I made an appointment for a signature massage, expertly performed by Claire Foussat, certified in the ancient Indian art of Aruyvedic, one of my favorite techniques. The room was warm and private, although I was told more work was to be done on sound-proofing (a good idea). Facilities also include a small gym, limestone steam rooms and saunas in both mens and womens locker rooms. Three treatment rooms are appointed as beautifully as all the other rooms.
When you dine at Le Park, you will be awash in the genius behind the décor. The oh-so-soft lines of a central rotunda are demarcated by columns, around which the tables are situated. You never forget you are in a city inspired by poets, architects and visionaries in love with aesthetics and warmth.
The effect is one of understated grandeur and the open kitchen offers a delicious ambience to the theatrical experience. Most products are local and beautifully, presented, albeit a tad skimpy in portion size. But the French like eating often, so perhaps less is more when it comes to dining. The wine menu offers more than 160 wines and champagnes and the wine cellar is also available for perusal, right out in the open.
The Salons, the center of the hotel, also feature splendid paintings, dramatic colonnades, gilded ceilings and custom designed silk-cotton chenille, along with a simpler menu that includes a breakfast buffet, tea and assorted waters. Le Bar, open until dawn, is another wonderful place to settle in and enjoy the show. Two courtyards (one glassed-over, the other open air for summer) are divided by a large fireplace.
If there is a downside to staying here, (besides the expense!) it is the knowledge that youll have to leave.