Paris, it’s called “The City of Lights” and “The Most Romantic City in the World” and it has that certain je ne sais quoi that makes people drawn to it. Everything is better in Paris – the fashion, the food, the art, theatre, the culture… Arguably, it’s one of the best places to enjoy the finest things life has to offer.
It also happens to be filled with the world’s most luxurious hotels, some so meticulous, so decadent, above and beyond your wildest expectations, you feel you’ve stepped foot in a completely new world, one where all things are possible.
These are the most luxurious 5-star hotels Paris has to offer:
Named one of the Leading Hotels of the World, as soon as you walk in the Ritz, you are surrounded by opulence: marble floors, gold embellishments at every turn, velvety curtains adorning the windows. It’s no surprise famous people like Coco Chanel, the Duke of Windsor, and Ernest Hemingway once called this place home; all their rooms are so elegantly decorated you could mistake them for those in the Palace of Versailles.
The outdoor areas of the Ritz are just as beautiful. The patio features manicured lawns, sculpted topiaries, and walls of climbing foliage – it is the perfect place to get some fresh air, enjoy a cocktail or cup of tea.
The hotel has three bars: Hemingway Bar, Bar Vendôme and Ritz Bar. For gourmet cuisine without ever leaving the hotel, select from these restaurants:
L’Espadon – Michelin-starred, it features haute cuisine by Nicolas Sale.
Salon d’Été – If you happen to be at the Ritz on a Sunday you must attend its famous Grand Brunch.
Grand Jardin – Not only can you enjoy the charming view here, you can dine on sweet and savory dishes like sushi, pastas, ratatouilles, cheeses, and pastries.
There’s plenty to do here besides eat and drink; there’s an indoor pool, fitness facilities, and a full-service spa.
Rates: $1,100 and up
Le Meurice – Dorchester Collection
Located in In Paris City Centre, Le Meurice is a Versailles-style Parisian hotel located just across from Tuileries Gardens. A beautiful piece of history, it has been entertaining guests for nearly two centuries.
All guest rooms are decorated in uber-luxe Versailles fashion, with chandeliers, armchairs reminiscent of the Louis XVI-era, curtains made of silk, and ornate wall mouldings. Depending upon which room you stay in you can take in scenery from either the Tuileries Gardens or Rue de Castiglione, a quiet interior courtyard at Le Meurice.
Whenever you get hungry, take advantage of 24-hour room service or fine dining at one of their in-house restaurants:
Le Meurice Alain Ducasse – specializing in French cuisine, lunch and dinner. It has a 2-star Michelin rating.
Le Dali – specializing in French cuisine; it serves lunch and dinner.
La Pâtisserie du Meurice par Cédric Grolet: a pastry boutique specializing in cakes, pastries, and sculped fruit.
And, let’s not forget Bar 228, the super swanky bar inside the Ritz where you can mingle with locals, listen to jazz, or “cocktail it” with signature drinks like the Meurice Millennium, a twist on the Bellini with Cointreau and champagne.
Besides the great places to eat and drink, Le Meurice has lots of amenities including fitness facilities, a full-service spa, and health club. The Spa Valmont offers deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, Swedish massages, Thai massages, and has a sauna and steam room.
Rates: $1,000 and up
The Peninsula Paris
This swanky hotel is truly a vision of class and beauty, from its ornate 19th-century architectural design to its lavish amenities. It is one of the most regal 5-star hotels in the world. Located on Avenue Kléber, it’s just minutes away from the Arc de Triomphe and high-end boutiques like Dior, Givenchy, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton.
All the guest rooms here are fit for a king: they are larger than most rooms you’ll find in Paris, and their décor is sophisticated with lots of polished dark woods and cream and grey colors.
The dining is exquisite at Peninsula Paris; you certainly will not go hungry here. Apart from the 24-hour room service, you can dine in one of their four restaurants:
L’Oiseau Blanc – specializing in French cuisine, lunch, dinner, and alfresco dining. Take in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Paris sky while you dine.
Lili – specializing in gourmet Cantonese cuisine for lunch and dinner
Le Lobby – specializing in international cuisine and open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. It’s a fabulous place for afternoon tea or the fanciest Sunday brunch of your life.
La Terrasse Kléber – specializing in international cuisine and alfresco dining. It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
There are many things to keep you entertained at Peninsula Paris: fitness facilities, the spa, personal training sessions, two bars, and indoor pool (the city’s longest hotel pool at 20m). If you want to get out and see the city in style, you can select from a fleet of limos, a vintage Rolls-Royce Phantom II, or two Mini Coopers.
Rates: $1,000 and up
Hôtel Plaza Athénée – Dorchester Collection
The Hôtel Plaza Athénée truly deserves the title “5-Star” but until you’ve stayed here you can only imagine just how luxurious it is. It is instantly recognizable from the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, with its signature red window coverings.
For the most romantic or memorable experience in Paris, there is no place quite like Hotel Plaza Athenee. From the million-dollar views of the Eiffel Tower, the sexy and chic Le Bar, and the pampering spa treatments at Spa Dior, you won’t want to leave. And, we almost forgot, there are five gourmet restaurants inside this Parisian palace that feature the best of French cuisine:
Le Relais Plaza – specializing in French cuisine for lunch and dinner.
