Immerse yourself in the VIP lifestyle with a stay in one of Elite Traveler’s favorite Parisian pads
Boasting a unique and prestigious location opposite the Church of Saint-Germain-des- Prés, in the heart of the Left Bank district and just a few steps from Paris’s celebrated literary cafés and chic fashion boutiques, the elegant Madison Hotel plays its own part in the area’s atmosphere and charm.
Totally renovated to offer a chic, cozy, contemporary style, this sophisticated hotel reflects the Parisian flair.
Caroline Demon, General Manager
+33 (0)1 4051 6000
143, Boulevard Saint Germain, 75006
Located in the Opera district – one of the city’s central shopping areas – twenty minutes from the Louvre museum and walking distance from several metro stations, Hotel Banke is an ideal spot for guests who want to stay in the heart of Paris.
Converted from a Belle Epoque-era bank, the building offers luxurious and grand interiors that combine details of the past with modern flairs. Guests can choose from a selection of 93 rooms, with the hotel also offering two restaurants, a bar, and a spa area.
Joaquim Clos, Managing Director
+33 (0) 155 332 222
20, Rue la Fayette, 75009
HOTEL DE BUCI
The ambiance of the 18th century is back in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, at the newly renovated, intimate Hotel de Buci.
The ‘boudoir’, the great invention of the Louis XV period, has been adapted to today’s trends, resulting in this little gem of 24 rooms and suites whose typically Parisian ambiance offers a memorable journey through history.
Romain Binet, General Manager
+33 (0)1 5542 7474
22, Rue de Buci, 75006
Art and design enthusiasts will be right at home at the Artus Hotel.
Situated in the very heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris’s center for fashion and reaction, this design hotel pays tribute to contemporary art. A stone’s throw from the main tourist attractions, art galleries and antique shops, this hotel offers serenity in its modern décor and exceptional comfort.
Romain Binet, General Manager
+33 (0)1 4329 0720
34, Rue de Buci, 75006
HOTEL BOURGOGNE & MONTANA
Paris’s Left Bank, a short walk from the River Seine, the Place de la Concorde, the Champs-Elysées and the Grand Palais – such is the prestigious location boasted by the Bourgogne & Montana Hotel, known to some of its clients as “one of Paris’s best kept secrets”.
This luxurious residence built in 1791 exhibits all the elegance and aristocratic spirit of one of Paris’s most beautiful areas. This unique hotel combines a classic feel with the pleasure of modern trends.
Emilie Arabyan, General Manager
+33 1 45 51 20 22
3, Rue de Bourgogne, 75007
The Terrass Hotel, unique four-star hotel situated in Montmartre, has been cultivating the French way of life.
Since 1911, it has offered a seamless combination of modernity and tradition. Between the Sacré Coeur and the Moulin Rouge, its 98 elegant and spacious rooms and suites boast a privileged location. From the Lounge Bar ‘The 7th’ on Paris’s rooftops, you enjoy a spectacular view in a green and grassy setting. The Terrass Hotel is also the perfect place for private events.
Jean-Patrick Lebrun, General Manager
+33 (0)1 4606 7285
12-14, Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018
HÔTEL DE CRILLON
A magnificent edifice commissioned by King Louis XV in 1758, the Crillon was transformed from a government building into a hotel in 1909, and has welcomed throughout its history a long list of Elite Travelers including Reza Shah Pahlavi of Iran, US Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, and Nixon, King George V of England and many others.
Located right on the Place de la Concorde, in the heart of Paris, the Crillon is the ideal base from which to explore.
TOP SUITE BERNSTEIN SUITE
Why we love it: A homage to the American composer Bernstein, who frequently stayed there, this suite overlooking the Place de la Concorde is fabulous in every way. Adorned with richly colored fabrics by interior design houses Frey and Leliévre, it comprises a salon, master bedroom, dining room and private kitchen, and private bar with cigar humidor, all tastefully furnished with Louis XV furniture. The master bathroom, kitted out in white Calacatta marble as used by sculptor Michaelangelo, features a sauna and jet tub with spectacular city views.
