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!!!!
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.
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