As first impressions go, The Mandeville Hotel certainly appears to tick all the right boxes, from the stately entrance triumphantly flying the British flag for Queen and country, to the attentive porter who immediately unburdens us of our luggage and ushers us through the glamorous Art Deco inspired foyer to the reception desk, where we are courteously greeted for check-in, before soon in the lift and on our way up to get acquainted with our 2nd floor deluxe suite.
From the ornate splendour of its golden sandstone exterior, to the arresting views across the Thames from the roof terrace of the Royal Penthouse; Corinthia have not only succeeded in returning this once iconic building to its former glory, but in surpassing it, crafting a Grand Hotel truly fit for the 21st Century.
Hélène Rochas is still considered the epitome of Parisian chic and elegance. The former CEO of fashion house, Rochas, Hélène took charge of the business after the death of her husband, turning it into a multi-million pound couture house and a world-renowned fragrance business. Living in her 7th arrondissement apartment for more than 60 years, the model turned businesswoman turned socialite amassed an extraordinary and exquisite collection of art and furnishings, which will up for sale at Christie’s Paris on September 27th.