From its legendary cuisine to its trend-setting fashion to its iconic architecture, Paris is effortlessly chic. Few places in the world do glamour quite like the capital of France, and its hotel scene is no exception, whether it’s a reflection of the decadent grandeur of Versailles or its contemporary suaveness. Here we take a look at the five best luxury hotels in Paris.
Fauchon L’Hotel Paris
This the first foray into the hotel world for Fauchon, the iconic epicerie (luxury delicatessen) of Paris, and the result is as delicious as you’d imagine. The entire ethos of the hotel revolves around indulgent gastronomic experiences, and dining in the Grand Café Fauchon is a delightfully lavish affair. While the food thrills, the décor is not to be left out of the party with its glamourous, multi-sensory style celebrating that inimitable Parisian flair. Rooms are serene in pale pink and beige tones, while out in the corridor bursts of hot pink and zigzags evoke that distinctive cheekiness for which Fauchon is famed. This is the perfect hotel in which to capture the essence of Paris – trendy, fun, cultured, and with a dash of daring.
Combine the elegance of Italy with the sophistication of France and you get a hotel which simply oozes charm. Hotel Castille is located next door to Coco Chanel’s original haute couture studio in the first arrondissement of Paris and is the perfect marriage of the two Mediterranean countries. From the fountain-clad courtyard adorned with Italian frescoes, to the 108 rooms which capture the understated glamour of France (complete with Italian Murano glass mirrors), the hotel is an unusual blend of the two cultural powerhouses. Guests will enjoy classic hospitality, where butler services and thoughtful touches combine with modern amenities such as a complimentary smartphone with unlimited data and international calls. The in-house restaurant, L’Assaggio, is overseen by a Michelin-star chef, and takes Mediterranean cuisine to a creative and tantalizing new level.
Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg
Located in the heart of the haute couture district of Paris, this elegant hotel takes inspiration from the likes of Givenchy, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. Tucked away in an 18th-century mansion between the Concorde and Faubourg St-Honoré – and a few steps to the Champs Elysees – it exudes beauty. Light-filled rooms, huge floral bouquets, ornate mirrors and fashion photography are the signature of acclaimed interior designer, Didier Gomez. Relax in the library, burn off energy in the state-of-the-art fitness center, or dine on a fresh, healthy, vegetarian menu in the hotel’s Blossom restaurant where Chef Alexandre Auger creates dishes which nurture the body with ingredients from his on-site kitchen garden.
La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa
Those looking for an ultra-luxe hotel at one of the most enviable locations in Paris should consider La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa. The hotel flies under the glitz radar to offer a discreet, personalized service, with dedicated butlers for each room or suite, and a high-end spa, pool and hammam. The décor, by top interior designer Marco Tognon, is warm and comforting, yet eschews any stuffiness. Fresh, light and simply vast, many of the suites and rooms offer views across the Jardin des Champs-Élysées and Eiffel Tower. The hotel’s restaurant Le Gabriel earned two Michelin stars in its first year, a testament to chef Jérôme Banctel’s creative dishes which combine French cuisine with Japanese influence.
Le Meurice Paris
Everyone from Hollywood A-listers to Salvador Dali have stayed at Le Meurice Paris in its 200 years of welcoming guests. Grand, opulent and sparkling, this member of the Dorchester Collection stuns with its18th century Versailles décor, where glittering chandeliers, silk curtains and Louis XVI armchairs create a distinguished yet decidedly lavish affair. Located on the Rue de Rivoli, with views of the Tuileries Gardens, and just 10 minutes’ walk to the Louvre, the location couldn’t be more perfect. As you’d expect, the facilities are sublime, with the deluxe Spa Velmont and two restaurants, including the two-Michelin-star Le Meurice Alain Ducasse restaurant.