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Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris

Built in 1928, the George V is a temple to Art Deco French design, renovated by Pierre-Yves Rochon in 2018 with a stunning attention to detail. The handsome lobby is decorated with gorgeous arrangements by American floral designer Jeff Leatham, and check-in is all smiles and kid gloves. Smiles and kid gloves sum up this place, as it offers the perfect hybrid of courtly old-world charm and North American efficiency. The hotel's 244 rooms are spacious and impeccably maintained, with fresh floral patterns and a lovely pastel color palette. Eleven individually designed eleven suites offer Parisian apartment-style living.

The spa, pool and small gym are top-notch, and the hotel is home to not one, not two, but three Michelin-starred restaurants, making it a staple in Paris’s fine-dining scene (the three-starred Le Cinq is one of the great restaurants in Paris, and Le Bar is a must for after-dinner cocktails).

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Hôtel de Crillon, A Rosewood Hotel

On the Place de la Concorde, the palatial Hôtel de Crillon hotel in Paris, France has glamorous interiors that fuse opulence with a sleek aesthetic. 

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Hôtel Lutetia

The only grande dame hotel on Paris's charming Left Bank, Hôtel Lutetia offers five-star accommodations with a unique flourish.

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Hôtel Ritz Paris

Read Indagare's review of the iconic Hôtel Ritz Paris on Place Vendôme—the famed haunt of Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.

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La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa

Located in the mostly residential 8th arrondissement, La Réserve Paris Hotel & Spa is one of Indagare's favorite boutique hotels in Paris.

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Le Bristol Paris

Le Bristol Paris, with its elegance and superb location on the Rue du Faubourg St.-Honoré, is one of the top palace properties in Paris, France.

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Relais Christine

Tucked away on a quiet side street in Paris' bustling sixth arrondissement, the Relais Christine Paris is a hidden gem of a boutique hotel.

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Venice Simplon-Orient- Express, a Belmond Train

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Facade - Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Paris, France

Auberge du Jeu de Paume

Located across from the majestic 18th century stables originally built for Louis-Henri de Bourbon, the Auberge du Jeu de Paume plays up its historic setting by offering guests a modern-day “royal treatment.” Just twenty-minutes from Paris’s Gare du Nord, Chantilly feels a world away. The hotel’s interior design pays tribute to the Chateau’s treasures with reproductions of paintings and furniture adorning the guestrooms and common areas. (The concierge desk, for example, is modeled after the Duke d’Aumale’s private library.) The guestrooms balance old-style luxury with contemporary comfort. Plush Louis XV-style armchairs and sofas are given modern flair with striped wool upholstering and contrasting throw pillows. Accents like French toile and tasseled sateen drapes offer a taste 18th-century French finery, but not at the cost of feeling like you are staying in a museum. All of the rooms are bright, airy, and comfy—equipped with flat-screen TVs, movies-on-demand, Wifi, and coffee makers. The large bathrooms feature beautiful glass mirrors custom-made in Murano, Carrera marble floors, separate tub and shower, and delectable Hermès products. Highlights of the Auberge Jeu de Paume experience include the hotel’s spa and Michelin-starred restaurant. The spa has five treatment rooms (including one for couples), a small pool with attached Jacuzzi, a steam room and sauna, and a small fitness center. Talented chef Arnaud Faye presides over the open kitchen at Le Table du Connétable, and his gift for unexpected flavor combinations and artistic presentation have made this a destination restaurant. Like the rest of the hotel, the dining room has dramatic flair. The waiters may be dressed in tailcoats and use white gloves to set down gilded silverware, but it’s the culinary creations that steal the show. Indagare Tip: The hotel is just a five-minute walk from the Chateau de Chantilly with its famed art collection and Le Notre-designed gardens.

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Bulgari Hotel Paris

The Bulgari Hotel Paris’s contemporary design and understated elegance sets it apart in one of the world’s best hotel cities.

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Cheval Blanc Paris

As the flagship of luxury collective LVMH’s hotel group, Cheval Blanc is the ultimate 21st century expression of French indulgence.

