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Luxury Hotels in Paris

The city of lights offers some of the world’s best luxury hotels. From old-world charm to modern contemporary, the French capital has the best inventive and prestigious luxury hotels, and here is some of our favorites.

The Ritz
TheRitzEstablished in 1898, The Ritz is nothing less than legendary. Located on Place Vendôme, The Ritz has inspired and housed the elite. In was here, Marcel Proust wrote “In Search of Lost Time” here, and Coco Chanel lived at The Ritz for years. The prestigious suits have hosted the Duke and Duchess of Windsor and Ernest Hemingway. Each of the 56 suits are decorated in classical French style, has a particulate theme or mood, and has astonishing views of the Place Vendôme. Only the best drinks and meals can be fond at the Ritz, from the Michelin-star restaurant L’Espadon to the Hemingway bar.

Hotel de Crillon
Hotel de CrillonThe Hotel de Crillon is one of Paris’ oldest luxury hotels. It was built in 1758, under King Louis XV, and it has a true classical setting. The Hotel de Crillon has 147 lavishly decorated rooms and suits with breathtaking views of Paris. Each suit and room is full of 17th and 18th century tapestries, furniture, and sculptures. On the top floor is the Leonard Bernstein suite. It’s named after the honored pianist and hold one of Bernstein’s pianos. The Hotel de Crillon is home to the gourmet and prestigious restaurant t Les Ambassadeurs, run by chef Christopher Hache.

Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
Four Seasons Hotel George V, ParisJust off the Champs-Elysées, Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris is located in the heart of the most fashionable quarter of Paris. This Parisian Four Sessions is housed in a building that dates to 1928. Within the 245 rooms, the hotel includes 59 suites in which 30 suits and deluxe rooms have terraces or balconies offering astonishing Parisian city views. Each of the 245 rooms are decorated in classic French furnishings and Parisian style that created a real elegance to the atmosphere of the Four Seasons Hotel George V. Le Cing is the main restaurant and has two lounges, Le Galarie and Le Bar. There’s also a luxury spa and sauna to complete the Parisian Four Seasons stupendous hotel.

Le Meurice
Le MeuriceLe Meurice has been home to English aristocrats and artists since it’s opening, as well as Dali and Kipling. Today its clients range from film stars, CEOs, and families. Le Meurice centrally located from the Louve and rue St-Honoré. When guests walk into the hotel, they will see a frosted mirror in the entrance hall where guests can doodle or sign their autograph. The rest of the hotel is full of chandeliers and marble, the 160 rooms and suits decorated in pastel-colored silks and bergère chairs à la Louis XVI. The suites are larger than most apartments in Paris and are extravagant. The 1st-floor Presidential suite looks over the Tuileries and the Belle Etoile penthouse has its own private lift, butler’s pantry and 360° views from its rooftop terrace. Le Meurice houses several fine dinning options, such as Restaurant Le Meurice and Le Dali. There is also a private dinning room, The Table d’Yquem which hosts special wine and food pairings with Château Yquem.

What To Bring on Board

firstclasslaptopFlights often take a good part of a day. Those hours of sitting and waiting pass by way faster if you have some things to entertain you. Whether you’re flying a short haul or long haul flight, it’s always nice to have a few comforts from home. First class and business class passengers are allowed to bring two pieces of carry-on baggage, a briefcase and also a handbag. This means you have a little extra room, for these four things that you should bring with you to make your flight more comfortable.

Travelers Kit
It’s always suggested to make your own travelers kit on flights. You can bring most of the things from home or pick it up at the airport. You’re own first class travelers kit should have any personal toiletries you might need, including a toothbrush and comb. Also, it’s suggested to take a personal water bottle. Take it empty through security and fill it up before boarding the plane.

Books and Magazines
A long flight brings personal time. Always bring a couple of recent magazines with you. You can even pick them out at the airport. And take at least two books, Get books that are easy and fun to read. All electronic devices must be shut off during takeoff and landing, so it’s good to have books and magazines or newspapers on hand.

Ipod or MP3 Player
Bring your music and headphones too. Noise-canceling headphones work best to block out engine noise. Download soothing music and your favorite music before the flight. You can also download your favorite pod casts. And audio books,too.

Laptop
A long flight can also mean work time, especially for those on business class. All business and first class flights come with electrical outlets, so you don’t have to fret about charging your laptop before hand. A laptop can be used not only for work, but also to play a game or to watch a movie. A DVD player obviously only plays movie