Everyone knows going on holidays requires spending a relatively large amount of money. Everyone knows (again) that holidays were made for relaxation and rest, not for privation. So, if you have an unlimited budget, or if you simply want to treat yourself for a special occasion, you are in the right place! Come and follow us through the fancy avenues of the capital, to discover the most expensive hotels in Paris!
1) The Plaza Athénée***** – Where you must go
25, avenue Montaigne, 75008
The Plaza Athénée might be one of the most famous Parisian luxury hotels. Its construction was ended in 1909. It was opened in 1913 on the avenue Montaigne. Over the decades of Paris history, it was once the nest of the Nazi authorities, later that of American soldiers, and then the favourite place of movie stars like Marlene Dietrich and Jean Gabin, for example. It was closed for a few years for « modernization » and was opened again in 1936. Its architect also built the Claridge, a 4-star hotel, also located in the surroundings of the Champs-Elysées.
It’s a very high-quality luxury hotel with exceptional services, worthy of its rank: an ice rink settled during winter, a Dior health-care institute founded in 2008, a cocktail bar (obviously!), etc. As for lunch and dinner, you can choose between 5 different restaurants. The catering service is soberly called « Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée » (“Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée”), by the name of its starred chef, who runs all 5 restaurants.
The hotel’s 208 rooms overlook the very glamorous avenue Montaigne and its numerous luxury stores (Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Givenchy, Prada, Ralph Lauren) or the indoor courtyard all covered in geraniums. The ice rink is built for winter holidays and the summer restaurant is settled when days are warming up in that precise courtyard. And, if you’re fond of geraniums’ red colour, this is the perfect place for you: every roller-blind in the hotel is red! It is actually one of the distinctive features of the Plaza Athénée.
A small detail to be noted: the spa is free, no additional fee needed!
What we like: the Japanese dishes served at the restaurant, on top of the more traditional French specialties.
What we love: the opportunity to admire the Eiffel Tower from a few rooms; indeed, the monument is 15 minutes walk away from the hotel.
Price range: an average price of 1,000 to 3,000 euros per room: 1000 for the Double Bedroom and 3,000 for the Luxury Suite.
2) The Four Seasons Hôtel George V***** – A season in paradise
31, avenue George V, 75008
In between the metro stations Franklin Delano Roosevelt (lines 1 and 9), George V (line 1), and Champs-Elysées-Clémenceau (lines 1, 2, 6 and RER line A), reachable in respectively 10, 5 and 15 minutes’ walk, the Four Seasons has already made a reputation for itself. It is located very close to its neighbor, the Plaza Athénée, in the very highly rated Champs-Elysées quarter. The Four Seasons owns gastronomic restaurants like any good 5-star hotel: the Cinq (“Five”) and the Galerie (“Gallery”), along with a spa where you can recharge your batteries and have fun. What’s more, you can splash around in the swimming pool and in the whirlpool, which will guarantee you a moment of well-being in a proper luxury hotel. You will also benefit from the babysitting services and the institute youth program to take care of your children when you’re going out for a romantic dinner or an evening with friends. You can also savour the best French wines stored in the hotel cellar.
A special characteristic you shall remember: you’ll contemplate a wonderful setting, full of fine-art reproductions, such as printings of Poussin’s paintings and Flanders tapestries (with a few original works of art, obviously). You’ll also broaden your knowledge of the arts!
The hotel has 244 rooms and suites.
What we like: the flower arrangement sessions by Jeff Leatham, Four Seasons Art Director.
What we love: the trompe-l’oeil mural in the swimming pool; it depicts Queen Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon gardens in Versailles.
Price range: similar to the prices of the Plaza Athénée hotel. An average price of 1,000 (for a room with twin beds) to 3,000 euros (for a luxury suite).
3) The Mandarin Oriental Paris*****- 1930s glamour
251, rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
This palace was founded in 2011. The building is an old typical 1930s Parisian block of flats which used to house government offices.
