Let the Glass be Your Muse at Paris’ Le Royal Monceau

Philippe Starck glasses at Le Royal Monceau

Order a cocktail at the Le Bar Long, the chic lounge at Le Royal Monceau Raffles hotel in Paris,  and you may be surprised by the follow-up question: Would you like to choose the glass?

Your response may find the bartender ascending a ladder to claim a striped Art Deco beauty from the top shelf, or stretching to reach the practically glowing red goblet in the far corner. Even more intriguing than this treasure hunt is the fact that all 300-plus glasses were hand-selected by designer Philippe Starck himself, foraged at flea markets in Paris, and beyond.

Undoubtedly, I’ll be treating myself to one of these sophisticated libations–and the whimsical game that accompanies it–next time I’m in Paris. See you there!

Photo credit: © Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris