Take a trip to Paris in style, by staying in one of the city’s finest hotels. Granted, these are not the most wallet-friendly options, though it is possible to cut back in other areas to justify such a splurge. Ease transport costs by taking the channel tunnel, which offers a quick and comfortable journey for a fraction of the price of that first-class flight. Once in the city, be sure to check in at one of these luxury locations:
The Shangri La
This top-end hotel has an exclusive and royal setting, in the former townhouse of Prince Roland Bonaparte. The elaborate and ornate detailing has been renovated and restored, resulting in opulent salons and entryway. Views of the Eiffel Tower are some of the best in the city, though for a truly breathtaking sight, stay in a room which features a rooftop terrace. The three restaurants offer a range of classic French delicacies, fine Asian cuisine or all-day pan-Asian and French dishes.
Maintaining luxury, though providing a smaller and more intimate feel, this hotel is located in a mansion off the Champs-Elysee. The interior successfully combines modern and historic, featuring a lush interior garden area amidst high ceilings and iron balconies. Pershing Hall exudes chic and elegance without feeling stuffy or welcoming. The rooms were created by designer Andrée Puttman, so expect unique finishes and high style.
This five-star spot opened in 2002 and dubbed itself ‘the first contemporary palace in Paris.’ The grand and spacious rooms have numerable facilities which really set this hotel apart from its rivals: kitchenettes, grand pianos, steam rooms and massage areas can all be found here. Park Hyatt’s main spa itself is also an attractive feature of the hotel, offering a selection of indulgent spa treatments in a tranquil setting.
Paris’s oldest palace hotel has an impressive guest list, having welcomed political elite, aristocracy and famous cultural figures. The beautiful setting of the Tuileries gardens offers a haven away from the busy city, though still provides easy access for visiting the Louvre. Expect service from top-hatted doormen and concierges, who will welcome you into this grand historic building. There are 160 rooms to choose from at le Meurice, including the Belle Etoile penthouse, with stunning rooftop views of the city.
Le Royal Manceau
Part of the Raffles group, Le Royal Manceau offers all the high-style and plush finishes one would expect. The building was constructed in 1928, from which time it has hosted a number of famous cultural and arts figures. This is reflected in the décor of its 64 suites, prestige apartments and 85 rooms, which were designed by Philippe Starck. It also features an art bookshop, art gallery and art-based concierge service. More traditional luxury offerings like the fine restaurant and spa are also available, as well as the city’s largest indoor pool.
So, why not whisk away a loved one and stay in style at one of Paris’s top hotels?
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