The Top Five Hotels in Paris

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Paris...Never a city noted for doing anything by half measures, you would hardly expect Paris to compromise on the luxury-or the price- of its best hotels. The city boasts a whole raft of eye wateringly expensive watering holes, where wallowing in luxury is raised to the level of an art form. Be advised: the city of the Champs Elysees and Coco Chanel is certainly no cheap date.

 

 

Hotel Ritz Paris
Hotel Ritz Paris

For sheer, mind blowing opulence, look no further than the Ritz. First of the famous hotel chain, this gilded, overstaffed monument to the belle époque opened in 1899, and still reigns as the Grand Dame of Parisian hotels. Adored by everyone from Ernie Hemingway (who famously ?liberated? the bar in 1944) to the late Princess Diana, the Ritz is still one of the greatest addresses anywhere in the world.

Almost as opulent is the famous hotel George V, with expansive public rooms and gourmet cuisine, smartly clad bellboys and chandeliers that scream excess at every level. At one time the exclusive haunt of Parisian high society, it has an air of grandeur and dramatic, beautiful style that cannot simply be manufactured.

 

Hôtel George V
Hôtel George V

 

The Meurice is another one of those fabled Parisian hotels that is as over-fussed as a wedding cake, and every bit as intricate with a fabulous service, magnificent, vaulted lounges and ballrooms, and a real sense of staying somewhere that is utterly exclusive. Like the George V, it operates right at the very top of the five star hotel ratings system.

 

Le Meurice Hotel Paris
Le Meurice Hotel Paris

 

 

Operating in much the same level of luxury is the fabled Hotel De Crillon. It has one hundred and forty seven rooms and guest suites, making it more of an old world ?boutique? experience. During the war, it was the headquarters of the occupying German forces, and thus stigmatised for some years after. Today, however, it has regained much of its former lustre and reputation for high end luxury.

 

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