- Square footage: 1,480 plus 1,000 terrace space
- Nightly rate: $11,700
Luc Delafosse, General Manager
+33 (0)1 4471 1500
10 Place de la Concorde, 75008
HOTEL PLAZA ATHÉNÉE
Featuring 191 guest rooms including 45 suites and served by a staff of 520, the Plaza Athénée is chic, grandiose and central, all that you could possibly need for your stay.
Recently renovated, this Parisian institution has fused the old with the new to create a lavish experience for its guests, ensuring that every room, no matter its price or style, is equipped with only the best in modern accoutrements. Famous guests have included Hollywood royalty Grace Kelly and Jean Harlow, Jackie Kennedy, Anna Wintour and actresses Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz.
TOP SUITE ROYAL SUITE
Why we love it: The newest offering from this elite hotel, the Royal Suite is the largest in Paris, and possibly the most up to date. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including a Panasonic 3D, full HD, rotating plasma screen TV in the master bedroom, a music library, and digital fingerprint security system, this suite combines old-school luxury with the latest advances to create a deluxe and yet completely modern private space. On the fifth floor of the hotel, the Royal’s reception hall, two master bedrooms, dressing rooms, two guest bedrooms, living room, dining room, study, and sitting room are furnished with splendid antiques and opulent fabrics, and offer views of Avenue Montaigne and the intimate courtyard garden, not to mention side views of the Eiffel Tower.
- Square footage: 4,800
- Nightly rate: $28,000
François Delahaye, General Manager
+33 (0)1 5367 6665
25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008
FOUR SEASONS GEORGE V
Since its construction in 1928, the Four Seasons George V has been the last word in luxury and elegance.
Just off the Champs-Elysées, this hotel – decorated in a ravishing classical French style by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon – is recognized throughout Paris for its excellent service and sophisticated atmosphere. Rest your weary head in one of the 59 suites, 30 of which look out onto the city, and benefit from the hotel’s centrality to see sights such as the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower and Musée de l’Art Moderne.
TOP SUITE ROYAL SUITE
Why we love it: One of the ‘Frenchest’ suites in Paris, the Royal Suite is an antique-filled haven, beautifully decorated with classic luxury furnishings chosen to suggest an opulent Parisian apartment. An ideal space to entertain, the suite features an eight-seat dining area, spacious living room with marble fireplace and a terrace overlooking an Art Deco fountain of the three muses. It also features a marble bathroom with private steam room and sauna, private dressing room, entrance foyer, guest bedroom and office. Service to the Royal Suite is, naturally, outstanding; in-house artistic director Jeff Leatham once decorated the suite with hundreds of red roses and candles for a proposal.
- Square footage: 2,600
- Nightly rate: $15,900
Jade Shany, Hotel Ambassador
+33 (0)1 4952 7147
31 Avenue George V, 75008
INTERCONTINENTAL PARIS LE GRAND HOTEL
A superb 470-room hotel in the center of the city, the Intercontinental is only a short hop from sights such as Palais Garnier, Eglise de la Madeleine, Place de Vendôme, and Galeries Lafayette.
Its rich history began in May 1862, when it was opened with great pomp and ceremony by the Empress Eugénie to the fanfare of an orchestra led by Offenbach. Guests today can profit from a variety of five-star services, including access to the hotel’s sea-water spa i-Spa by Algotherm, the only one of its kind in Paris, and to the Café de la Paix, a great people-watching spot.
TOP SUITE IMPERIAL SUITE
Why we love it: The most exclusive of the hotel’s four presidential suites, the Imperial suite enchants with its Napoleon III-style furnishings and fabulous views of Place de l’Opéra. Sumptuous blue carpets and upholstery and ornate plaster moldings exude majesty and opulence, allowing guests to fully immerse themselves in the grandiose past of Paris.
- Square footage: 1,570
- Nightly rate: $7,000
Christophe Laure, General Manager
+33 (0)1 4007 3504
2 Rue Scribe, 75442
Located on the Rive Gauche or Left Bank, only moments away from the trendy Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, Hotel Lutetia is a Belle Époque beauty.
