The massive transformation and expansion of Paris’ legendary Fouquet’s brasserie into a luxury hotel was overseen by architect Edouard François and interior designer Jacques Garcia. François merged seven classic Haussmann-style buildings and Garcia’s vivid style is seen in such details as oversized golden fauteuils in the lobby and walls covered in embroidered leather. Hotel Fouquets-Barrière is among the first luxury hotels to have obtained the prestigious Leading Green Certification and is committed to Dignified Luxury©, which emphasizes that the environment need not be abandoned in the quest for luxury. The hotel’s lavish design, exquisite cuisine and hip location where the Champs-Élysées meets the Avenue George V, underscores its appeal to a fashionable and discerning clientele.
Hôtel Lancaster has housed many a grande dame over the years. In the 1930s, Marlene Dietrich lived in one of the apartments for three years, and today the suite named after her has a grand piano in the living room. Built as a private residence in 1889, the hotel still exudes the personal ambience of a stylish home. Legendary hotelier Emile Wolf hunted for antiques across Paris’ best auction houses, and the impressive collection creates a ravishing backdrop to this day. Further enhancing the home-away-from-home vibe is the interior garden whose lush plants come from five different continents. Given the serene setting in the heart of Paris, no wonder that such presentday grandes dames and gentlemen, like Jane Fonda, Emma Thompson and Pedro Almodóvar, have all stayed here.
Le Bristol Paris is a unique place for its exemplary service and refinement. Located on the elegant rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, in the heart of the city’s arts and fashion district, the hotel has welcomed guests since 1925 and features renovated rooms and suites that are decorated in 18th century French-style. Exceptional cuisine is created in the newly designed restaurant, Epicure, which overlooks the French gardens. The luxury brasserie, 114 Faubourg offers an inviting atmosphere. Le Jardin Français welcomes guests for afternoon tea, or less formal lunch and dinner. Le Bar du Bristol is the new place to be seen in Paris on evenings. The swimming pool has panoramic views of Paris’ rooftops. The new Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie completes this exceptional palace.
Paris is full of hidden corners that offer calm oases, and one of the prettiest is found at Hotel Raphael. Raphael La Terrasse, the hotel's rooftop restaurant, is beautifully planted and overlooks the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower. Classic Paris is also present in the old-world interiors, which feature rich silks, tasteful antiques and damask wallpaper. Housed in a seven-story palace that was built in 1925, the hotel preserved such original details as six-foot-tall windows and large armoires (even if guests are no longer bringing along ball gowns). In walking distance to the Champs Elysées but feeling worlds away, the hotel fosters a serene, home-like vibe, thanks to its intimate size and discreet service.
It's impossible not to feel enveloped in history when entering the Ritz Paris. The iconic property on Place Vendôme was established by legendary Swiss hotelier César Ritz in 1898. This is where Auguste Escoffier innovated fine dining, Ernest Hemingway mused about expat life and fashion designer Coco Chanel chose to stay for thirty years. It's every bit as grand as its name implies (designer Charles Méwès was inspired by the lavish interiors of Versailles and Fontainebleau), with antique-laden salons and rooms. The two-Michelin-starred L'Espadon may have updated the calorie-rich cuisine of Escoffier's days and rooms may now have flat-screen televisions and Wi-Fi, but at its heart, it remains the same property that Fred Astaire celebrated in his song "Putting on the Ritz."