Paris is one of the world’s great hotel cities. Aside from virtually every major big brand name, there are smaller, beautifully-designed accommodations located in historic townhouses and palaces that feel more like staying in a grand residence than a traditional hotel. And if there’s one neighborhood where a visitor is spoiled for choice when it comes to a place to stay, it’s the blocks radiating out from the Place Vendome, in Paris’ First Arrondissement, known for its high-end jewelers and sites like the Palais Garnier and Jardins des Tuileries.
Even if you can’t afford to overnight in one of the luxury hotels here, it’s still worth a walking tour (or to stop in for a meal, a spa treatment or afternoon tea) to catch a glimpse of the remarkable architecture and sumptuous interiors of the six properties listed here.
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An institution since 1898, the lavish, opulent Ritz—near the Louvre museum and Tuileries gardens—has maintained its stature as one of Paris's leading hotels, despite a plethora of trendy newcomers. Of course, not everyone can claim the Ritz's history: it was the world's first hotel to have a private bath in every room, and everyone from Edward VII to Coco Chanel has called it home (in Chanel's case, for 37 years). The hotel recently underwent a massive renovation, but Belle Époque touches have remained. Swan-shaped, gold-plated faucets grace the tubs; a surfeit of period Louis XV, Louis XVI, and Empire furniture fills the rooms; and thousands of euros' worth of flowers scent the air each week. Traditional white-glove service, a Roman-style pool ringed with columns, and a Michelin-starred restaurant only add to this lap-of-luxury experience.