Peninsula Makes European Debut in Paris

Asian hotelier The Peninsula Hotels has opened its first European property, The Peninsula Paris, it announced last week.

Located in a historic building near the Arc de Triomphe, the hotel has 200 guest rooms and suites, six restaurants and bars, a rooftop terrace, luxury boutiques, a spa and four meeting rooms, including a traditional Parisian-style salon.

The world's 10th Peninsula hotel, The Peninsula Paris is located in the former international conference center of France's Ministry of Foreign Affair, which took the building over after World War II, when it served as the German army's French headquarters. The building -- which has undergone an extensive restoration -- dates back to 1908 and originally was a luxury hotel. One of its most famous guests, George Gershwin, wrote "An American Paris" while he was staying there in 1928.

"I am excited and proud to announce the latest addition to The Peninsula Hotels' family, The Peninsula Paris," Clement Kwok, CEO of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Ltd., which owns The Peninsula Hotels portfolio. "After many years of searching for a suitable project in Europe, I am delighted that we are making our entry in one of the most magical cities in the world, Paris."

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