What’s the best luxury hotel in Paris?
The best boutique hotels, the small luxury hotels, the fanciest palace hotels and grand hotels, the Relais and Chateaux?
Here it is, the ultimate Top 10 list in Paris: The Best of the best.
And keep in mind, it’s hard to be among the best in Paris: Take for example the beautiful Le Meurice hotel: It would be the number 1 hotel in most European cities. In Paris it’s just good enough for number 10.
In Paris you have a choice of the best hotels in the world: The Ritz Paris is a hotel legend, as well as the Crillon and the Plaza Athenee.
Then, alongside the famous elegant shopping mile Rue de Faubourg St-Honoré (and more to the Est Rue St. Honore), you’ll find the Bristol Paris with it’s beautiful courtyard garden, the Mandarin Oriental with its pure elegance, the dignified Crillon(Concorde), the Meurice (Rivoli) and the legendary Ritz(Vendome).
The Crillon, the Ritz and the Plaza Athenee are not only the 3 best hotels in Paris, those are among the best hotels in the world. They all have an amazingly beautiful courtyard, the Crillon a little smaller and cozier than the others. Rooms are so different, ranging from historic styles to rather modern suites, all equally stunning. And for me, the Crillon has the most beautiful Spa and indoor pool of all Parisian hotels, closely followed by the Ritz. In a close race, the Crillon is the number 1 this year, offering just a bit more luxury and perfection.
Famous for it’s ivy covered courtyard with the red sunblinds, red sun umbrellas and red chairs. And also on the inside, the Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée is one of the most beautiful restaurants in Paris – and one of the best: 3 Michelin stars. The Plaza Athenee is romantic outside and inside. For a couple it is the ultimate Paris experience.
The legend, the original. Don’t be fooled by the fact that the Ritz is currently only our number 3 in Paris: Since 1898, the Ritz is solid as a rock in the history of luxury hotels in Paris. In the long term, say over the past 100 years, the Ritz is clearly the number 1 in Pairs. Maybe even in the world.
Pure, understated, Asian. The Mandarin is not as cozy as the Ritz, the Crillon or the Plaza Athenee. In fact it is the opposite: Modern and minimalist, but it breathes luxury. The modern rooms are simply beautiful, the 900 sqm spa is amazing, the restaurant holds 2 Michelin stars. Great Location, lively neighbourhood, the Vondome Area, where you can compare it to some of the other top 10 hotels in Paris within walking distance (the Ritz is just around the corner, alos the Crillon, the Bristol and the Meurice. Have a glass of Chablis in the famous Costes courtyard right next door.
For me the most beautiful courtyard in Paris, an oasis of peace in the heart of Paris. It’s locatd right next to Champs Elysees, within walking distance from the trendy aperitif bar and restaurant L’Avenue and also from the Plaza Athenee to compare the almost equally impressive courtyard. The Four Seasons flagship offers traditional rooms and classical rooms, and they couldn’t be more different. That’s also true for the presidential Suite (classical) and the Penthouse Suite (modern): Both a masterpiece in interior design and coziness. The “Le Cinq” restaurant, such as the Alain Ducasse in Plaza Athenee, is one of the few 3-Michelin-star restaurants.
Pool on the roof. Eiffel tower view. Award-winning spa. Home of the 3-Michelin-star restaurant legend L’Epicure. And a to-die-for French garden in it’s quiet courtyard. What a hotel, right next to Champs Elysees and the Madelaine church, on the elegant Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré. This is the traditional Paris experience, the rooms are between neoclassic and the Louis XVI, definitely take one facing the fairytale courtyard.
The best view on the Eiffel tower. If that’s what you’re looking for, the famous view over Paris, then search no further. The famous terrace and many of the rooms have in my eyes the best Paris view of all luxury hotels. Private balconies help enjoying the spectacular view. Two Michelin star restaurants, a sensitive crossover between traditional French style and Asian interiors make this hotel one of the award winners for luxury Interior design.
Philippe Starck designed almost the whole hotel of the Asian-American luxury group. Modern but cozy are the rooms, and is the whole hotel. They have an own cinema in the hotel (fitting 100 people), and pretty daring design in some of the rooms and especially some suites. Make sure you see a picture of the specific room you want before booking. The beautiful Clarins Spa has a 23 meters pool, even bigger than the Peninsulas 22-meters-pool.
The fourth Asian luxury chain has chosen the elegant Avenue Kleber, an upscale residential neighborhood close to Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees. The roof restaurant is an experience of it’s own: This may be one of the best 360-degree-views over Paris (indoor, but with huge glass fassades on all sides). The cocktail bar is no less spectacular by the way, the Rooftop garden Suite with it’s city and Eiffel-tower-view is one of the fanciest places to stay in Paris.