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and peas) is a good choice. Cap this off with a bottle of Bordeaux (St. Estephe Les Ormes de Pez, 2006). For dessert, try the homemade mousse maison made with one hundred per- cent dark chocolate. 12/14 Rue de Marignan, Paris. www.HotelMarignan.Fr HOTEL PULLMAN PARIS TOUR EIFFEL Upon entering the Hotel Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel, the first thing you notice is–you guessed it–a magnificent, close-up view of the Eiffel Tower dominating the Paris skyline. The hotel, located on 18 Avenue de Suffren, recently underwent an extensive renovation, overseen by designer Christophe Pillet, re- nowned for his elegantly understated approach to interiors. This five-star hotel in the 7 th arrondisse- ment features a color palette of warm yellows, reds and oranges accentuated by forest greens and juxtaposed with wood, stone and mirrors. This harmony of colors lends itself to a sense of calm and tranquility, not found in usual chain hotels. Its 430 guest rooms, including 26 suites, all feature memory foam pillows. A popular place for meetings, there are twenty-three meeting spaces that can be set up for any function. On the tenth floor are the Business Playground

HOTEL MARIGNAN The epitome of a sophisticated boutique hotel quietly tucked into a street just off the Champs Elysees in the 8 th arrondissement, Hotel Marignan offers, in the words of its owner, Na- thalie Richard, luxury, authenticity, confidenti- ality and modernity. After a day of shopping and museum hop- ping, returning to this oasis, a home away from home, one can only marvel at its marriage of contemporary architecture and design while enjoying the spirit of its rich textured past. In its former life, the hotel was the private home of a succession of great families and gen- erals of the French Empire. It then became an aristocratic house when the Princess Charles- Marie de Faucigny-Lucinge, took possession to house her celebrated art collection. In 1925 it became the Elysees Palace. The reception rooms were retained while a succes- sion of owners transformed the building, little by little, adding rooms with ornamental col- umns and the terraces on the top floor, all in art deco style. The Richard family took ownership in 2004 and six years later, Nathalie Richard chose Pierre Yovanovitch, to put his signature style on this project. Guests entering the hotel are greeted by a red “serpent” sofa in the lobby, and “rainbow” book- shelves, juxtaposed with contemporary art. Ceramic lighting fixtures and sconces in the lobby and an exquisite chandelier in the bar and dining room add glamour to the décor. Suites on the parlor floor boast impressive thirteen-foot ceilings, others offer views of the Eiffel Tower with spacious terraces furnished PARIS, FRANCE

like outdoor living rooms. The hotel is exceptionally well sound- proofed, leading to a sense of absolute calm. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner in the exquisitely elegant and intimate dining room, where you can dine on such favorites as ar- tichauts poivrade barigoule (barigoule arti- chokes), slow cooked duck foie gras accom- panied by campagne kayser bread, a savory delicacy. For an entrée, the cote de veau roma- rin, accompanied by fevettes and petit pois, (a braised veal chop with rosemary, broad beans



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