This classy building with a deeply Parisian DNA is close to public transportation: in less than 0.2 mile, you’ll be at the metro station Concorde (lines 1, 8 & 12), and in less than 0.3 mile you’ll be at the station Tuileries (line 1), and you’ll easily reach the Tuileries gardens from there.
The Mandarin Oriental has, like any proper luxury hotel, a very spacious spa: 900 square meters wide!
Rooms were designed in an Art Deco style (the Museum of Decorative Arts is actually 10 minutes’ walk away from the hotel; add 5 more minutes and you’ll make it to the Louvre), with Asian art hints. By the way, there’s a huge dragon in the Oriental Royal Suite!
Once you’ve had enough raving about the beauty of the rooms (and most of all, the beauty of the view!), you might want to get a little snack. It’s fortunate because the Mandarin Oriental is no exception to the rule: a good bed and a good meal make a satisfied customer! You want a quiet lunch/dinner? Thierry Marx Sur Mesure restaurant was invented for you. Thierry Marx is specialized in molecular cuisine. You need to go out for some fresh air? Have a traditional French dish in the Camélia garden. You have a dry throat? The Bar 8 awaits you during its intimate evenings. And if you’re looking for sweets and snacks, you should go to the Cake Shop and discover its pastries! Bon appétit!
The hotel has 99 rooms and 39 suites.
What we like: being near the Place Vendôme.
What we love: the beautiful Camélia restaurant Table du Chef, in the garden.
Price range: for two guests, an average price of 925 euros for the booking of a luxury room, up to 4,500 euros for the panoramic room. As its name suggests, you will have the opportunity to admire both the indoor garden and a Parisian monument from this room.
And if you come as a group, the 350 square meters Mandarin Royal Suite can be booked for 20,000 euros a night!
4) Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s***** – Magic and images
46, avenue George V, 75008
Above all, the reputation of the Fouquet’s lies in its restaurant, settled on the avenue des Champs-Elysées: this is where the French cinema crème de la crème gathers after the annual Cesar Award ceremony. In the early 1930s, Marlene Dietrich, Jean Gabin (again!) and later, Delon, Belmondo, and Pedro Almodovar (among others) attend the restaurant. This is a legendary place, all covered in Harcourt photo studio portraits of the most popular actors and directors of the past decades.
After you’ve set foot on the same floor as Kate Winslet and Kevin Costner, you can recover in a magical setting. The hotel spa, known as the U Spa, comprises a swimming pool, separate hammams, beauty rooms, and a sauna. Then, along with the 5 restaurants, you can go and have refreshing drinks in three different bars. La Petite Maison de Nicole (« Nicole’s Little House ») serves homely cuisine from the South of France; the Fouquet’s is chic with its numerous chandeliers and its red velvet armchairs; the Diane with its large circular tables covered in flowers; the Galerie Joy, the ideal place where to have tea at 4 p.m. or brunch in the morning; the Café Fouquet’s and its Belle Epoque decoration: you’ll have multiple options!
The hotel has 81 rooms.
What we like: the Diane circular ceiling and bay windows.
What we love: the Escapade Détente package at the spa (« Relaxing Escape »).
Price range: an average price of 600 to 2,330 euros per room.
5) The Shangri La***** – The realm of your senses
10, avenue d’Iéna, 75116
After you’ve slept in the Tuileries quarters and in the 8th district, let’s go to the 16th district! It is known for having a very high reputation (wealth and fanciness), but it still doesn’t have as many luxury hotels as the 8th!
You can reach it from the metro station Iéna (line 9). This magnificent hotel used to be the house of Roland Bonaparte, Emperor Napoleon’s great-nephew, which might explain why it is decorated in such a … royal way!
