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Raffles Signs Agreement with Royal Monceau Pte Ltd to Manage the Historic
Le Royal Monceau Hotel in Paris; Scheduled for Refurbishment in 2008


SINGAPORE, October 19, 2007 – Raffles Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement with Royal Monceau Pte Ltd to manage the historic Le Royal Monceau hotel in Paris.  The hotel will join Raffles Hotels & Resorts’ award winning collection of luxury properties in winter 2008.  

Le Royal Monceau is jointly owned by Alexandre Allard and Qatari developer, Barwa Real Estate, with Mr. Allard assuming majority ownership.  Alexandre Allard is a well respected French entrepreneur, known for his association with luxury brands and his visionary ventures. His heartfelt passion and vision for Le Royal Monceau is an inspiration, bringing together the sophistication of Parisian culture and the inimitable service for which Raffles is renowned worldwide.  

Le Royal Monceau is scheduled for refurbishment in 2008 and is greatly anticipated to re-open as a 21st century French masterpiece, fully restored to its former glory under the creative eye of renowned French designer, Philippe Starck.  When it re-opens, the hotel will feature 152 of the most spacious and luxurious rooms and suites in Paris, with each guestroom exuding the elegance and residential charm that Raffles hotels and resorts are known for, while maintaining Le Royal Monceau’s unique style which celebrates the French tradition of “art de vivre”.  

Raffles Hotels & Resorts will also introduce several environmentally friendly practices, such as the use of Hybrid cars, a solar energy heated swimming pool and recycling processes for water, when Le Royal Monceau makes its re-debut in 2008.  

Le Royal Monceau enjoys an unsurpassed location on Avenue Hoche, just minutes from the famous Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees.  The hotel opened in 1928, and since then has welcomed numerous dignitaries, celebrities and artists. 

Each level of the hotel will feature a private lobby and guests will be able to enjoy rooms that offer features unique in Paris, such as rooms with a view of the hotel’s generous landscaped gardens – a rarity in Paris, elegantly appointed duplex suites and rooms complemented with private balconies.  Each room will be individually designed and decorated with modern artwork and contemporary color palates to exude a timeless feel. 

When re-opened, Le Royal Monceau will offer five exquisite dining and bar options. From Italian favorites enjoyed al fresco style in the midst of an enchanting landscaped garden, to French cuisine in a fine dining ambience, gourmet aficionados will have much to revel in. 

Guests seeking a sophisticated luxury spa experience will find the new Spa at Royal Monceau an ideal sanctuary in which to indulge in the joy of living well.  With more treatment rooms to cater for the demand from wellness seekers, a beautifully redesigned indoor swimming pool and a new fitness center with top of the range equipment, the Spa promises to be a haven of wellness and bliss.  

With a team of private butlers, when Le Royal Monceau re-opens, guests will be pampered with attentive and intuitive service, all undertaken in the heartfelt and gracious manner for which Raffles is renowned. Residents wishing to discover some of the best kept secrets in Paris, the fashion mecca of the world, can also seek the advice of an in-house Fashion Advisor and Personal Shopper. 

Le Royal Monceau will make a precious addition to Raffles Hotels & Resort's collection of heritage properties, which includes Raffles Hotel Singapore, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap, Raffles Hotel Le Royal, Phnom Penh and Raffles Beijing Hotel, China.  The Group's approach to the restoration of historic buildings is underscored with a deep respect for each building’s treasured memories.  This sensitivity has earned for each of its heritage hotels and resorts global recognition as among the finest in the world.  
 
Raffles is a collection of luxury hotels and resorts worldwide, each distinguished by its luxury, elegance and residential charm.  Each hotel is a landmark in its respective city, positioned at the top of its local market and rated among the very best in the world. 

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Contact:

Tory Lorance
Laura Davidson Public Relations
P: 212-696-0660

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Also See: Hôtel Royal Monceau, Paris, Undergoing Renovation and Repositioning; Joins the Mandarin Oriental Brand / May 2004
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