La Galerie – serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and light fare.
La Terrasse Montaigne – serves lunch, dinner, and light fare, and offers alfresco dining.
Alain Ducasse au Plaza – specializing in French cuisine for lunch and dinner with a 3-star Michelin rating
La Cour Jardin – The inner courtyard, La Cour Jardin, is a haven of tranquility in a bustling city. The sweeping curtains of greenery that surround it on all sides make it very popular for alfresco style dining.
Rates: $1,100 and up
Hôtel Lutetia, located in the heart of Paris, is often referred to as the ‘Grand Hotel’ on the Left Bank. It stands magnificent on Boulevard Raspail, just minutes away from the Louvre and Notre-Dame cathedral. There are two things that set Hotel Lutetia apart from other luxury hotels: the spa experience and gastronomic experience.
The Akasha Spa is a massive, 7,500-square-foot space dedicated to wellness and relaxation, equipped with a sauna, spa tub, steam room, and Turkish bath/hammam. They provide deep-tissue massages, hot stone massages, sports massages, Swedish massages, and aromatherapy, Ayurvedic, and hydrotherapy treatments.
Whenever you’re feeling hungry, there is 24-hour room service or you can visit one of Hotel Lutetia’s in-house restaurants:
The Saint Germain – an art deco patio serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner; features refined French cuisine and a beautiful glass roof
Orangerie – known for its weekend brunch, it’s an ideal space to escape the hustle and bustle of Paris’ Left Bank. Bask in the natural light and enjoy gourmet, healthy and organic dishes.
There are two fabulous bars inside the hotel: Bar Joséphine and Bar Aristide. Bar Joséphine pays homage to the one and only Joséphine Baker, glamorous artist and icon of the Jazz Age. Bar Aristide is a cigar connoisseurs’ dream; there is a cigar sommelier ready to help you select the most exceptional cigar and two smoking rooms available. It’s an intimate space to mingle, socialize and listen to blues and jazz.
For fitness and relaxation during your stay, the hotel has a 55-foot-long indoor pool, Pilates, yoga classes, and full-service spa.
Rates: $900 and up
Hôtel de Crillon
Among the most elite hotels in Paris, Hotel de Crillion is yet another landmark hotel that caters to the most selective. Like the other hotels in this guide, it has a rich history that makes it one-of-a-kind. It first opened in 1909, and prior to that, King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette called it home.
The sight of the crystal chandeliers, gold embellishments, 40 variations of marble, and stately decor and architecture make it quite easy to imagine these royals still living here. You, too, will feel like royalty; just for being a guest at Hôtel de Crillon, you get your very own butler.
The drinking and dining experience also make Hotel del Crillon a star of Paris. Enjoy over 100 of the finest champagnes, a nice bottle of wine, or a couture cocktail at Les Ambassadeurs; have tea or dessert at Jardin d’Hiver, and a gastronomic feast to die for at L’Ecrin.
The four restaurants at Hotel de Crillon include:
Brasserie d’Omont – specializing in French cuisine, exclusively for dinner.
Jardin d’Hiver – a lobby lounge specializing in French cuisine, breakfast, brunch, lunch, and light fare. It’s a favorite spot for afternoon tea, pastries by Chef Jérôme Chaucesse, and specialty hot chocolate.
L’Ecrin – specializing in French cuisine open for dinner only. It is headed by Michelin-starred chef Christopher Hache and offers intimate dining for just 28 guests at a time.
When you’re not busy exploring the French cuisine or all the sights Paris has to offer, take a dip in the hotel’s indoor pool, visit Sense spa, or work up a sweat in their state-of-the-art fitness facilities.
Rates: $990 and up
La Réserve Paris
Not everyone wants the “hotel” experience, and for those people there’s La Reserve. Set in a 19th-century mansion, this luxury hotel consists of ten large, apartment-sized suites outfitted with separate kitchen, living room, and dining room. Compared to the other hotels in this guide, La Reserve features the most understated and modern décor. Besides its spaciousness, it’s ideal for anyone who wants to be super discreet as there is no doorman or central lobby.
You’ll also love La Reserve’s location. It boasts incredible views of the Eiffel Tower and you’re just a five-minute stroll from Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the Grand Palais museum complex.
La Reserve truly lives up to its five-star rating; when you check in, you get your own personal butler. They will cook for you, set the table for you, or do just about whatever you request. It’s just standard service here.
To experience the best of French cuisine during your trip to Paris, look no further than the hotel’s Le Pagode de Cos and Le Gabriel:
Le Pagode de Cos – specializes in seasonal, traditional Bordeaux cuisine and is headed by Chef Jérôme Banctel.
Le Gabriel – specializes in classic French dishes with a Japanese flair, also headed by Chef Jérôme Banctel. Within its first year of opening, it received two Michelin stars.
Rest and recharge at La Reserve’s spa. It offers an indoor pool, fitness area, personalized face and body treatments, steam room/hammam, personal training sessions, Pilates, Yoga classes, and massages.
Rates: $1,000 and up