Hotel Raphael – April 28, 2015

© Hotel Raphael Paris - - Courtesy of Hotel Raphael
© Hotel Raphael Paris – – Courtesy of Hotel Raphael

 

When elegance and understated opulence is of the upmost importance, surrounded by the right amount of refined etiquette, one should plant themselves at the wonderful Leading Hotels’ property, Hotel Raphael.  Located at 17 Avenue Kléber in the 16th Arrondissement, with a rooftop picture perfect view of the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur, you truly experience something amazing and special in this quaint oasis as the busy sounds of Paris dissipates once inside.  I was truly amazed of its proximity to the busy Champs-Elysées as the serene and peaceful atmosphere at Hotel Raphael tapped into both of my worlds – – leisure and epicurean exhaustion.

I must first thank Mr. Norbert HENROT, Director/Executive Manager, who has fashioned a very professional and highly skilled staff whose attention to detail and personal care is simply superb.  To Ms. Auriane MOREAU, your correspondences prior to our arrival made for a most memorable and flawless experience as spending time with Chef Etenine was quite amazing.  And Mr. Julien TONNERRE, thank you so very much for securing those hard to get reservations, especially The Magic Flute and l’Histoire de Manon.  How delightful it was to spend an afternoon at the opera and an exciting, yet peaceful evening at the ballet. Neither would have been possible if not for your assistance.  From our arrival to our departure, everyone was topnotch and extremely graceful!!!!

Hotel Raphael

 

Lobby Entrance
Lobby Entrance

 

Lobby
Lobby

 

Entrance to Le Raphael Restaurant & Le Bar
Entrance to Le Raphael Restaurant & Le Bar

 

Le Raphael Restaurant
Le Raphael Restaurant

 

Le Bar seating
Le Bar seating

 

Le Bar
Le Bar

 

Lobby
Lobby

 

Stairway to R & R
Stairway to R & R

 

Stairwell
Stairwell

 

The Suite
The Suite

 

View from the Balcony
View from the Balcony

 

View from the Balcony
View from the Balcony

 

The Suite with Lanson
The Suite with Lanson

 

Lanson
Lanson

 

The Suite
The Suite

 

The Suite
The Suite

 

 

Enjoyoing the Paris breeze with Lanson and fruit before lunch
Enjoyoing the Paris breeze with Lanson and fruit before lunch

 

Now, as I embarked upon this return, all I could recall was a quotation from  professor Daniel N. Robinson, “Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom,” and bloom they did as I once again dined my way through this amazing city of lights and gastronomic pleasures.  And here is where the first bloom blossomed: The next post – – My rooftop interview with Chef Etienne Barrier and lunch.

 

Rooftop terrace
Rooftop terrace

 

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