5 of the best… blow-the-budget hotels

Posted on April 12, 2017 by VINGT Editorial
IMAGE: View of the Eiffel Tower from the spectacular Shangri-La Hotel Paris

The spectacular Shangri-La Hotel Paris boasts stunning views over the city

If you’re looking for somewhere special to stay, it’s no surprise that Paris is home to some of the world’s most exclusive hotels. In the first of a new series, here we bring you five of the very best

Words: Caroline Harrap


Le Bristol Paris
112 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 8th
Tel: +33 (0)1 53 43 43 00
Métro: St-Philippe-du-Roule
One of the first hotels to receive the coveted ‘Palace’ status, established by the French Minister of Tourism in 2010 to recognise the finest five-star establishments, this historic haven has become a benchmark for luxury hotels around the world. Renowned in particular for their impeccable service, they offer 190 guestrooms and suites decorated in the classic 18th-century Parisian style. Other highlights include a spectacular courtyard garden, mouth-watering Michelin fare (they have a grand total of four stars across their restaurants) and top-floor pool with views of the Eiffel Tower.

Four Seasons Hotel George V
31 avenue George V, 8th
Tel: +33 (0)1 49 52 70 00
Métro: Alma / Marceau
Built in the 1920s, this beautiful Art Deco hotel is another in the exclusive ‘Palace’ club with almost 250 luxury rooms and suites decorated in the Louis XVI style. Many of them also feature private terraces overlooking the city. Then there’s the three-star Michelin restaurant, Le Cinq (they are also the country’s only hotel to have a total of three Michelin-starred establishments), the swanky-but-intimate spa facilities and that spectacular marble-clad lobby. Oh, and don’t forget the world-renowned wine cellar 14 metres underground and home to a collection of 50,000 bottles.

IMAGE: The Alain Ducasse restaurant at Hôtel Plaza Athénée

The enchanting setting for the cuisine of Alain Ducasse at Hôtel Plaza Athénée (Photo (c) Pierre Monetta)

Hôtel Plaza Athénée
25 avenue Montaigne, 8th
Tel: +33 1 53 67 66 65
Métro: Alma / Marceau
Located on the tree-lined avenue Montaigne, home of Parisian haute couture, this spectacular ‘Palace’ hotel has played host to celebrities, politicians and even royalty ever since opening back in 1913. Recently refurbished, they now offer 154 guestrooms and 54 suites, all beautifully designed with French décor in mind, and many with views of the Eiffel Tower. There are also five restaurants, including the three Michelin-starred Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée, and they are home to Europe’s only Dior Institut, offering exclusive spa treatments.

IMAGE: Facade of the Ritz Paris

One of the world’s most famous hotels, the Ritz Paris (Photo © Vincent Leroux)

Ritz Paris
15 place Vendôme, 1st
Tel: +33 1 43 16 30 30
Métro: Madeleine
After an almost cinematic build-up, the most famous hotel in Paris reopened its doors in summer 2016 to much fanfare following an extensive four-year renovation. Opened originally in 1898, the Ritz has long been a gathering place for royalty, politicians and well-known names, such as Marcel Proust, Ernest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, Audrey Hepburn and Maria Callas, and that continues to this day. With stunning suites, Michelin-starred cuisine by chef Nicolas Sale, custom cocktails in the legendary Bar Hemingway and a state-of-the-art Chanel spa, surely it can’t be too long before this five-star hotel achieves its ‘Palace’ status too?

Shangri-La Hotel Paris
10 avenue d’léna, 16th
Tel: +33 1 53 67 19 98
Métro: Iéna
It may be owned by a company in Hong Kong but the Shangri-La is brimming with old-world French elegance reminiscent of the days when it was home to Napoleon Bonaparte’s grand-nephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte. Balanced with all the modern-day luxury you could wish for, this legendary address also boasts some of the best views of any hotel in the capital, two Michelin-star restaurants and a lovely indoor pool lit by natural light. With the one hundred or so rooms and suites designed to feel like a high-class private Parisian residence, this is another one with the all-important ‘Palace’ designation.