Hôtel Plaza Athénée
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The kind of palace that hoteliers dream of.
Rates: from €990 per night
Added extras: Alain Ducasse, of course
Services: wifi, restaurant and spa
The Plaza Athénée’s 2014 facelift brought a great deal of change – but it has not denied any of its roots. Quite the contrary in fact, it remains the most ‘haute-couture’ of the Paris luxury hotels, both in its proximity to the fashion houses and for its shared history with Christian Dior. This avenue Montaigne spot pays serious tribute to its heritage, codes and spectacular past.
All details are tasteful and tailor-made, thanks to the dream team of experts, each of whom excel at their speciality. Expanding under the leadership of Jacques Ory, the communal spaces were designed by interior designer Bruno Moinard, the rooms and suites by Marie-José Pommereau and the high-class restaurant is in the hands of the famous Alain Ducasse. Hotel moguls Partick Jouin and Sanjit Manku add their star touch, attaining a level that hoteliers can sometimes only ever dream of.
The restaurant is the glittering gem - show stopping presentation and stunning décor (think Swarovski chandeliers, polished stainless steel bells and solid oak tables). But in truth, everything at the Plaza is infinitely beautiful – fresh flowers bursting from every vessel, bronze furniture, marble and brushed oak in the lobby, foliage-like chandeliers in the gallery, a skating rink in the courtyard, red carpeting and a bar with a dreamlike, cinematic atmosphere.
It goes without saying that the 154 rooms and 45 suites are the height of elegance, awash with a rich palette of colours and art décor styles. Of course, all that comes at a price: €990 per night to be exact. But this level of luxury is worth forking out for.
25 avenue Montaigne
|Price:||€990-20000 per night|