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Cour des Vosges

Located in the Marais on Place des Vosges, this new property offers a quiet escape from the buzzy square with apartment-style accommodations.
Superior Room at Fouquet’s Barrière, Paris, France

Fouquet's Barrière

Legendary designer Jacques Garcia was given carte blanche at Fouquet’s Barrière—well, almost, since, according to one staffer, he was barred from using his signature crimson, with which he so memorably decked out the Hôtel Costes. Still, his vivid style—fin-de-siècle boudoir meets mod chic—is unmistakable and dominates throughout: there are monochromatic black-and-white marble floors in the lobby, presided over by dramatically oversized golden fauteuils with asymmetrical backs. The buzzy Lucien lounge is decorated like a living room with green- and purple-velvet sofas, fabric-clad ceilings and large bookcases stocked with art and fashion titles. Walls are covered in embroidered leather and illuminated by chandeliers made with dangling glass pendants. In the hands of a lesser talent, the variety of textures, patterns and materials would surely feel overwhelming, but Garcia manages to pull it all together into a masterful vision that’s opulent and playful at the same time.

The 81 guest rooms are comfortably sized—the smallest category clocks in at 400 square feet—and boast a myriad of high-tech toys, including LCD screens that are hidden in oversized mirror walls, movement-sensitive lights in the walk-in closets and, of course, WiFi throughout. All the design details are top-notch: fabrics, including heavy textured curtains and velvet-covered chairs, hail from Pierre Frey and Rubelli; bed boards are made of thick, gold-colored leather; bathrooms are clad in colored marble and come with deep soaking tubs and floor heating. The contemporary, sleek design scheme is not for everyone; if you’re looking for a more classic French style, you’ll probably be happier at the Four Seasons George V and Plaza Athénée down the street.

Each floor at Fouquet’s is assigned a personal butler, who can assist with everything from restaurant reservations to making arrangements at the U Spa. Housed in the romantic, vaulted cellars of Fouquet’s, the spa area has seven treatments rooms, a large heated swimming pool and fifty-foot Jacuzzi (open only to hotel guests).

Don’t miss having a coffee or drink at the adjacent Fouquet’s, a legendary brasserie founded in 1899 (a favorite of Marlene Dietrich, Jackie O. and Catherine Deneuve throughout the years), where the annual after-party for the César Film Awards takes place. Its terrace, near the top of the Champs-Élysée, must be one of the best people-watching spots in all of Paris. Other dining options include Le Gallerie Joy, a prime location for a business lunch or the one-Michelin-starred Le Diane for a more formal affair. Famed Cannes outpost, La Petite Maison is now the hotel’s fourth restaurant (open for dinner only).

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Terrace at Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, Paris, France

Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

The Grand Hotel du Palais Royal was the first of its kind on the Right Bank: grand in its sophistication and style, but with only 68 rooms, small and intimate in feel. Located on a quiet street one block from the bustling square of the Palais Royal and the Louvre, this boutique hotel offers a quiet and residential vibe in a prime location. As an 18th-century landmarked building, classical fittings and original elements, such as banisters and moldings, are found throughout. Though the hotel is in need of a refresh, the style is elegant and understated. Velvet upholstered antique dining chairs provide elegance and history, while contemporary tables and a sleek bathroom keep the rather large spaces chic and modern. Touches of lime green accents and floral window treatments add a bit of flair.

Not to be missed are the two top floor suites. The Panoramic Suite offers incredible views of Paris from the large outdoor terrace, while the Palais Royal Suite peeks into the Palais Royal garden and across the rooftops of Paris. Both have private access from a keyed elevator.

While not a full-service hotel like the nearby palace properties, the hotel does have a small spa with a couple of treatment rooms, a fitness space with the essentials, and a lovely restaurant that feels like eating in a greenhouse. Best of all is the location, mere minutes from the Louvre, Tuileries Gardens and Palais Royal.

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Hotel 1 Place Vendôme

The Scheufele family, owners of Chopard jewelry, has transformed the building that houses their flagship boutique at 1 Place Vendôme into a 15-suite hotel for “friends of the maison” only.

Suite at Hôtel Bel Ami, Paris, France

Hôtel Bel Ami

This boutique hotel originally opened in 2000 and was then overseen by Franco-Chinese hotelier Grace Leo-Andrieu who pushed the 1920’s Beaux Arts Montalembert into the twenty-first century. The guiding principle still is simplicity, efficiency, and consistently tasteful aestheticism. The lobby is light, airy and bare and will give you your first sense of the clear-eyed and unfussy air that prevails throughout this chic, 115-room landing pad. The suites, though urban in feel, have muted, earthy tones and low, futon-like beds.

