Today (November 10, 2014): Top 10 most luxurious hotels in Paris.
Monumental squares, the centuries-old churches, the famous boulevards, the Seine and romantic bridges that cross it, the magnificent palaces, and Montmartre’s cobblestone streets make Paris one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The City of Light has not only inspired painters, sculptors, writers, poets and composers but also practically every major world capital, with every city claiming its own Champs-Elysèes. Cruise on the Seine or watch the world pass by from a café terrace or and it’s easy to understand why so many people fall in love with Paris. But what hotel do you need to book for a luxurious break in Paris? I hereby present you my top 10 of Paris’ most luxurious hotels.
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Conceived in 1892, this neo-classical chateau is a touch of added class in a city already swimming in it. 48 bespoke rooms house spoiled guests, all of whom will luxuriate in the confines of their room or suite, draped in heady fabrics, and framed by a well-curated collection of period furnishings. When not perusing the private gardens or the nearby sites including the Arc de Triomphe and Trocadéro, guests might choose to recharge in the Guerlain spa, with fitness room, steam rooms and indulgent massage parlors. Being French, the hotel is expected to have scrumptious fare in distinct surrounds — and it does. Enjoy a meal outdoors on the terrace, where hot air balloons hover over chatty diners. Indoors at the restaurant, coziness is served alongside rich and varied French cuisine.
- Hotel website: Saint James Paris
Park Hyatt’s coveted location brings the city to your doorstep, overlooking the fashionable Rue de la Paix and within walking distance of Place Vendôme and Opéra Garnier. Accepted into the prestigious Palace Hotels Group, the hotel is one of the most visually stunning luxury hotels Paris has to offer. Its striking blend of contemporary architecture and classic design was conceived by renowned designer Ed Tuttle, lending the hotel a sensual, understated elegance that extends throughout – from the lavish Parisian hotel suites to the captivating social areas and impressive meeting venues. The hotel boasts beautiful bars and some of the finest restaurants in Paris, including Le Pur’, holder of a Michelin star.
- Hotel website: Park Hyatt Paris Vendome
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g.room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, $100 USD food & beverage credit, and complimentary one-way private airport or train station transfers for all stays of 3 nights or above on Park Deluxe category or higher).
Combining exceptional 18th century opulence with contemporary chic, including eye-catching interiors by Philippe Starck, Le Meurice, part of The Dorchester Collection, embodies the perfect French palace hotel. Located between Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, Le Meurice is ideally situated for visiting the finest art that Paris has to offer. Salvador Dali was a regular visitor and today the hotel still enjoys a close relationship with many artists. Each of the seven floors has a distinct style, with beautifully appointed rooms and suites decorated in the style of Louis XVI, featuring exquisite Italian marble bathrooms. Highly acclaimed multiple Michelin-star chef Alain Ducasse oversees all hotel dining. Tranquil and modern, the newly refurbished Spa Valmont for Le Meurice specialises in treatments from Swiss skincare experts Valmont. For complete relaxation try the stunning mosaic hammams and sun terrace.
- Hotel website: Le Meurice
Le Bristol Paris is located on the prestigious rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré at the heart of Paris’ fashion and arts district, where it has been welcoming its esteemed guests since 1925. Its 188 rooms and suites have undergone extensive refurbishment, and are spacious and bright, decorated in classic eighteenth-century style. Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie stretches over three floors and is equipped with eight treatment rooms, including two twin rooms, m, a gym, a hair salon and the children’s play area, ‘Les Amis d’Hippolyte’. Epicure, the hotel’s 3 Michelin star-rated gastronomic restaurant, welcomes guests in its newly decorated setting with bay windows which open out onto the magnificent French-style hotel garden.Le Bristol Paris is part of the Oetker Collection, an exclusive collection of luxury hotels around the world.
- Hotel website: Le Britsol
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g.room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, and $100 USD spa credit).
Situated on rue Saint-Honoré, one of the most fashionable streets in the world, Mandarin Oriental lies in the heart of Paris. Surrounded by haute couture and only steps from the Louvre, the hotel exudes a timeless elegance with gorgeous, contemporary interiors. Beautifully designed and luxuriously appointed, the 138 rooms and 39 suites are among the most stylish and spacious in the city. Offering cutting-edge cuisine, deliciously light dishes and tantalizing cocktails in sophisticated surroundings, the Mandarin Oriental’s bar and restaurants are among the best in Paris. An oasis of Oriental wellbeing, the tranquil spa offers expert treatments, world-class therapists and restorative facilities.