Within walking distance of the Seine, Musée d’Orsay, Notre-Dame cathedral and department store Le Bon Marché, it is excellently positioned for both cultural and shopping trips. Inside, classic Art Deco furnishings take guests back to the jazz era, when stars such as singer Josephine Baker frequented the hotel and artists and writers were its main clientele. Even General de Gaulle spent his honeymoon here.
TOP SUITE ARMAN SUITE
Why we love it: A tribute to sculptor Arman, this is the largest suite in the hotel and a unique one. Comprising two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a large sitting room, the suite is filled with Arman’s works, the centerpiece a striking table composed of violins and surrounded by cello-shaped chairs. The master bedroom is furnished in decadent tones of red and black and adorned with African artwork, whilst the bathroom continues the mood of luxury with the use of dark wood and Art Deco-style mosaics.
- Square footage: 1,4000
- Nightly rate: $6,400
Jean-Luc Cousty, General Manager
+33 (0)1 4954 4646
45 Boulevard Raspail, 75006
HOTEL LE BRISTOL PARIS
Named after one of the earliest ever elite travelers, Frederick Hervey, Count of Bristol, this five-star hotel is renowned for its service and prime position.
Situated on the world-renowned Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, it is surrounded by boutiques of the highest caliber, making it an excellent choice for those that come to Paris for one thing and one thing only: shopping. It is also, however, an ideal stopping place for more laid-back travelers; the stunning courtyard garden hidden in the center of the hotel offers a unique retreat from the city buzz, as does the hotel’s Anne Sémonin spa
TOP SUITE PARIS SUITE
Why we love it: On the sixth floor of a recently-added entirely new wing, the Paris Suite – complete with balcony offering panoramic views of the city – aims to give guests the experience of residence in an authentic Parisian apartment. A spacious living area made up of a dining room, fully-equipped kitchen, master bedroom, hammam and bathroom decorated in pink Portuguese marble, this suite can be extended even more to become a vast and luxurious living space of up to 2,050 square feet.
- Square footage: 1,600
- Nightly rate: $9,000
Didier Le Calvez, General Manager
+33 (0)1 5343 4300
112 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008
One of the first luxury hotels in Paris, Le Meurice, overlooking the beautiful Tuileries gardens, is guaranteed to please any discerning wanderer who steps through its doors.
From the elegant marble-dominated foyer, decorated in refined tones of cream, grey and palest gold, to the contemporary Philippe Starck-designed Le Meurice restaurant, this hotel exudes glamor and class. Perfectly situated for trips to the Louvre and Musée de l’Orangerie, it is also close to the boutiques of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré and virtually next door to the unmissable Belle Époque pâtisserie Angelina
TOP SUITE ROYAL SUITE BELLE ETOILE
Why we love it: Available either as a two-bedroom (2,260 square feet) or as a four-bedroom suite, this expansive space on the seventh floor of the hotel includes a private foyer, sitting room, dressing area, gallery and office in addition to the master bedroom – tastefully furnished in pale gold, cream and blue – master dressing room and marble master bathroom. Among those to revel in this luxurious pad are eccentric artist Salvador Dalí (who once had the suite filled with sheep), supermodel Naomi Campbell, French actress Isabelle Adjani, and pop stars Kanye West and Eminem. The highlight of the Belle Etoile is the enormous terrace, which offers unforgettable 360-degree rooftop views of the capital and, of course, les etoiles. Ideal for a game of Parisian ‘I spy’.
- Square footage: 2,250 plus 3,200 terrace space
- Nightly rate: $14,000
Franka Holtmann, General Manager
+33 (0)1 4458 1001 / +33 (0) 1 4458 1010
228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001
Stepping through the revolving doors of the legendary Ritz Paris can only be described as magical, like turning back the clock.
From its grand lobby and luxurious suites to its charming bars and elegant dining rooms, this historic landmark never fails to stir the imagination and enchant all who stay here. Decorated in the classic French style, the 159 opulent rooms and suites of the Ritz Paris have seen their fair share of famous faces including habitués Marcel Proust, Elton John, Oscar de la Renta and Coco Chanel, who was so enamored with the hotel that she made it her permanent residence.
