In the second of our new series showcasing the very best hotels across Paris, here we bring you five more exclusive destinations – all of them bestowed with the coveted French ‘Palace’ status…
Words: Caroline Harrap
228 rue de Rivoli, 1st
Tel: +33 1 44 58 10 10
One of only a handful of hotels to be awarded ‘Palace’ status, founded by the French Minister of Tourism to recognise the finest five-star establishments, Le Meurice combines 18th century opulence with contemporary chic – courtesy of designer Philippe Starck who worked on the refurbishment of 2016. Located in front of the famous Tuileries Gardens, accommodation ranges from gorgeous guestrooms to luxurious suites and off-the-scale grand apartments. The gastronomy is overseen by Alain Ducasse, whose two-star Michelin restaurant is heralded as one of the world’s most beautiful dining rooms.
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
5 rue de la Pai, 2nd
Tel: +33 1 58 71 12 34
Widely regarded as one of the most luxurious hotels in Paris, the Park Hyatt is located in an elegant building near the prestigious Place Vendôme and Palais Garnier. Offering world-class dining in five different restaurants, a celebrated spa and more than 150 contemporary guestrooms with seriously swanky bathrooms, not to mention some jaw-dropping palatial suites, it’s no wonder this is another hotel with the all-important ‘Palace’ designation. What is perhaps rather more surprising is that it’s also pet-friendly with dogs welcome.
The Peninsula Paris
19 avenue Kléber, 16th
Tel: +33 1 58 12 28 88
Born from one of the city’s original ‘grand hotels’, which in its day hosted such renowned guests as Marcel Proust, Pablo Picasso and George Gershwin (who wrote An American in Paris whilst staying there), The Peninsula now provides the very height of luxury. With a rooftop restaurant and terrace offering 360-degree views over Paris, an underground spa and swimming pool and one of the most expensive suites in the entire city, it’s no surprise that they too achieved the prestigious ‘Palace’ distinction in July 2016.
La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa
42 avenue Gabriel, 8th
Tel: +33 1 58 36 60 60
Métro: Franklin D Roosevelt
Located around the corner from the Elysée Palace, in a grand Haussmann-era mansion, this five-star hotel only opened at the start of 2015 but had already picked up the ‘Palace’ designation by November 2016. At the start of 2017, they were also named Best Hotel in France in TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards. Offering the most refined 19th century Parisian chic coupled with cutting-edge technology, an interactive tablet controls the TV, the temperature and the lighting in the 26 suites and 14 guestrooms. The double Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Gabriel, serves the finest French cuisine, and the sumptuous spa features a 16m pool.
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris
37 avenue Hoche, 8th
Tel: +33 1 42 99 88 00
Métro: Charles de Gaulle Étoile
Reopened in 2010 following a two-year transformation by design guru Philippe Starck (he’s had a busy time of late…), this legendary hotel was bestowed with its ‘Palace’ status in 2013. Offering almost 150 luxurious guestrooms and suites, including three 350sqm presidential suites, the chic décor blends retro and contemporary seamlessly. Other highlights include its own private art gallery, a 99-seat cinema, their Michelin-star Italian restaurant, Il Carpaccio, the award-winning Clarins spa and the largest swimming pool in a Paris hotel at 23m long.
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