However, to look like a prince doesn’t require much embellishment: shades of pastel, blue or white, golden and silver chandeliers with their discreet charm, classy furniture, brown tables and dressers … The rooms are large: the biggest suite is 300 square meters wide. In this romantic place, you can even celebrate your wedding anniversary or your honeymoon: you can benefit from a reduction in price until the 31st of December 2016: 860 euros a night. Book now!
Moreover, you’ll have the opportunity to dream in front of the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s most beautiful building. Indeed, the monument is situated at the heart of the Chaillot quarters! If you want to look at it from an even closer distance, you can contemplate it during your dinner for 1,500 euros.
Last but not least, you can drink and eat in one the three restaurants and in the bar. You’ll be enchanted by the Bar (yes, that’s its name!) and its Empire style. L’Abeille (« The Bee »), the Shang Palace and the Bauhinia will give you the opportunity to savour French or Asian dishes; it’s up to you to choose which ones you prefer.
The hotel has 65 rooms and 36 suites.
What we like: the cultural journey: the Guimet Museum, specialized in Asian Arts, is 0.06 mile away! The Palais de Tokyo and the National Museum of Modern Art are 0.12 mile away from the hotel.
What we love: the Main Staircase, which will make you feel like Bonaparte himself!
Price range: an average price of 630 to 2,000 euros a room.
6) The Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme***** – On an opera aria…
5, rue de la Paix, 75002
The Park Hyatt is 0.06 mile away from the very renowned Place Vendôme, the Parisian mecca of the chic and quiet. Come and take a walk in the neighbourhood of Opéra, go window-shopping in its luxury stores, devour exquisite dishes in its numerous Japanese restaurants … and book a room in one of its luxury hotels! The Park Hyatt is located 5 minutes away from the subway station Opéra (lines 3, 7 & 8) and the station Quatre Septembre (line 3).
The whole place was designed by an American architect, Ed Tuttle. One hundred years ago, it was a French haute couture brand. Less textile, more style!
Since it is located a few minutes away from the Louvre, the Park Hyatt sometimes pretends it is a museum too: a lot of contemporary artists’ works are on permanent display inside the hotel. Now you don’t even need to go out to learn about art!
Rooms are organized and decorated with much taste, and everything is as comfortable as it can be: leather sofas and armchairs, massive lamps, velvet pillows, modern ornaments.
There is also a free underground parking lot. You can also access the Place Vendôme public car park. Furthermore, you will have your newspapers delivered to your door on demand.
The Park Hyatt hotel provides you with a daily catering service with three restaurants: the starred gastronomic restaurant le Pur (« the Pure ») and the Table du Chef (« the Chef’s Table ») are open all day long, whereas the Orchidées (« The Orchids ») is open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. You will warm up with a tea at the Cheminée (« the Chimney »). You will sip custom cocktails at the bar.
This 5-star hotel also offers a hotel clerk, laundry, ironing, and shoeshine services. And if you come as a family, you can also leave your children with the staff because babysitting services are also provided by the hotel!
The Park Hyatt has 153 rooms.
What we like: the snacks offered by the Chimney, and its violet mojito.
What we love: the bathroom’s heated floor.
Price range: between 690 euros and 3,000 euros per night.
7) The Prince de Galles, a luxury Collection Hotel***** – luxury, peace, and pleasure
33, avenue George V, 75008
You’ve been missing the Champs-Elysées, haven’t you? Don’t worry, we’re going back, in another 5-star hotel, 0.25 mile away from the metro station George V (line 1) and 10 minutes walk away from station Kléber (on line 6).
The hotel was founded in 1928. Connected to its time of birth, the Prince de Galles is decorated according to the Art Déco style, just like the Mandarin Oriental we have evoked earlier. The Art Deco symbolizes the interwar period and the Roaring Twenties.
You can sleep tight in stylishly decorated rooms, surrounded by dark-shaded woodwork, or brightened by the creamy, purple- and red-shaded living rooms and bedrooms. Rooms are spacious but not huge. Luxury but no excess is the Prince de Galles motto! Comfort lies in simplicity and quietness.
