PRINCE DE GALLES
An art deco redux
DESIGN NOTES: The 159-room hotel reopened last year following a two-year, $100 million renovation. Designers Pierre-Yves Rochon and Bruno Borrione sought to revive the property’s Art Deco splendor. Makassar ebony features in cabinets and trim throughout. The walls of the upper floors are lined with classic Vogue magazine photos of the era. The original mosaic flooring of the interior patio has been restored. All that’s missing are the flappers.
BACKSTORY: In the 1920s, Paris City Hall auctioned a parcel of land just off the Champs-Élysées. Two developers battled over the property, which was eventually split between them. One half became the George V Hotel, the other the Prince de Galles, which was built in 1928. Its architect, André-Louis Arfvidson, was inspired by the Decorative Arts exhibition (where the term Art Deco originated) that had taken Paris by storm a few years earlier.
CLAIM TO FAME: The Prince de Galles was originally built to be a home away from home for the future English king, Edward VIII. Edward never stayed at the hotel named in his honor, but it has attracted many other luminaries, including Winston Churchill, Elvis Presley, Marlene Dietrich and, more recently, Michael Jackson, who was a frequent guest here. The flashbulbs mostly pop next door at the George V, which serves the international celebrity crowd, while the Prince de Galles has traditionally been favored by those valuing a bit more privacy and discretion.