A Barbie Hotel? In Paris?
Yes, for $1,900 per night.
Barbie and Paris—what a combo, right? But it’s been only a dream until now.
The Hotel Plaza Athenee, a legendary five-star hotel in Paris, will have a custom Barbie room ready later this summer for hard-core addicts who want to spend the night in a 1950s, Pepto-Bismol-pink French fantasy featuring their favorite doll. Among the touches: monogrammed Barbie sheets, pink-and-white striped wallpaper and a desk chair modeled after designer Eero Saarinen’s midcentury modern Tulip chair. A computer’s also included, because Barbie fans need their Wi-Fi.
The Barbie deal is a departure for the Plaza Athenee, one of the most distinguished hotels in Paris. Guests over the years have included Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and Gary Cooper.
This isn’t the first time that Barbie’s been the theme of upscale real estate. Last year, designer Jonathan Adler outfitted a 3,500-square-foot California pad (just like Barbie’s Malibu Dream House) in classic retro style to honor Barbie’s 50th birthday. (We’ll spare you the jokes about how good she looks for her age.) Pink predominated there as well, though Adler daringly added touches of red. Adler is also the creative force behind the Barbie Suite at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. It costs $4,400 per night per couple, but you get chocolate-covered strawberries as part of the package, so it’s probably worth it.
Barbie’s Paris pad is aimed more at younger fans, with guests from age 3 to 16 promised a “very special Barbie-inspired gift.” The rooms are available from Aug. 6 through Sept. 2. “Family packages” include a Barbie room plus a connecting room for parents ($1,900 per night) and a Barbie room plus a connecting suite for parents ($2,400 per night).
The one thing that’s missing is an ooh-la-la view of the Eiffel Tower. Instead, the window in the room shows the new Paris: construction cranes and sleek buildings rising to the sky. It’s an unintentional reminder that nothing stays the same forever—except Barbie. (www.gadling.com)
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.