Paris is a city known for its luxury hotels, such as the historic Hôtel Crillon, Plaza Athénée and the Ritz on Place Vendôme, which have become familiar landmarks in the city. Today, these iconic hotels have been undergoing renovations and revivals, bringing them up to today's luxury standards while safeguarding the charm and heritage of their long histories. In addition to the revivals of these benchmarks in the world of luxury hôtellerie, there are a couple of brand new hotels on the block that are well worth a visit. From the world-renowned luxury hotel The Peninsula to the smaller, boutique hotel La Réserve, Paris' luxury hotel scene is at the top of its game, today more than ever.
Eye on The Peninsula Paris
Six years in the making, The Peninsula Paris, the latest arrival on the Paris luxury hotel map, opened in August 2014, located just off of the Place Étoile with its famous Arc de Triomphe. Setting the bar for luxury and comfort, and truly mastering the art of hospitality, the Peninsula Paris and its 200 rooms and suites is the first hotel of this brand to open in Europe. The hotel is set in a building that previously hosted the Hotel Majestic, founded in 1908, followed by the UNESCO headquarters and most recently, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The building is a superb example of Haussmannian and Neoclassical architectural details, whose restoration required the expertise of France's finest artisans and craftsmen. Upon entering, the grand lobby of the hotel is breathtaking, with its astonishing crystal 'Dancing Leaves' chandelier featuring 800 crystal leaves by Czech crystal maker Lasvit.
Each room in the hotel has been designed with the modern luxury traveller in mind, offering a dressing area, interactive digital tablets for complete ambience personalization, suites with private rooftop terraces, and the most spacious hotel rooms in Paris. With chairs by Rosello, sofas and beds by Laval, desks and side-tables by Austrian designer Robert Wolte, and fine Asian rugs by Tai Ping, the design of the rooms is of the ultimate luxury.
The Peninsula Paris also has six restaurants blending the best of French culture with the Peninsula's expertise in fine dining. From L'Oiseau Blanc, the bar/restaurant with a panoramic view of the city, to their lobby bar and restaurant where afternoon tea is served daily, and LiLi, a Cantonese restaurant paying tribute to the Asian heritage of the Peninsula Hotels group, no detail has been overlooked.
To top off their luxury welcome is their private limousine service for trips to the airport or for a 5-star tour around the city. The fleet available for guests comprises a Rolls Royce Phantom, Mercedes-Benz limousines, BMW 7 Series cars or a special Peninsula-branded MINI Cooper.
Don't miss these newly-opened or recently-renovated luxury hotels in Paris
A favourite amongst stars for nearly a century, the Plaza Athénée Hotel has recently undergone modernization. Located in the 'Golden Triangle' neighbourhood on avenue Montaigne, it was closed for one year and is now open again, after the addition of 14 suites designed by Marie José Pommerau, and the new 'Salon Haute Couture' lounge in place of the former Harry Winston boutique. Patrick Jouin has designed the bar, as well as Alain Ducasse's restaurant, while Bruno Moinard has redesigned the lobby, the courtyard garden, the restaurant Le Relais Plaza and the Galerie.
La Réserve by Michel Reybier has opened its first Paris hotel, adding to its properties in the south of France and its luxury apartment rentals in Paris. Inside, guests are truly at home in the luxurious suites with Parisian décor. The ultimate insider's address, La Réserve Paris offers a club-style experience, a private library for guests, a 16-metre swimming pool, spa and salon, and seasonal gastronomic dining.
Hotel Vernet has been the talk of the town since its renovation this past summer. Located just behind the Champs Elysées, the Hotel Vernet is a quaint, luxurious boutique hotel with a modern feel. The hotel itself is nearly 100 years old, but thanks to interior designer François Champsaur, the Hotel Vernet has been given a chic revival. Head here on Thursday evenings for DJ music in the bar.