You might find a well-placed objet d’art here and there: a simple white bud vase, a hammered silver trunk, or an abstract painting on your wall. But, though decidedly stylish, the Bel Ami isn’t the kind of place that is trumpeting style above all else; you are, after all, in one of the most beautiful urban spots in the world, and the Bel Ami is ready to send you out into it. Indeed, it’s been noted that the guests here tend to be more outward-bound than retreat-oriented, thanks in part to the Bel Ami’s prime placement in central Saint Germain-des-Prés. The hotel’s cheery B.A. Restaurant, with light grey walls punctuated by bright red chairs and colorful glass panes, opens out onto the rue St. Benoit. After breakfast and café au lait, you’ll find it easy to glide out onto the sidewalk and explore the city, with whimsy and grace at your feet.

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Hôtel Costes

It’s no mean feat to have been the favorite of the fashion pack in Paris for more than a decade, so if you want a hotel with buzz and famous faces, the Costes is still your best bet. Jacques Garcia’s Napoléon III bordello design is risqué and a lot of fun, but rooms tend to be snug, dark and a bit musty. There’s a terrific fitness center and sexy indoor pool/spa in the basement; the location is convenient; and the see-and-be-seen quotient in the open-air restaurant and bar is high-voltage; if you can put up with the vexing attitude of the scatterbrained waitresses. Not suitable for families, Hotel Costes is one of the sexiest hotels in Paris and a more appropriate pick for couples or friends traveling together who don’t care if the staff is too busy preening and parading to deliver efficient service.

Suite at Hôtel d’Aubusson, Paris, France

Hôtel d’Aubusson

The Aubusson, on the narrow, busy Rue Dauphine, is so unassuming that you could walk right by it and not even know it was there. Step inside, though, and you’ll be transported by a beautifully decorated hotel, where the Aubusson tapestries on the walls trace the long history of this 17th-century building. In cool weather, a log fire burns in the spacious salon, and there’s a courtyard garden where drinks are served in good weather. To be happiest here, opt for a grande luxe room, which has high-beamed ceilings and partially exposed stone walls and is decorated with lavish fabrics. Unlike so many other Left Bank hôtels de charme, this one offers a very high level of service, and even though there’s no restaurant on the premises, there are dozens of places nearby in St.-Germain. Room service is available—rare in hotels of this type, and they make a really great breakfast.

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Hotel De Sers

Hôtel de Sers is a great, reasonably priced option right off Champs-Élysées, for a weekend trip with unique Eiffel Tower views.

Suite at  Hôtel Des Marronniers, Paris, France

Hôtel Des Marronniers

Before I went to Brittany to live with a French family for my junior year in high school, my favorite French teacher, a cool Parisienne in her twenties, gave me a list of inexpensive hotels on the Left Bank. This and the adjacent Hôtel Des Deux Continents were on it. More often than not, when I tried to reserve a room that year or the years after when I came to visit, the hotel was sold out. Its following is so loyal that some women have come for the same two or three weeks each fall or spring for more than thirty years.

The rooms are tiny and a bit reminiscent of an elderly aunt’s guest room, so I would recommend them only for single travelers or young couples on a tight budget. For people who love the Left Bank, its location cannot be beat. There’s also a charming little back garden where breakfast is served in fine weather. Steps from Place St.-Germain, around the corner from Le Petit Zinc, blocks from the Seine and lined with antique shops and boutiques, the Rue Jacob has drawn illustrious residents since the 15th century when the nobles first moved over to the quartier.

Suite at Hotel des Saints Peres, Paris, France

Hôtel des Saints-Pères

Like the Hôtel Brighton on the Right Bank, the Hôtel des Saints-Pères is part of the Esprit group, which emphasizes charming, historic hotel rooms with great locations and a reasonable price. For lovers of the Left Bank, this hotel’s location cannot be beat. On a wonderful shopping street that runs between the Boulevard St. Germain and the Rue de Grenelle, the hotel may not cost much but the window shopping that cannot be avoided may challenge your will power. The mansion that houses the hotel was once the home of Daniel Gittard, who served as an architect to Louis XIV, the Sun King. Aside from one room with a fresco on the ceiling by the School of Versailles painters, though, its décor is not grand. A few rooms have beamed ceilings but most are quite spare. The appeal is the location and the price.

