Choice, is possibly the ultimate luxury anyone can have. But if you’re trying to choose a luxury hotel in Paris, you may find that too much choice, is not always a good thing.
To save you from analysis paralysis, we’ve concocted this little selection of hotels where you’re sure to find something that’ll tickle your fancy. From Fashionista’s to “staycationers” there’s something here for everyone.
L’Hôtel Plaza Athénée: For the fashionistas
What you’ll love:
- Ideal location on Avenue Montaigne, one of the world’s busiest fashion destinations.
- A stunning restaurant by Michelin-Star Chef Alain Ducasse.
- Paris’s only Dior Spa is in this hotel.
- One of the best views of the Eiffel Tower, right from your balcony.
Talking about Avenue Montaigne gets fashionista’s dreamy eyed so obviously, a hotel located on the famous avenue is the best place from which to stage your Parisian shopping spree. With fashion houses such as Prada, Saint Laurent, Fendi, Chanel Dior and much more, you’re in good company.
Le Bristol Paris: For the Epicures
What you’ll love:
- Two Michelin Star restaurants, including the acclaimed “Epicure” by Eric Fréchon.
- A beautiful courtyard garden, perfect for cocktails on a summer afternoon.
- Minutes from the Elysée Palace and on the luxurious Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Le Bristol takes the title of best hotel for foodies by offering two Michelin star restaurants to its guests. The jewel in the crown here, is the three Michelin star Epicure, one, if not the best, restaurant in Paris. Its little brother, the one star 114 Faubourg is a more relaxed bistro option, but with the same philosophy. A strong respect for the terroir and a passion for Haute Cusine.
La Réserve Paris Hôtel and Spa: Home away from Home
What you’ll like:
- More urban mansion than hotel.
- Common areas are reserved for guests.
- Discreet but excellent personalised service.
Want to make the city of light feel like your own? Well La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa is the hotel designed to provide that “home away form home” feel you often hear about. With common areas reserved to guests, a limited room count and discreet personalized service, there’s very little risk of you feeling like a number here. An ideal address on Avenue Gabriel makes exploring the city and coming back home afterwards an absolute joy.
Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris : For Art Lovers
What you’ll love:
- The hotel’s soul breathes art and a Phillipe Starck redesign is very much in the same spirit.
- Europe’s best private cinema can be found here.
- Art Concierge service available and an Art Gallery curated by Hervé Mikaeloff (from the Espace Culturel Luis Vuitton)
No other hotel in Paris has an Art Concierge on their payroll and the presence of this rather unique member of staff is just one of the reasons why we’re naming Le Royal Monceau the ideal hotel for art lovers.
Art aficionados will also love the hotel’s expansive collection, mostly fine art photography, put on display in the rooms and common areas of the hotel. The bookstore, “La Librairie des Arts”, is a collection of over 700 titles dedicated to the world of art and movie lovers owe it to themselves to try out the hotel’s Katara Cinema, a high tech shrine considered to be Europe’s most modern screening room and a veritable shrine to the 7th art.
Relais Christine: For those in search of Zen
What you’l love:
- A peaceful enclave in Paris’s Latin area, set between a flowered courtyard and flowered garden.
- Built upon the remains of a 13th century Abbey, the hotel draws a unique atmosphere from its predecessor and channels its peacefulness.
- An ideal location by Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Paris’s cultural landmarks.
A reconverted 13th century Abbey, tucked away in a courtyard of Paris’s Latin Quarter, the Relais Christine, is one of the city’s best kept secrets. If sipping on a steaming cup of tea in a leafy garden after a day out spent visiting museums (Le Louvre and Notre Dame are not far), restaurants and cafés sounds appealing, then this may just be the hotel for you.
One of the hotel’s most striking features is its well being area. Down in the hotel’s vaults, guests are pampered in a striking setting which combines the old stone vaults of the abbey with modern woods and mosaics. It’s not the biggest wellness area you’ll find, but it more than makes up for it with character and authenticity.
Saint James Paris: For the stylishly offbeat
What you’ll love:
- The interiors by Bambi Sloan take their cue from no one. Eclectic and playful the design of the Saint James Paris is a marvel to watch.
- A country style chateau in the middle of Paris surrounded by wall and garden is an absolute rarity.
- Dining at the hotel’s Michelin-Star restaurant is a delight and its period setting, left intact, makes the experience even more special.
Leave any expectations of what a 19th century chateau ought it be at the door, because the Saint James Paris, will do away with them right at check in. Bearing the mark of Bambi Sloan, the interiors feel like they wouldn’t look out of place in an Alice in Wonderland set: Doors painted to represent optical illusions, hot air balloons in the courtyard, mismatching colors in the rooms, it all adds up to one glorious hotel that you will just love.