Top 5 Luxury Palace Hotels in Paris

..The Capital's Most Prestigious Lodgings

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As a global center of art, fashion, high cuisine and architecture, it’s no surprise that Paris counts some of the world’s most sought-after luxury palace hotels. The term “palace” hotel has only been in official use since 2010, when the French government decided to award a small number of 5-star hotels the label as a mark of exceptional quality and prestige. We’ve selected 5 of these as our absolute favorites.

Not only do these coveted Parisian institutions offer crème de la crème lodging– they also are well-known for their Michelin-starred restaurants, spectacular, verdant gardens, rooftop pools and world-class spas. No luxury excursion to the French capital would be complete without a stay at one of these revered hotels. Surprised the Ritz didn’t make the list? The recent revamp of the famous hotel on Place Vendome might help convince the judges to consider it for next year…

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Le Plaza Athenée: Gastronomic excellence and a sumptuous Dior spa

The signature red-and-white colour theme at this Parisian institution on Avenue Montaigne has become closely associated with prestige and glamour in the city of light. First opened in 1913, the Plaza Athenée is renowned for its restaurant from acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse– one that has held steadily to its three Michelin stars over many years and fierce competition. It currently ranks 13th among 50 of the world’s best restaurants–for those seeking gastronomic excellence, look no further.

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The Louis XVI-style rooms and suites all feature Italian-style marble bathrooms, sumptuous furniture and linens, and decadently relaxing sitting areas. Many rooms boast stunning views of monuments including the Eiffel Tower. Meanwhile, the leafy garden terrace and Dior Institute guarantee a luxurious stay– the Institute has regularly been praised as one of the world’s best spas, featuring products and exclusive treatments from the haute-couture house.

The front of Plaza Athenee hotel in Paris
Le Plaza Athénée

Le Meurice: For architectural charm and a revered jazz bar

One of the ultra-prestigious Dorchester Hotel properties, few places in the capital are more synonymous with palace-level luxury than Le Meurice. Overlooking the formerly royal Tuileries Gardens and in close reach of the Louvre, the Meurice combines old-world and contemporary elegance. Design-wise, traditional 18th-century French elements blend with the modern vision of famed architect Philipe  Starck, who redesigned the hotel in 2016 to give each floor its own distinctive, often quirky, theme. For anyone interested in architecture and design who want both delivered in an ultra-luxurious setting, the Meurice can’t be beat.

The hotel’s eponymous 2-star Michelin restaurant from Alain Ducasse offers top-rate French cuisine, while the Bar 228 has gained a reputation as one of the city’s most elegant jazz bars, serving inventive– and prestigious– cocktails from famed barman William Oliveri. There’s also a restaurant, Le Dali, named in honour of the moustachioed surrealist artist who frequented the hotel.

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A junior suite in Le Meurice in Paris.
Le Meurice

Le Bristol: Louis XV rooms and a stunning rooftop pool

This glamorous palace hotel has a strong Hollywood connection: stars from Ava Gardner to Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin favoured it as a place to rest their gorgeous heads while sejourning in Paris. Musicians and artists such as Josephine Baker and Mick Jagger have also frequented the hotel, holding lavish parties and openings. More recently, Woody Allen filmed it for his love-letter to the capital, “Midnight in Paris“.

In addition to its three-star Michelin restaurant, Epicure, headed by celebrated chef Eric Frechon, the Bristol’s outstanding feature is its rooftop pool and its spa. Featuring products from La Prairie, the spa is one of the most sought after places to unwind and relax in the capital, and affords some stunning views of the city.

Owned by the Oetker family, the Bristol boasts 190 rooms including 100 suites, sumptuously decorated with Louis XV and Louis XVI furniture. It’s also coveted for its green, leafy premises: the outdoor 1,200 sqm garden and terrace are a verdant escape from the stress of the city.

The suite prestige in the Bristol hotel in Paris
Le Bristol

Le Royal Monceau Raffles: For art, cinema and design fans

A concept palace hotel that’s clearly the artiest among those on our list, the Royal Monceau Raffles is pushing the envelope with a focus on bold, nearly avant-garde design and themes that elsewhere might not quite spell ultra-luxury. Yet here, it works. Philippe Starck was again entrusted to revamp this Parisian institution, and his bold vision can be seen throughout the sprawling premises.

Boasting a large art bookshop, a full cinema, a contemporary art gallery and a private collection featuring some 300 original works of art, Le Royal Monceau is, it’s fair to say, “far more” than an ultra-luxury hotel. It’s a self-declared temple to contemporary artistic creation. But luckily for discerning travelers, all the sumptuous features of a palace property remain at their fingertips, from the city’s largest hotel swimming pool to the gorgeous, mirrored spa with products and treatments from Clarins. Meanwhile, the restaurant scene here is edgy and trendy, from the 1-star Michelin Il Carpaccio restaurant, featuring gastronomic Italian cuisine, to the Japanese-themed Matsuhisa, one of the hottest restaurants in the capital and headed by Chef Nobu.

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The swimming pool on a terrace in the Royal Monceau Raffles in Paris
Le Royal Monceau Raffles

Four Seasons Georges V: Private Terraces With Sweeping City Views

With 244 superb rooms, the Four Seasons Georges V is situated near the prestigious Avenue des Champs-Elysées and remains one of the city’s most sought-after palace hotels. Particularly coveted for its 30 rooms with large private terraces– and breathtaking views over the city’ most famous landmarks– the Four Seasons is also home to 3-star Michelin restaurant Le Cinq, headed by lauded chef Christian Le Squer. He recently redesigned the menu, updating it for the 21st century.

Throughout the hotel, guests can bask in the traditional French decor, which includes sumptuous tapestries hung throughout the premises. The hotel’s lush interior garden seating area with glass rooftop is perfect for brunch or an afternoon tea. Meanwhile, the fourth-floor pop-up spa provides top-rate treatments while the permanent spa, hammam and pool undergo renovations into 2018.

The cour de marbre of the Four Seasons hotel
Four Seasons Georges V

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