The capital of French refinement, Paris is not lacking in sumptuous establishments in which to stay. The Four Seasons George V is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic. Ideally located near the Champs-Élysées, its Louis XVI-style furniture and terraces make it one of the most sought-after hotels for lovers of the finer things in life. Next to the Trocadero, the Shangri-La pays homage to Asian culture. Several restaurants with exotic dishes tempt guests to rediscover Oriental cuisine while enjoying a view of the Eiffel Tower. Facing the Jardin des Tuileries is the Meurice palace that has stood since 1835. With its mixture of antique and contemporary furniture, it has developed a calm and luxurious atmosphere. Finally, the Royal Monceau Raffles is the artistic hotel par excellence. Entirely renovated in 2010, it regularly hosts artists residences and offers its clients exhibition areas and real spaces of creation, as well as a truly unique cinema.
Hotels for professionals
Some of the finest hotels in Paris are more suitable for business trips than others. The InterContinental Paris, located on the avenue Marceau in the 8th arrondissement, is one of them. Apart from its impressive architecture, the hotel has a large conference room, a high-performance car service and a fully equipped business centre. The Hotel Bristol, on the famous Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, is both luxurious and professional. Its spacious and richly decorated lounges are available for meetings and seminars, accompanied by antique furniture, state-of-the-art equipment and translation and shipping services. Finally, the Pullman Paris Bercy, with its bright rooms, offers no less than 20 meeting rooms. Its fitness centre and its location in a quiet area, but well-served by the metro, make it an ideal place to unwind after a major conference.
An idyllic ambience for a romantic getaway
Paris has often been designated as the most romantic city in the world, thanks in part to the services of hotels like the Vice Versa, whose glamorous ambience themed around the seven deadly sins was inspired by Chantal Thomas, the famous lingerie designer. Hotel Seven, 20 rue Berthollet, invites you to dream with its levitating beds and baths, its psychedelic lights and its intimate atmosphere. The Platinum Hotel features both retro and contemporary designs to welcome couples in rooms representing great icons of the 50s, such as Marilyn Monroe. A spa is also available, as well as massages. The Legend Hotel on the Rue de Rennes is a bit more sober and offers wooden decoration, soft and subdued lights, as well as light colours and transparent materials, so guests can isolate themselves from the rest of the world.
The eternal search for unusual concepts
In such a touristy city, hotels are constantly in search of innovative concepts. The Solar Hotel on the 22 rue Boulard is the first ecological hotel in Paris and use solar panels to generate electricity, collects rainwater to water the plants, offers the free use of bicycles for guests and prepares organic breakfasts. The Design Secret, 2 rue de Parme, relies on the fabled Parisian charm, and each room is inspired by a monument of the capital. One can, therefore, spend a night between the walls of the Opéra Garnier or the Moulin Rouge. The Kube Hotel Ice Bar prefers to take risks and offers a concept resolutely out of step with the other French establishments. Indeed, this hotel is bathed in an atmosphere of pack ice with its sub-zero temperatures, its ice counter, its blue lights and its inimitable cocktails. Finally, the Hotel du Triangle d'Or proposes to treat the nights and the ears of its customers, with a design chosen by artists and musicians, such as MC Solaar or Jacques Higelin.