Hôtel Plaza Athénée
The opulent Hôtel Plaza Athénée takes inspiration from its location on Avenue Montaigne, one of the world’s most prestigious shopping streets; the bespoke nature of haute couture permeates everything from the decor to the service and the dining at its three-Michelin-starred restaurant, Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée. For sheer period drama, it’s difficult to top the Royal Suite. Overflowing with Louis XV and Louis XVI antiques, crystal chandeliers, ornate moldings, swaths of sumptuous silks and plump velvet- and brocade-upholstered furniture, the suite is a master class in traditional French elegance. However, Marie-José Pommereau’s design is never oppressive, but is rather the perfect blend of formal and inviting. The largest suite in Paris, it has four bedrooms, each with an en-suite marble-clad bathroom with Jacuzzi and steam room. There are two drawing rooms (in addition to the seating areas in every bedroom), a dining room for eight, office, kitchen and abundant security features, including a private entrance. Charming fifth-floor balconies brimming with red geraniums overlook Avenue Montaigne and the Eiffel Tower.
L’Art de Vivre
The very well-connected concierges can make the seemingly impossible occur in an instant. They can create your dream Parisian itinerary and arrange every detail. From private guides at Le Louvre to special access to treasured sites and after-hours visits, perhaps with a glass of champagne, nothing is out of reach.