotto I had last year! My date appreciated the relaxed service and surprisingly reasonable prices. And the cocktail bar is better than average for Paris, with original concoctions that actually taste good.