Paris, the city of art, fashion, love and romance…but most of all romance! So much to see and do with your love at your side. Plan your next trip to Paris with a handful of Vogue’s favorite addresses!
Timeless grandeur and most elegant hotel breakfast in town! “Every detail, like the curling wrought iron elevator and the roving wooden champagne cart, suggests that this is the realization of an ideal French hotel. Bedrooms are tastefully understated, arranged with antiques, plush carpeting, and a well-stocked desk full of writing supplies. The hotel lobby, in all gold and cream, is frequented by polished Parisians as well as guests who meet for Le Chocolat Viennois (hot chocolate with whipped cream) at the casual Le Jardin Français. There are two other places to dine, the upscale brasserie 114 Faubourg, which holds one Michelin star, and the exquisite three-starred Epicure, one of the best restaurants in France.”
– Suite Coco Chanel at Ritz Paris
It’s a difficult task, choosing which of the glitzy rooms is the finest at the Ritz Paris. There’s the Windsor, named after the duke and duchess it pays homage to, dressed in beautiful pastel hues including Wallis blue, the duchess’s favorite color; and the Suite Impériale, the largest of them all and a listed historic monument, where one of its bedrooms is a replica of Marie Antoinette’s chambers in Versailles; but the one that takes the cake is the Suite Coco Chanel. The legendary designer called the Ritz Paris home beginning in the 1930s and her abode has been relocated from the second to the third floor to allow for more natural sunlight. Decorated in black, white, and beige, it’s a lesson in understated elegance. Furnished with lacquered Coromandel screens, Goossens gilt-framed mirrors, sketches of Karl Lagerfeld, and never-before-seen photos of Gabrielle Chanel, it’s a true homage to the iconic woman and her brand.
–Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Located right on Avenue Montaigne !
Known for the most luxurious hotel rooms and views of the Eiffel Tower, thus making this the perfect honey-moon spot! Many rooms are adorned with silk draperies, chandeliers, bathrooms in gray veined white marble, and a jaw-dropping view of the Eiffel Tower. The windows which looks most directly upon the tower, are embellished with a silver frame. The service of the staff is outstanding, they go above and beyond.
The design of the hotel is very much fashion forward and is home to one of the most progressive restaurant in town, the Alain ducasse au plaza athenee. There is also a modern grill, Le Relais Plaza, which is favored by locals, and Le Bar du Plaza Athénée, where you can order high concept cocktails under a canopy of cerulean fabric that brings to mind the folds of a gown.
“Eastern chic in a palace fit for a prince. After you have walked past the opulent facade built at the turn of the 20th century for Prince Roland Bonaparte, through the elegant lobby, and been shown to your room at the Shangri-La Hotel, you will be offered a pot of jasmine tea as a welcome. Say yes. A traditional porcelain teapot and cups are delivered in a wooden box to keep them warm, and the tea is wonderful, gulped while investigating the comfortable reading chairs and deep bathtub. Many of the rooms at the Shangri-La have a view of the Eiffel Tower—a benefit of the hotel’s location near the Seine in the Sixteenth Arrondissement—and some have a lovely terrace, which is just the right place to enjoy breakfast in the morning. The decor is contemporary, in soft tones of yellow and blue, with a subtle nod to Asian design in the embroidery. The beds are notably comfortable, and the rooms quiet”
-The Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
If you’re on a search for a home à la Parisienne, look no further than the Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel George V. A foyer lined with floor-to-ceiling windows, white orchids, and lights beaming from the floor make for a grand entrance. Your senses are further stimulated by the soothing pastel hues and softened golden tones that dress the elegant pied-à-terre throughout. Make your way to the bathroom, and you’ve entered into your own personal oasis, where a one-ton marble infinity tub, with a chromotherapy system, rivals an oversize walk-in shower. Natural light floods in and more white orchids are encased in glass displays—it’s airy, it’s bright, and it’s downright magnificent. Furthermore, the bedroom has its own balcony outfitted with a sunbed, a posh living room furnished with a bookcase filled with antique books, and a marble mosaic–floor parlor fit for an intimate gathering. But the pièce de résistance is the terrace that opens out from the conservatory, where views of the Eiffel Tower are meant to be savored and that is undoubtedly the best spot for FOMO–inducing Instagrams (don’t forget to include a lovely breakfast spread). Walk up the adjacent spiral staircase and you’ll find yourself at a small landing where you feel like you’re far removed from everyone and everything else. It’s easy to spend hours up there, taking in breathtaking views of the city, preferably with a glass of Champagne in hand. But don’t get too hooked on room service; just a few floors below, you’ll find three outstanding eateries so good that they are all Michelin-approved, making the Four Seasons Hotel George V the first hotel in the country with a trio of starred restaurants.
For more of a local feeling, consider staying in an apartment. Haven in Paris has exceptionally stylish Saint-Germain flat, which has a beautiful high–ceilinged living room for relaxing with a book in the afternoons, and a roomy windowsill ideal for setting out a picnic. Paris Perfect offers a number of properties in the Seventh Arrondissement that look directly out onto the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy the fantasy of living life in Paris!
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Article by Christina Lao