- Hotel website: Mandarin Oriental Paris
Since 1913, Hôtel Plaza Athénée, part of The Dorchester Collection, has been welcoming guests delighted to stay on avenue Montaigne, the heart of haute couture. Today the hotel is still perfectly positioned for those wanting to explore the city’s designer fashion boutiques. Stay in luxurious comfort overlooking either the Eiffel Tower or the charming courtyard with its signature red awnings, perfect for al fresco summer dining and in winter features its own ice rink. Alain Ducasse, world-renowned multiple Michelin-starred chef, oversees all the hotel kitchens. To indulge in total serenity, Europe’s only Dior Institute is another hotel highlight, offering exclusive spa treatments in a stylish setting including a specialist manicure and pedicure area.
- Hotel website: Hotel Plaza Athene
Located just steps from the Champs-Elysées, with private terraces that command all of Paris, lovingly restored 18th-century tapestries, and a defining spirit of elegance and charm, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris redefined luxury in the City of Light. The hotel is housed in an eight-storey landmark built in 1928, and offers 244 luxury hotel guest rooms, an exquisite art collection and decadent fine dining with unmatched Four Seasons service. Inspired by French sophistication and Parisian decor, but with all the modern amenities to fit the North American culture seeker, George V is a truly outstanding experience in a class of its own. Part of that experience should include a delectable evening at the hotel’s famed and prestigious Le Cinq, where guests linger for hours over a tasting menu of courses that only improve with each serving.
- Hotel website: Four Seasons Hotel George V
- Other accolades: The Four Seasons Hotel George V also features in my top 10 list of the most amazing hotel lobbies in the world.
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g.room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, 85 euro spa credit, and during low season an added Virtuoso amenity to be determined by the hotel).
Starck-designed Le Royal Monceau hotel, a Raffles outpost in Paris housed in a colorful palace, knows a thing or two about art: it’s got a gallery, art-book shop and a dedicated art concierge, as well as a decadent, modern decor: exposed brickwork, plush carpets and iron railings. Expect the same plush, duvet-like carpet, individual artworks and enormous beds in all 149 rooms, including 64 suites. An on-site herb garden serves three restaurants: the punchy French La Cuisine and the glassed-in Italian Il Carpaccio.You can settle into the 99-seat private theater for some bespoke popcorn and a film, or relax in the award-winning spa.
In August 2014, Hong Kong-grade luxury moved into the City of Light (albeit two years behind schedule). It is the first European property of The Peninsula Hotels brand, which is widely acclaimed as one of the most exclusive hotel brands in the world. The Peninsula Paris is located in a late 19th century classic Haussmanian building, which first opened as one of Paris’s most luxurious “grands hotels” in 1908. Steeped in history, the property has been meticulously restored and discreetly modernised with the ultimate in 21st century convenience. The Peninsula houses 200 luxurious rooms, including 34 suites. Six years in the making, some of France’s finest artisans were hand-picked to undertake this stunning restoration.
- Hotel website: The Peninsula Paris
- Other accolades: The Peninsula Paris also features in my lists of the best new luxury hotels of 2014 and the top 10 most amazing city hotels in Europe.
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g.room upgrade, early check-in, late check-out, daily breakfast, $100 USD food & beverage credit, and complimentary soft drink mini bar, and a welcome amenity).
Built in 1896 as the private home of Prince Roland Bonaparte, the hotel achieves a balance between Asian Shangri-La hospitality and French art de vivre. Most of the 101 rooms enjoy mesmerizing views of the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. The old-world elegance of the room, lovingly adorned with the fine work of craftsmen, is mirrored in the city that lies just below. Weary eyes and feet can refresh in the hotel’s pool, the largest indoor option in Paris. Don’t forget a culinary voyage at L’Abeille, the hotel’s French gastronomic restaurant (2 stars in the Michelin Guide).
- Hotel website: Shangri-La Paris
- Other accolades: The Shangri-La Hotel Paris also features in my top 10 lists of the world’s most luxurious city hotels, the world’s most stunning indoor hotel pools, and Europe’s best hotel rooftops.
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, $100 USD hotel credit, early check-in and late check-out).