Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2019

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Situated on the magnificent Avenue Kléber, a mere five- minute walk from L'Arc de Triomphe, the Peninsula Paris offers an unrivalled grand hotel experience in a palatial setting. Constructed in the mid 19th century on a street lined with equally magisterial buildings, including embassies and consulates, the Peninsula offers imperial splendor updated with the very finest of modern amenities. Jen and I had decided to spend the second half of our trip in the heart of the Right Bank, surrounded by Napoleonic architecture, tree-lined avenues, war memorials and stratospherically priced coffee. With only three days available for sightseeing, Jen had planned everything down to the minute, with visits to the Louvre, the Pompidou Center and the Musée Picasso high on our list of things to do. We had scheduled time for a couple of leisurely lunches as well as the de rigeur café au lait and croissants at any number of outstanding bakeries. At some point we were also going to cross back over the river to have dinner halfway up the Eiffel Tower (the top floor, luckily for me, being closed for renovations) to further put to the test my fear of heights. With accommodations catering to every need, ranging from the Deluxe Room to the Rooftop Garden Suite, the Peninsula offers luxury at every level. Jen and I enjoyed a Junior Suite, which featured exquisite linens, a luxurious marble bathroom, a dressing room the size of our son's bedroom, and a small balcony with a retractable electric awning, from which we took in the breathtaking sights of the bustling city below. With a south-facing aspect, our rooms were showered with soft autumnal light during the day. As avid people watchers, Jen and I were fortunate that the Peninsula's Terrasse Kléber provides one of the best spots in the entire city in which to enjoy not only that activity, but exceptional café au lait and croissants. Bundling up against the cool temperatures, we ventured out to the terrace on our first morning, before allowing the chill to get the better of us and prompt a move indoors to the luxurious lobby area. Written by Jeffrey Cohen R IGHT BANK GRANDEUR e Peninsula Paris e grandest of grand hotels, in the heart of the Right Bank 90 slmag.net

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