Paris has long been recognized as the ultimate spring destination. In 2010, France's Ministry of Tourism created the classification "Palace" to designate an elite class of 5 Star hotels to make it easier for discerning guests to identify properties with cachet. These hotels have:
- a high staff-to-guest ratio
- concierge service
- valet parking
- dining establishments with Michelin-star chefs
So far, 8 properties have been recognized with this designation.
Today, I profile 3 iconic Paris hotels with the "Palace" designation:
Le Bristol Paris
In 1925, a mansion that had been built by Count Julles de Castellane on fashionable Rue du Faubourg St. Honore was transformed and Le Bristol Paris first opened its doors. Today, this truly elegant property with paneling, marble and rich tapestry has 127 guests rooms and 46 suites. The largest of the 5 function rooms can accommodate up to 200 attendees. Facilities include a swimming pool and roof-top solarium. The hotels gourmet menus are designed by 3-Michelin star Chef Eric Frechon.
Hotel Plaza Athenee
Located near the Champs-Elysees in Paris' Haute Couture district, Hotel Plaza Athenee was opened on April 20, 1913. The property was transformed with 2000 million Euros from 2013 - 2014. Today, Hotel Plaza Athenee has 154 rooms and 54 suites.
The hotel has 5 function rooms including a wine cellar and Le Salon Haute Couture, a majestic ballroom with a capacity of 200 for dining and 130 for receptions.
Le Meurice, Paris
With marble baths and unforgettable views of the historic Tuileries Garden and the Paris skyline, this all-suites boutique hotel has 45 guest rooms. Le Meurice dates back to 1815 when the hotel was opened on Rue Saint Honore by Charles-Augustin Meurice, France's Postmaster. The property was re-located on Rue de Rivoli in 1835. Le Meurice Restaurant showcases the cuisine of 3-Michelin star Chef Yannick Alleno.
Photo Credit: Hotel Le Bristol