The ultimate hotels for a lavish getaway in the city of lights.
Paris Fashion Week just left the streets of the city and storms of fashionistas from around the world are gathered at Charles de Gaulle airport, ready to report on the biggest trends for the year to come.
If the Parisian hotel world is ever evolving and a new wave of cool hoteliers is invading the city, the old guard of elegant palaces is there to stay and keep us dreaming. Read on for Stylist.co.uk’s guide to the best luxury hotels in Paris.
Hôtel du Collectionneur
One of the historical Parisian hotels, located in front of the Parc Monceau, minutes from the Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe – l’Hôtel du Collectionneur is a reference for the chic parisiennes who amble across the marbled floors of the lobby, direction: the restaurant Le Collectionneur.
The newly renovated restaurant focuses on the use of seasonal ingredients with a particular attention to fish, creating an ever evolving fragrant menu to offer the clients an unforgettable (and delicious) culinary experience.
No hotel embodies the essence of the modern Paris like the Nolinski. Located in the heart of the city, on the buzzing Avenue de l’Opéra alongside the Louvre, the Opéra Garnier and the Comédie Française, the Nolinski is an incredible home away from home.
An ‘oh-so-French’ brasserie with doors open on the busy street, serving all the classics from foie-gras to onion soup, the undeniably chic design of this incredibly relaxing spa make this hotel one of the coolest spots in the neighbourhood.
Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s
Filled to the brim with gold, velvet and shimmering crystals, Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s is a lavish hymn to ‘Frenchness’. Located on the Champs Elysées (yes, right there), the restaurant is a reference for the chic Parisian (business) ladies who lunch.
Hôtel de Crillon
After four years of restoration, this majestic 18th century palace located in the Place de la Concorde reopened its lavish doors much to the delight of the most elegant Parisians and the impatient tourists.
An historic landmark - commissioned by King Louis XV, this very building was the place Marie Antoinette went for her piano lessons – the Hôtel de Crillon kept the shine of the past intact for centuries. The proof? The two suites overlooking Place de la Concorde, designed by Karl Lagerfeld himself.
Le Pavillon de la Reine
The Pavillon de la Reine feels like a precious secret, hidden in a private garden courtyard on the historic Place de Vosges.
Located in the heart of Le Marais, this hotel boasts gorgeously decorated rooms, a spa by Codage and qnewly opened restaurant Anne (named after Anne, Queen of Austria, just like the hotel) headed by the Michelin starred chef Mathieu Pacaud. Pure pampering heaven.
Walking into the lobby is like being propelled into a lavish and pompous era of aristocracy and scandalous affairs - every corner of velvet, silk and gold around Maison Souquet is a travel in time like no other.
A very artsy revisitation of the maison close (a fancy brothel) spirit of the hotel, Maison Souquet is an incredible and exotic mix of Napoleonic style and lavish modern luxury. Utterly irresistible.
If you thought Fauchon was only about creamy eclairs and delicious macarons, think again. The famous patisserie brand just launched its first hotel in Paris and it couldn’t be more delicious.
Beautiful marble all around, eccentric pink velvet touches and jaw-dropping views of the Eiffel Tower, the Madeleine and the Opéra are all included in this Haussmannian gem. Modern, bold and unmissable.
A new addition to the already incredible selection of gorgeous Parisian hotels, Alfred Sommier wants to bring a family atmosphere to the world of luxury residences in the French Capital.
A classic Haussmannian building with 80 sumptuous rooms and a private garden - located minutes from the buzzing Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré with its high end shops and glamorous cafes - Alfred Sommier is the family home we have always dreamed of.
The first hotel to get awarded the status of palace, Le Meurice is a Parisian landmark in itself. Entering the rooms feels like diving into the lavish past of Marie Antoinette and her extravagant parties.
Located on the iconic Rue de Rivoli – next to the Louvre and Concorde square – staying at Le Meurice is like living in an old French fairy tale. If you are feeling extra bougie, the newly reopened suite La Belle Étoile could only be described as a real-life Parisian dream: an incredible penthouse that boasts three bedrooms, a gorgeous communal space and, most importantly, a dreamy terrace to enjoy the best view of Paris.
If you are not lucky enough to get a room, make sure to book yourself in for their famous afternoon tea, loaded with champagne and delicious French delicacies. Hurry though, the waiting list is very, very long…
Hôtel Plaza Athénée
The most instagrammed of them all, Hôtel Plaza Athénée is definitely the place to be when it comes to the fashion crowd. Loved by the biggest names in the influencers’ world – think the hyper-followed Chiara Ferragni and the beauty e-entrepreneur Negin Mirsalehi – the hotel is a classic that never goes out of fashion.
Looking onto the Champs Elysées on one side and the Eiffel Tower on the other, the hotel also boasts a Spa signed Dior and a restaurant under the guide of the Michelin star-chef Alain Ducasse. If you can’t stay for the night, make sure to treat yourself to a dinner at Le Relais du Plaza. This chic brasserie offers all the classics of traditional French cuisine, with an extra layer of sophistication.
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Pictures: John Towner / provided by the hotels