Peninsula Paris

Peninsula Paris. Courtesy of the Peninsula Hotels.

The Hôtel Majestic in Paris’s swank 16th arrondissement was once the stomping ground of Marcel Proust, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, and George Gershwin, who penned An American in Paris while staying there in 1928. This month, the neoclassical building, which has been given a major makeover, will reopen as the Peninsula Paris, the Peninsula Hotels’ first European outpost, boasting 200 rooms—some with private gardens—six restaurants, and a grand gilded lobby where 21st-century Americans in Paris will no doubt savor afternoon tea.