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The 11 best luxury hotels in Paris

From Eiffel Tower views and Michelin-starred restaurants to honeymoon suites and lavish beds in palaces, Paris hotels have everything you need for a romantic getaway. Here are 11 of the most luxurious and romantic hotels in the City of Love.

1.Hotel Le Meurice

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Since opening opposite the Tuileries Gardens in 1835 as one of the world’s first luxury hotels, Hotel le Meurice has attracted a celebrity clientele including royalty, foreign dignitaries, writers, actors and artists. Surrealist artist Salvador Dali loved Le Meurice so much that he stayed in one of the two presidential suites on the first floor for one month of every year for over 30 years. The decor of each room and suite is unique – one has a telescope, some have four-poster beds, and each floor has a different style. The Belle Etoile suite on the seventh floor, in a late 19th century French decor, has a huge private terrace offering a 360° view of the city of Paris, overlooking the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Sacré Coeur. The best suites include the large Presidential Apartments with views of the gardens and the sumptuous Pompadour Suite. While the hotel retains its 19th-century splendor in suites and rooms, the hotel’s restaurants (including Alain Ducasse’s two-star Michelin restaurant), Bar 228, and some public spaces have been redesigned by Philippe Starck.

2.Hotel Plaza Athenee,

Located in the heart of high fashion, on the famous Avenue Montaigne, with the fashion house of Christian Dior next door, the Hotel Plaza Athénée has long attracted a trendy clientele. Most of the 154 rooms and 54 suites enjoy a view of the Eiffel Tower and La Cour Jardin from wrought iron balconies. Room interiors feature classic French decor with an elegant color palette, and seventh-floor suites feature chic Art Deco details, designed by Bruno Moinard and Claire Bétaille. The gastronomic offer is not lacking, led by the Michelin-starred restaurant of chef Jean Imbert which highlights the great traditions of French gastronomy. For Valentine’s Day, there is a special five-course menu starting with the wonderful Marie Antoinette brioche with caviar.

3.Crillon Hotel

Overlooking the Place de la Concorde, the Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel is a glorious landmark. Built at the request of Louis XV, the hotel was the home of the Comte de Crillon and his family for many years until it was transformed into a hotel in 1909. Since then, its guest list has grown to include celebrities , politicians, artists, princes and queens. The hotel has 124 rooms and suites, four restaurants, the Sense Spa with a newly created swimming pool. L’Ecrin is the palace’s Michelin-starred gastronomic restaurant, while two new restaurants were recently launched in partnership with chef Paul Pairet: the formal French grill NONOS and the chic grocery store Comestibles. Les Ambassadeurs, winner of the best hotel bar in Europe in 2018, often offers live music.

4.Shangri La Paris

Built in 1896 as the home of Prince Roland Bonaparte (Napoleon’s great-nephew), the Shangri-La Paris was restored by architect Richard Martinet and interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. The 100-room hotel overlooks the Eiffel Tower and the Seine in the 16th arrondissement and holds both the distinction of Palace and the status of Historic Monument. It combines European grandeur with traditional Asian hospitality and is home to the Shang Palace, the only Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant in France. Downstairs is Chi, the Spa, with a 17 meter long swimming pool.

5.Mandarin Oriental Paris

Located in the heart of Paris, the Mandarin Oriental features an interior garden, providing a sanctuary from the bustling city and a peaceful haven for dining. Restaurants, overseen by chef Thierry Marx, include the two-Michelin-starred Sur Mesure, all-day dining Camelia, and a trendy cocktail bar. The chef has created a Valentine’s Day-themed tasting menu, featuring delights such as black truffle, wagyu beef and caviar. A romantic getaway package is available February 10-19. Guests will receive a lovely bracelet from the “Let’s Commit” collection by enduring French jeweler Courbet, a 0.05-carat diamond on an 18-karat gold clasp. The package also includes a daily American breakfast, served in your room or at the Camélia restaurant, a bottle of Louis Roederer Champagne and macaroons and a €50 Spa credit. The lush spa offers treatments, an indoor pool, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