However, you can still order fine meals! The restaurant La Scène (“The Scene”) has received one Michelin star. A marbled bar counter, circular tables, off-white seats, and harmonious paintings depicting landscapes hang on the walls: you’ll have lunch (or dinner) in a warm and welcoming restaurant.
You’ll also have the opportunity to sit in Les Heures (“The Hours”) grey sofas: this bar is the kingdom of contrasts! You’ll switch from Art Déco to Contemporary Art.
Last but not least: the Patio, which serves brunches on Sundays. A refreshing and flowery setting that will cost you 103 euros per customer, between noon and 3p.m.
You’re gonna love the ’30s!
What we like: the Suite Bien-être spa (“Well-being Suite”).
What we love: the Patio’s mosaics.
Price range: an average price of 500 to 1,500 euros per room.
8) The Meurice***** – Rivoli’s Inn
228, rue de Rivoli, 75001
Let’s go back to the first district of Paris … No, please, don’t start nagging; it’s for your own comfort and good!
In-between the Luxor Obelisk and the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre museum and the Place Vendôme, let’s enter this luxury den, under the arcades of the rue de Rivoli!
At first, the Meurice was an inn, founded during the 18th century, in the rue Saint-Honoré. At the time, its purpose was to welcome English travelers during their stay in Paris. In the 19th century, the hotel moved to the localization it still occupies now. Its regular customers were aristocrats, writers, sovereigns, and all the celebrities of the time. Nowadays they have been replaced by politicians and show-business celebrities.
The rooms are organized according to the style of King Louis XVI. It is a royal atmosphere, worthy of any luxury hotel.
The lunch room, which is named after the painter Dali, was reorganized by famous designer Philippe Starck. The gourmet restaurant was created by 6-star chef Alain Ducasse, who has also been working for another Parisian luxury hotel, the Plaza Athénée (the first one of our list, that’s right!). When you hire such a famous “employee,” you can never miss your point!
The hotel has 160 rooms.
What we like: the ideal location. The Champs-Elysées, the Invalides esplanade, the Tuileries gardens… everything is close at hand!
What we love: the marbled bathroom.
Price range: between 600 and 3,000 euros per booking.
9) The Paris Marriott Champs-Elysées Hotel***** – Luxury is cheap!
70, avenue des Champs-Elysées, 75008
This time, the hotel we’re talking about is no longer close to the Champs but actually on the Champs!
You will be 10 minutes’ walk away from the Grand Palais and the Petit Palais museums. And if you want to walk along the world’s most beautiful avenue, all you’ll have to do is get out of the hotel! The metro stations Franklin D. Roosevelt and Saint-Philippe-du-Roule (both on line 9) will be 5 minutes away; from there, you can access the capital’s main arteries. If you take the line up to the Chaussée-d’Antin-Lafayette metro station, you’ll reach the Galeries Lafayette mall in 15 minutes.
You can choose either a room that overlooks the Champs-Elysées or a room overlooking the courtyard. The rooms are simple, with no excessive embellishments, and their decoration will surely remind you of the comfort of your private home. You’ll be surrounded by the rooms’ beige and brown shades that create a soft and quiet cocoon. Furthermore, the hotel comprises several family suites: it’s the ideal place to show your children what a luxury hotel looks like!
The hotel has 3 restaurants and a lounge barn, the Atrium. You can eat either French meals at the restaurant, or more international cooking at the Marriott Square and the Adjoining Terrace.
Slight advantage: the hotel also comprises a terrace looking over the Champs-Elysées. On top of everything, you can buy cakes at the Pâtisserie des Rêves (“The Dream Bakery”). They are very delicious!
And if all those calories make you feel guilty, the fitness room and the sauna await you. Go on, let’s lift some weights, shall we?
The Marriott has 192 rooms.
What we like: switching from the American breakfast to the typically French dishes.
What we love: the health club.
Price range: an average price of 450 to 800 euros per room.
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