Hôtel de la Trémoille

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Champs Élysées and western Paris

Chic yet cosy, grand yet friendly, the elegant Hôtel de la Trémoille is on another level. The high-end restaurant-bar-lounge plus spa and fitness facilities have made it a serious competitor to the other, less individual palaces nearby. The 93 rooms are decorated to evoke no fewer than 31 different 'atmospheres', and the bathrooms are filled with a kaleidoscope of Molton Brown products. A unique feature is the 'hatch', which enables room service to deliver your meal without disturbing you. In the lobby, don't miss out on the black and white photos of jazz legends standing on the hotel's balcony in the 1930s, when it was the go-to Paris hotel for Louis Armstrong and others.

The Louis2 restaurant attached is reached through a spacious lounge bar, which does a fine line in everything from cocktails to afternoon teas, or via a separate street entrance that adds to the sense of occasion. The hotel has raised the bar here, with chef Fabrice Debois serving up sophisticated dishes with real panache: poached pollock with cockle and leek jus, perhaps, or roasted quail with lemongrass and ginger. Look out for the occasional evenings featuring a piano player and glasses of champagne, to really top off your hotel experience.

From spring 2014, the hotel has teamed up with superior walking tour company Context Travel to offer a fully rounded Paris experience (just one of its tailored package options). From €225.50 per person, you can have an overnight stay with breakfast, then a three hour tour of Paris that explains the enormous influence of the architectural changes imposed by Napoleon III and his architect Georges-Eugène Haussman – a fascinating opportunity that will change the way you understand the city, and which is crowned with a visit to the flamboyant, iconic Opéra Garnier.

Venue name: Hôtel de la Trémoille
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Address: 14 rue de la Trémoille
8e
Paris

Price: Rates €360-€610 double
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