6.Four Seasons Hotel George V

An art-deco landmark built in 1928, the Four Seasons Hotel George V is nestled in Paris’ Golden Triangle, just off the historic Champs-Elysées. Oversized suites feature Eiffel Tower views and artwork, blending classic and contemporary decor. A number of the best suites have garden terraces. The Eiffel Tower Suite, one of the emblematic suites, offers breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower and Paris from its terrace and private balconies. The suite has been recently renovated and is a perfect place to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The newly renovated spa has a swimming pool and a pretty courtyard. The hotel is the only luxury hotel in Europe with three Michelin-starred restaurants, for a total of five Michelin stars. It also has one of the largest wine collections in Paris, with a cellar of 50,000 bottles.

7.Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome

Elegant decor and starred gastronomy, the Park Hyatt Paris is a stone’s throw from the legendary Place Vendôme. The hotel has 156 rooms, including 45 luxury suites, featuring classic architecture and contemporary decor by interior designer Ed Tuttle. The superior imperial suite is 230 square meters of space, located on the 2nd floor of the hotel, in Haussmann architectural style. The suite has a large living and dining room, a well-equipped kitchenette, a separate work area, a library and an adjoining spa with hammam, whirlpool bath and massage table. The other hotel guests can enjoy the 250 m² spa, with hot tub, relaxation lounge, hammam, sauna, as well as treatment cabins with treatments in combination with La Mer cosmetics.

8.Le Bristol Paris

A member of the Oetker Collection, Le Bristol Paris, opened in 1925, is located on the prestigious rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in the heart of the fashion district in Paris. The hotel is an icon of French elegance with 190 fully renovated rooms and suites in the heart of the capital. Le Bristol is well known for its exceptional culinary tradition, its lush 13,000 square foot garden and its superb rooftop swimming pool.

9.The Reserve Paris

This hotel and spa halfway between Avenue Montaigne and Rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, is close to the famous Champs-Elysées. The top suite, the Grand Palais is a Belle Epoque dream. The neighboring gallery, which gave its name to the suite, was built in 1900, to magnify “French art” at the Universal Exhibition. The suite also pays homage to its French heritage, with authentic Napoleon III furniture and other antiques. The 200 m² suite is made up of two generous living rooms, two private bars, a wine cellar offering Grand Cru wines, two bedrooms each with its own large dressing room and a Carrara marble bathroom with bathtub with a view of the Eiffel Tower or the Grand Palais, walk-in shower and double washbasin.

ten.The Royal Monceau, Raffles

The blood-red canopy and lamps that adorn the classic facade of this 1928 building exude sophistication. Located on the prestigious Avenue Hoche, next to the Champs-Élysées and with a view of the Arc de Triomphe, Le Royal Monceau offers 149 luxurious rooms and suites, a 99-seat cinema, an art gallery with an impressive collection of private art. The Spa has the longest swimming pool of a Parisian Palace. The Superior Suite has two spacious bedrooms with bespoke furnishings and attractive artwork on display.

11.The Ritz

The iconic Paris hotel, where Princess Diana spent her final night, reopened in 2016 after the property was restored to its former Belle Époque glory during a four-year renovation by architect Thierry W. Despont . The 159-room hotel, founded in 1898 by Swiss hotelier César Ritz in collaboration with French chef Auguste Escoffier, was among the first hotels in Europe to offer private bathrooms, electricity and a telephone for each room. Its clientele included royalty, politicians, writers, film stars and singers and several suites are named after famous hotel guests, including Coco Chanel and the Bar Hemingway lounge bar is for the writer Ernest Hemingway. Among the best suites, the Imperial Suite, inspired by the splendor of the Palace of Versailles, is a replica of Marie-Antoinette’s last boudoir, with a four-poster bed draped in silk and a Baroque mirror. Suite Coco Chanel was Gabrielle Chanel’s home for 34 years from 1937. “The Ritz is my home,” she told visitors who admired its rock crystal chandeliers and art collection. The Ritz Paris has kept it intact.