The hotels on this list have been curated expressly for their luxury, their warmth, their convenient locations and gracious amenities and, above all, for that safe haven they afford you and your loved ones during your stay in Paris, the City of Light.
Paris is the city that coined the term Palace for its ultra-luxury hotels, of which there are now more than a handful. But rather than pack this list exclusively with Palace Hotels, I've included only two and for the rest on this list you will find a range of 5-star hotels to luxury boutiques. The five-star luxury hotels are becoming more numerous each year, with the biggest slice of the Paris pie still taken by the three- and four-star hotels but which have felt the competition from the burgeoning vacation apartment rentals to be found in the city. The trend of rent-your-spare-room-to-vacationers has quickly become the hottest thing in Paris, too, as it has elsewhere.
The range of quality accommodations you can find in Paris is staggering; From dens of luxury and opulence to cosy little apartment-like dwellings. The city offers beautiful accommodations whether you are visiting on business, leisure or for family reasons. You can also find hotels with babysitting services and activities designed for the kids for that date-night with your spouse or the afternoon at the spa.
All of these hotels on this list have flawless service and amenities such as WiFi and other standards the international traveler has come to expect. The classic hotels often have a dedicated breakfast room where you can sneak a peek at your fellow travelers. Business and leisure travelers may opt for a hotel with a good concierge, for those must-have dinner reservations or concert tickets. Paris... there's nothing like breakfast in bed of croissants and café au lait while overlooking the Eiffel Tower or the Sacré Coeur from your top-floor balcony.
Hotel Ritz Paris
Located in an extremely upscale neighborhood, the Hotel Ritz Paris also places guests within easy walking distance of some of the most popular attractions and destinations of the city. The shopping of the Galeries Lafayette, the art of the Louvre, and the history and sightseeing of the Champs-Elysees are all within 1 mile of the grounds.
All of the bedrooms in the Hotel Ritz Paris are outfitted with high-speed Internet access, a personal safe, climate controls, satellite TV, a full-sized bathroom with tub, wake up services, a hair dryer, and room service.
Visitors to the hotel will be able to rely on the many amenities which include 24-hour front desk service, child care options, a business service center, meeting and conference rooms, a modern fitness room, and the Chanel spa, the first in the world.
Hotel Fouquet's Barriere
A dedicated butler sees to your every whim, round-the-clock, from the moment you check-in. Amenities also include one of Paris's largest hotel swimming pools, which adjoins the one-of-a-kind Shiseido USpa. Upon arrival, children are gifted a treasure map to search for the hotel's mascot, a ladybug (which, everyone knows, brings good luck).
Dignified Luxury. This term refers to Fouquet's Leading Green Certification ethics and its philosophy that the environment need not be abandoned in the quest for luxury. Step foot inside this historical icon located where the Avenue George V meets the Champs-Elysées and you would never guess that the sumptuous gold-and-velvet Jacques Garcia designs surrounding you are sustainably certified.
Fouquet's is synonymous with French film stars. Each year the winners of the Cesar's, France's "Oscar's", are féted here with a gala dinner. But back in horse-and-buggy days, it was simply the chosen watering hole of the Champs-Elysées carriage drivers.
Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
A 5-star luxury hotel in the heart of Paris, this hotel has the added advantage of being nestled up against the Palais Royal. When celebrated interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon refurbished it, he preserved the quintessence of its Parisian chic by designing around the original forged iron staircase while preserving the historical heritage architecture and building façade.
The top-floor rooms' and suites' panoramic views sweep across the city from the Sacre-Cœur to the Eiffel Tower. Noble décor materials include Calacatta marble for the bathrooms, Tai Ping rugs, Saarinen chairs and tables by Knoll and Zuber wall-coverings.
The restaurant on the lobby level, Le Lulli, is one of the finer dining restaurants in the city. It's also where breakfast is served. And being just across the street from both the Palais Royal and the Louvre means you are within arm's reach of more cultural activities than you could fit into a lifetime.
Hotel Barriere Le Normandy
For many Americans, Normandy is a required pilgrimage, a short day trip from Paris where we pay homage to our WWII veterans.
Deauville, the picturesque coastal resort town of Normandy and home to the American Film Festival, is just two hours by train from Paris. It has long been nick-named the 21st Arrondissement of Paris because of its glamorous reputation as the playground for the rich and famous.
This anchor hotel of the Barriere collection has just enjoyed a top-to-bottom refresh and all in toile de jouy. The color themes of the 271 rooms and suites range from bordeaux to sea blue.
The lobby bar welcomes you with plush velvet seating and a menu that is every inch Barriere. For dinner at La Belle Epoque, be sure to reserve in advance. The beach is across the street, the Casino is just next door and don't miss the Spa Diane Barriere. (0231986622)
Le Meurice Hotel Paris
Salvador Dali spent 6 months out of the year in residence here and his spirit still infuses the myth of this rue de Rivoli crown jewel of the Dorchester Collection. Opulent rooms, stellar service and ornately decorated restaurants make Le Meurice a top-shelf choice for Paris visitors who are looking to make their hotel as memorable a part of their journey as Paris itself. Boasting past patrons from Queen Elizabeth to the composer Tchaikovsky, the Le Meurice takes itself very seriously.