Interiors at  Hôtel du Petit Moulin, Paris, France

Hôtel du Petit Moulin

With a beautiful glass facade that dates from the 1900s, this vest-pocket Marais hotel, housed in an old building that was once a bakery in the 1600s, is a big hit with the fashion crowd and creative types who like being within walking distance of many of the city’s edgiest boutiques and galleries. Using graphic wallpaper—florals, stripes and polka dots, and toile de Joüy—designer Christian Lacroix gave each of the seventeen rooms a different look. Furnishings include Arne Jacobsen Swan chairs, Venetian mirrors and leather-covered built-ins. Rooms are well lit and air-conditioned, but there’s no restaurant (you can order room service from neighboring restaurants). This little charmer is perfect for style-conscious couples that travel light.

Suite at Hôtel Duc de Saint Simon, Paris, France

Hôtel Duc de Saint Simon

Travelers searching for a Left Bank hotel within walking distance to shops and restaurants with old-world elegance and charm will be happy at the Hôtel Duc de Saint Simon. It’s a charming hotel particulier with only 34 rooms, most of which look out onto a leafy garden. It has a full bar and breakfast service, and a small room service menu. The rooms are very small, so it's worth booking a suite. For a romantic getaway, this hotel is a très français option in a great neighborhood. It was a favorite address for Lauren Bacall.

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Hôtel Grand Powers

Located in Paris's 8th arrondissement, Hôtel Grand Powers is a relatively well-priced luxury hotel with great interior design.

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Hotel Hana

Hotel Hana is a petite property in the 2nd arrondissement that takes design inspiration from its location in Little Tokyo with a chic, Parisian take.

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Hotel La Maison Champs-Elysées

Inside the stately Haussmann-era façade of what was once the private residence of the Duchess of Rivoli, Princess Essling, is a stylish boutique hotel whose chic yet theatrical interior design is as intelligent and innovative as it is comfortable and luxurious. La Maison Champs-Elysée, which opened on a quiet street in the heart of Paris’s famed triangle d’or in 2011 is the first hotel project by Belgian fashion brand Martin Margiela.

Margiela, who previously worked for Jean-Paul Gautier and Hermès, has outfitted the hotel’s common areas, as well as seventeen Couture Suites, with an eclectic, but elegant, mix of classical 19th-century French décor—gilded moldings, ornate mirrors, and a grand staircase have been painstakingly restored to their original glory—and au courant design elements ranging from edgy contemporary art and concept furniture to state-of-the-art technology (there is Wi-Fi as well as a new iMac in every Couture Suite.)

Elements of trompe l’oeil appear throughout the hotel in a variety of subtle and striking ways. For example, the lobby’s White Lounge has been wallpapered with a to-scale black-and-white photographic replica of the baroque Second Empire salon on the hotel’s 2nd floor.

The Margiela-designed suites are the reason to stay at La Maison Champs-Elysée. Here you will feel like you are sleeping in a stylish friend’s fabulous guest room. Each spacious suite is distinctively styled with an impeccably edited mix of charming oddities—a floor lamp made from an oversized wine bottle, for example—and witty design references like Philippe Bestenheider’s ‘lui 5’ high-backed wicker armchairs.

Lounge at Hotel Lancaster, Paris, France

Hôtel Lancaster

Once a private residence in the 1890s, the Hotel Lancaster is a boutique alternative to neighboring palaces George V and Le Bristol. Located on a side street off the Champs-Élysées, this eight-floor mansion houses fifty-seven sophisticated rooms and fourteen suites appointed with French antiques and original artwork collected in the 1930s by the former owner. For a “town house” hotel, rooms are shockingly spacious, offering lots of light, and many are connecting making the Lancaster a great option for families.

January 2012 saw the completion of a yearlong refurbishment of the accommodations. Rooms were outfitted with modern amenities like plasma TVs, and furnishings were updated in cheerful pastels resulting in a modern twist on its formerly traditional aesthetic. The hotel’s one-Michelin-starred Asian-French restaurant, lobby and salons have reopened after undergoing a full renovation, which was completed in early 2013.

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