Even though Paris is considered to be the world’s fifth most expensive city for tourists to visit, the City of Lights continues to attract millions of visitors each year who are craving to experience its magical atmosphere and refined beauty.
Its atmosphere inspires the visitor to live “La Belle Vie” when in Paris: to indulge into smaller or bigger luxuries like to do a little pampering, relax, taste fine french cuisine and most of all, to enjoy the city’s magical vibe without even stepping outside your hotel room.
What better way to experience all the above, than staying in one of Paris’ Top Luxury Hotels?
#1. SHANGRI-LA HOTEL
The Shangri-La is an extraordinary luxury hotel of exquisite, royal beauty located at the heart of Paris. The building was originally the property of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Roland Bonaparte, built from 1892 to 1896 and used as a palace until his death in 1924. Today, the elegantly-decorated belle epoque building hosts 54 hotel rooms.
The traditional Chinese artifacts – inspired by the owners’ origins – don’t seem odd under the roof of this magnificent example of French architecture as they blend excellently with the “B” emblems of the Bonaparte family and the characteristic big, impressive chandeliers at the hotel’s Grand Salon.
The hotel also hosts a Michelin rated restaurant.
#2. MANDARIN ORIENTAL PARIS
A fashionable, state-of-the-art hotel at the glamorous Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris, the Mandarin Oriental succesfully combines the luxurious velvet detailing in its rooms, enormous bathrooms with fine marble decoration, top-notch amenities and services along with the latest interior design trends.
It the place-to-be lately in Paris, welcoming the most glamorous personalities in the city in its luxurious restaurant, Sur Mesure: its menu is said to be one of the finest the city has seen in years. The hotel has also one of the coolest views of the Eiffel Tower.
The hotel has 138 sophisticated, state of the art rooms featuring various oriental-inspired details with a deep respect to the traditional Parisian interior design.
Info: Mandarin Oriental, 251 Rue Saint-Honoré, Paris (+33 1-70-98-78-88)
#3. HOTEL PLAZA ATHENEE
Hotel Plaza Athénée is located near Champs-Élysées at the very centre of the Parisian capital. It is one of the most luxurious hotels in the city, a perfect example of refined French style and impeccable elegance. In 2011 the French government awarded the hotel the palace distinction – the highest achievement of luxury in France – recognising this way its uniqueness.
The hotel owns the biggest and most expensive luxurious suite in Paris, the Royal Suite, a top-rated suite by critics all around the globe. Except for that, the famous Alain Ducasse creates the menu of the hotel’s restaurant “Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée”, continuing a 25-year old tradition of excellence.
Sex & The City fans may as well remember the hotel from the series’ two final episodes when Carrie was living in the hotel’s Prestige Suite with the exquisite view to the Eiffel Tower.
Info: Hotel Plaza Athénée, 25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris (+33-1-53-67-66-65)
The Royal Suite is the most expensive suite in Paris
Sex & the City Moments, An American Girl in Paris: The Prestige Suite hosted Carrie in Paris
#4. PRINCE DE GALLES HOTEL
Dating back to the 1920’s, the recently-renovated Prince de Galles is a true gem of the Parisian Art Deco movement. Located in a beautiful corner of the French capital, 5 minutes away from the famous Champs-Élysées and Avenue Montaigne.
The influence of Art Deco can be recognised in the design all of its rooms and suites: the two-toned carpets, rounded furniture, colorful armchairs and the mosaic bahrooms are only a few characteristic details.
The menu of its exquisite restaurant, La Scène, is curated by the executive chef Stéphanie Le Quellec.
Info: Prince de Galles, 33 Avenue George V, Paris (+33-1-53-23-77-77)
#5. LE BRISTOL
Le Bristol, built in 1925, is one of the city’s most historical hotels. One of the favorite meeting spots for politicians and the Parisians who love wandering around the elegant city centre. It is located near the Elysée Palace and the quiet Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Beyond a doubt magnificent, decorated with well-polished fine marbles, displays with unique pieces from the most luxurious jewelry shops in Paris and excellent flower pieces welcoming its guests, the hotel’s deco features the personal touches of Maja Oetker – the hotel’s owner – following a classic and rather conservative design with vintage furnitures, colorful wallpapers, velvet detailing and gold-plated chandeliers.
Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris’ was filmed there. Incredible indeed!
Info: Le Bristol, 112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris (+33-1-53-3-43-00)
Midnight in Paris, Roof Top, Le Bristol Hotel
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