Spa Valmont, a 430 sq. feet fitness center and recently refurbished first floor suites fill out the complete picture. Also on the First Floor in one of the suites is the fabulous Christophe Robin Hair Salon, colorist to the stars.
At Le Meurice you'll be staying across from the Tuileries Gardens in rooms decorated with palace touches and a hotel staff who anticipates your every need.
The luxury boutique Hotel Montalembert is ideally situated in the heart of Saint Germain-des-pres in the famous Left Bank. It was the first "boutique" hotel to open in Paris 25 years ago, though first built in 1926. Its 50 rooms and 10 suites has just had a "reawakening" by architect decorator Pascal Allaman.
Located in a very charming street just near rue du Bac, a street that is lined with several of the city's best pastry shops, guests will enjoy staying in this fashionable district of Paris. The Musee d'Orsay is a few minutes'walk away.
The newly renovated hotel with modern tones is housed in an 8 storey traditionally Parisian building. Large windows render the rooms luminous and welcoming with a few affording straight views onto the Eiffel Tower.
This charming hotel was first built in 1926 and offers guests an intimate and warm atmosphere.
Hotel Daniel Paris
Once you find this sumptuous self-standing mansion tucked away in the quietest of nooks back behind the Champs-Elysées, you will think you've stumbled onto an oasis of refined luxury. And you have. This hotel is furnished in exotic antiques from around the world, as if the owners went on treasure-hunting safaris to places like Burma, Kenya and Surinam. It's the kind of surroundings that make you feel like you've just stepped off the Orient Express and that the livery boy will be arriving shortly with your steamer trunks.
The sitting room/ tea salon/ lounge downstairs is not necessarily for guests only and it remains one of the most discreet, and luxuriously inviting, little hideaways near the Champs to sip a glass of champagne ––" alone or in good company. It is a member of the Relais & Chateaux group of small luxury hotels.
Hotel du Petit Moulin
Nestled in the trendy Marais district of Paris, nearPlace des Vosges square, the New Boutique Hotel du Petit Moulin is quite a unique Paris venue. When booking a stay at the hip 4-star Paris Hotel signed Christian Lacroix guests will literally live inside a work of Art and have an easy access to both Picasso and Carnavalet museums, as well as the fashion boutiques, restaurants, cafes and theaters of the vibrant 3rd arrondissement of Paris. Behind the historic facade of what used to be Paris' oldest bakery shop, the new fashionable Art Hotel du Petit Moulin is an inspirational collage of Old World charm and smart, eclectic interior design, offering world-class services and amenities in the heart of the City of Lights. Treat yourself to the appeal and luxury of one of its 17 guest rooms, each one reflecting a specific aspect or period of the Marais district, altogether grand, historic, hip and slightly decadent. An invitation to a time travel, a journey in your Paris journey. And after a long day's visiting Beaubourg or strolling along the Seine banks, come and unwind at the Bar, with genuine Parisian flair.
Hotel Raphael Paris
Ideally located few steps away from the Champs-Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, the Raphael Hotel is a peaceful haven on the Avenue Kleber. Each room and suite provide a magical blend of traditional modernity and sumptuous, welcoming simplicity. Business people, political leaders, show-biz entertainers, literary figures and other discerning guests all choose to stay at this beautiful property.
Business facilities Audio/Visual Equipment Banqueting Centre Internet Business Centre Business facilities Conference Centre Conference Rooms Courier services Digital Lines Executive lounge Fax Fax service Flipchart Computer in room Meeting Rooms Modem Access Overhead projector PC for Guests Photocopying Printer Private sun terraces Secreterial Service slide projector sound equipment translation services TV video conferencing ADSL internet
Children facilities Babysitting Cot on request
Hotel facilities 24 hour security Room Service Air Conditioning Air-conditioning in public areas airport shuttle service (on request)* Elevator/Lift Express check-in/check-out Free newspaper
Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel
There are those rare hoteliers that get it just right. Because getting it just right in the hospitality industry is an art. It starts with the location and extends to the finest details like fresh flowers and a welcoming hello.
This little 97-room hotel gets things right. Just off the fashion runway-like rue St. Honoré and a hop-skip away from the Jardins des Tuileries and Place Vendôme, you are in the sweet spot of Paris. Add to this the upbeat Renaissance vibe, the Bar Chinois, a sauna/steam room/swimming pool in the natural-lit basement and things just keep getting better.
Most rooms here are quite spacious, with a few master-bedroom/adjoining sitting-room suites. Local artists are invited, on a rotating basis, to decorate these suites with their artworks, lending a curated personal touch. Bulgari luxury amenities and full American breakfast complete the picture for this friendly, upbeat Paris home away from home. (01 40 20 20 00)
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