All that jazz in Paris

All that jazz in Paris

Amid all the Great Gatsby-themed cocktails, afternoon teas and parties of the moment is a proper homage to the Jazz Age.

The Prince de Galles was built in the 1920s so that Edward VIII had somewhere fine to stay when in Paris. In its heyday, the swish hotel just off the Champs-Elysees also welcomed Sir Winston Churchill and Marlene Dietrich. After a no-expense-spared two-year revamp it is reopening.

Much of its Art Deco style has been retained, with geometric wallpapers, glossy black marble floors and statement chandeliers throughout. The muted bedrooms are in creamy cappuccino shades or pale blues, and have elaborate chocolate-and-gold mosaics in the bathrooms. Paintings by Tamara Lempicka and striking black-and-white fashion photographs line the hallways.

Chef Stephanie Le Quellec, who previously worked in five-star hotel kitchens in the South of France, heads up La Scene restaurant, which serves simple Provencal cuisine. There’s also a St Tropez-like terrace, complete with palms.

Prince de Galles, a Luxury Collection Hotel, 33 Avenue George V, Paris, France (00 33 1 53 23 77 77; Doubles from €600

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