TOP SUITE IMPERIAL SUITE
- Square footage: 3,300
- Nightly rate: $17,560
Why we love it: The Imperial Suite is surely one of the most opulent residences to grace Paris; spectacular views, impressive dimensions and an incredible history combine to create a space of unmatched luxury. Located on the first floor overlooking Place Vendôme, the suite includes two bedrooms, a sumptuous salon, a dining room with fully equipped kitchen, a private wine cellar stocked with the best vintages, and numerous other features designed to cater to guests’ every needs. For ultimate opulence, choose the golden master bedroom, modeled on the Versailles bedroom of Marie Antoinette.
MANDARIN ORIENTAL, PARIS
Surrounded by the haute couture boutiques of the historic Rue Saint- Honoré, the Mandarin Oriental provides an ideal base for the fashionconscious elite and business executives looking to impress.
Sleek and spacious interiors provide a fresh and elegant ambiance which combined with the trademark high quality service of the Mandarin hotel group offers guests a peaceful break from the city. The lush hotel gardens provide an oasis of calm with hints of Asian influences. Paris has a reputation as one of the world’s greatest gourmet capitals and the Michelin-starred restaurants headed by acclaimed chef Thierry Marx do not disappoint.
TOP SUITE ROYALE MANDARIN SUITE
Why we love it: A spectacularly lavish suite with a panoramic view of Paris that streches out as far as the eye can see, the Royale Mandarin Suite lives up to its regal title. Decorated with a sumptous palette of gold, white and plum, this two-level duplex gives a modern take on the quitessential Parisian style. Silk, marble and velvets give a luxurious 1930s feel to the suite complemented by the stunning oversized bath which looks out on to the glittering Eiffel Tower.
- Square footage: 3,300
- Nightly rate: $25,394
Stéphanie Le Simple
+33 (0)1 7098 7333
251 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001
Originally built for Prince Roland Bonaparte, Napoleon’s grandnephew, the opulent Shangri-La Hotel emanates classic palatial luxury with features such as elegant molding, chandeliers, marble staircases and soaring ceilings decorated with gold leaf and murals.
Suites in shades of cream and powder blue give the group’s first Europe outpost a distinctly Parisian ambiance compared to its sister hotels in Asia. The Shangri-La’s Hong Kong roots are present in the outstanding cuisine served in La Bauhinia brasserie and awardwinning Shang Palace restaurant, along with timeless French dishes.
TOP SUITE LA SUITE SHANGRI-LA
Why we love it: It is easy to see why they call Paris the city of lights within La Suite Shangri-La—with its prime position atop the Chaillot Hill this seventh floor suite commands one of the most spectacular outlooks over Paris, including incredible views of the Eiffel Tower from the expansive private terrace. Fresh, modern interiors bring this historical hotel into the 21st century and include luxurious touches such as a jacuzzi, and heated floor.
- Square footage: 2,938
- Nightly rate: $22,885
RAFFLES LE ROYAL MONCEAU, PARIS
This historic, grand hotel, which has seen countless celebrities, dignitaries and artists walk through its doors, was given an ultramodern facelift in 2010 when it was completely re-designed by acclaimed designer Philippe Starck.
The result is an impossibly chic hotel with walls dripping with contemporary art and stylish features which give a new-fashioned twist on art deco. It houses the largest pool in the city and the 149 rooms are decorated with oversized chandeliers and finishings in chrome and leather. Perhaps the pièce de résistance is the hotel’s restaurants which serve desserts by Paris’s premier pastry chef Pierre Hermé.
TOP SUITE PRESIDENTIAL SUITE
Why we love it: Boldly decorated in white and pastel pink this vast suite features everything from a private gym to a home cinema. Peppered with furniture and fixtures hand-crafted by Philippe Starck himself, it represents the height of modern Parisian style. Contemporary art pieces adorn the walls, and the bathroom includes a hammam and rain shower to provide the ultimate relaxation in fashion’s capital city.
- Square footage: 3,767
- Nightly rate: $25,139