Famous Hotels in Paris

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Famous Hotels in Paris
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Wanderlust wouldn’t be complete without indulging in the famous hotels in Paris. There’s a reason why these hotels usually make the top of every Paris bucket list — or most bucket lists in general, for that matter. Even just looking at the images of these spectacular famous hotels in Paris transports you into a world unlike any other.

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I’m scratching the surface with just a few of these famous Paris hotels, but let’s be honest, there’s so many good ones that it’s hard to choose.

Each one of these properties boasts historic grandeur and, even though they are very different in their own right, they share the same unparalleled charm and elegance that is quintessentially Parisian. This is truly the epitome of luxury, history, and impeccable service converging — all to create an experience that transcends the ordinary and leaves every guest/visitor with a lasting impression.

If you didn’t already know: In 2010, the Palace designation was established to differentiate hotels that not only exceed the standards of traditional five-star accommodations but also enrich France's cultural landscape through their contributions. To date, only 31 properties currently have this honor awarded to them. 

Four Seasons Hotel George V: Classic Luxury

Named for King George V of the United Kingdom, this art deco-styled property was opened in 1928 by an American businessman at the cost of 60 million Francs (31 million US dollars) to cater to affluent American travelers seeking refined accommodations in Paris.

Steps away from the Champs-Élysées, the George V has earned its reputation as one of the finest properties in the world, catering to all guests with unparalleled hospitality. Over the years, it has been a haven to many celebrities and dignitaries, including General Eishenhower, who, in 1944, used the hotel as his headquarters during the Liberation of Paris. The Beatles even wrote their famous song, “I Feel Fine” while in their hotel suite!

In 2017, George V became the first luxury Hotel in Europe to be home to three Michelin-starred restaurants. This expansive 244-room property received its Palace designation in 2011.

Fun Fact: There is a 50,000 bottle wine cellar 46ft below the hotel ground. The cellar is in a former quarry that was mining rocks to be used during the building of the Arc de Triomphe, with its construction beginning in 1806 (the original walls still remain). During World War II, the cellar was walled to prevent any enemies from accessing it. 

Le Meurice: Refined Sophistication

Le Meurice holds a significant place in history as one of Paris's most iconic hotels. Named after its original owner, it opened in 1835 as a hotel to specifically appeal to British guests. It has been a favored destination for many notable figures, including writers, artists such as Picasso and heads of state such as Queen Victoria and King George VI. The hotel served as the inspiration for Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time, and it has been a backdrop for various cultural and historical events over the years, including being commandeered by the German occupation authorities from 1940 to 1944. 

You can’t ask for better positioning with the hotel overlooking the Tuileries Garden and the Louvre. The opulence of Le Meurice draws inspiration from Versailles with every aspect reflecting the artistry and sophistication for which Paris is celebrated. It was recognized as a Palace hotel in 2011.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée: Parisian Chic 

With its prime location on Avenue Montaigne, Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s iconic facade stands proudly as a staple, epitomizing Parisian luxury. Its doors opened in 1913 and, with the opening of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the hotel quickly became a main gathering location for the prominent composers and performers of that time. In 1946, Christian Dior opened his first boutique on Avenue Montaigne in order to attract the hotel guests — and even named pieces in his inaugural collection in the hotel’s honor — which helped to transform the area into what we know today as the Avenue of Fashion. Hôtel Plaza Athénée emerged as the focal point of social and cultural activity in Paris and continues today to hold a special place in locals’ hearts (not to mention quickly becoming a favorite amongst visitors).

In 2012, Hôtel Plaza Athénée was designated as a Palace hotel. It’s also hard not to note that several movies and shows have also been filmed here, such as Sex and the City, Something’s Gotta Give, The Devil Wears Prada and Emily in Paris.

Hôtel de Crillon: Historic Opulence

Dating back to the 18th century, Hôtel de Crillon has a rich history as a palace commissioned by King Louis XV and has housed esteemed figures throughout French history, including the Count of Crillon, after whom it was named, and even Marie Antoinette, who took music lessons at the mansion. Over the years, the hotel has witnessed significant events like the signing of the Treaty of Versailles and has become synonymous with prestige and elegance in Parisian hospitality due to its opulent architecture and luxurious accommodations. The hotel reopened in 2017 following extensive renovations to preserve its historic charm while integrating modern amenities.

The property has 78 rooms, 36 suites and 10 signature suites, two of which were designed by Karl Lagerfeld. In 2018, Hôtel de Crillon was officially designated as a Palace-grade hotel. It also just snagged the 50th spot on The World’s 50 Best Hotels in 2023. 

La Réserve Paris: Discrete Luxury 

A much smaller property and more understated out of the group, La Réserve is a hotel that is worthy of all the praise it receives. 

It has a rich history dating back to the 19th century, when it was originally built as a mansion for the Duc de Morny, a half-brother of Emperor Napoleon III. Over the years, the property changed hands several times and underwent various transformations. It was purchased in 2007 and underwent a meticulous renovation project to transform it into a luxury hotel, opening its doors in 2015. La Réserve offers guests a refined and intimate retreat in the heart of the busy city. Its incredibly personalized service has solidified its reputation as one of Paris's premier hotels.

Rather than the feeling of a standard hotel room, the 15 rooms and 25 suites at La Réserve were designed to feel like private residences. In 2020, the property joined the ranks of its competitors as a Palace-designated hotel and in 2023, took the #31 spot on the The World’s 50 Best Hotels list.

And finally, but certainly not least, ending with this very notable mention:

The Ritz Paris: Timeless Elegance 

Though it’s surprising to hear that this beauty has still not been awarded the Palace designation, there is no denying that it remains as not only one of the most iconic hotels in Paris, but also in the entire world. 

Situated in the heart of the city on the iconic Place Vendôme, this property boasts a rich history dating back to its opening in 1898 by renowned hotelier César Ritz. Throughout its illustrious past, The Ritz has been a beacon of luxury and sophistication, hosting royalty, celebrities and dignitaries from around the world. It is famously known for its high level of service (an impressive 6:1 ratio), timeless elegance, opulent decor and attention to detail, including its legendary Bar Hemingway, named after the American author who frequented the establishment. 

The hotel has 142 total rooms, with exactly half accounting for suites, including their three most famous ones — Suite Windsor, Suite Coco Chanel and Suite Impériale (which is also rumored to be the suite that Princess Diana stayed in before her tragic death in 1997). 

Need to Know

The seemingly endless choices for accommodations in Paris can seem overwhelming — especially when comparing such incredible options like these. If you’re wanting to experience the highest level of service that the industry can offer or prefer to feel like you’re experiencing something straight out of a fairytale, you can never go wrong with any one of these famous hotels in Paris.

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Paris. Looking for more travel tips? Check out my trip report, Romantic Getaways in Florida.

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