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1. Le Bristol Paris
This historic palace hotel has been a Paris fixture since its opening in 1925. Just north of the Champs-Élysées, Le Bristol Paris welcomes its guests with elegant 18th-century décor, spacious accommodations and first-class cuisine.
The rooms feature pastel colors, antique furnishings, marble bathrooms and large windows overlooking the city streets or hotel gardens. As for amenities, you’ll find an on-site spa, fitness center, steam room and indoor pool with views of the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre and Sacré-Coeur.
Previous guests have praised this luxury property, describing their stay as “magical” thanks to the elegance of the traditional Parisian-style rooms, the fine dining at the Michelin-starred Epicure and the staff’s attention to detail. From the recommendations of the knowledgeable concierge to the friendly demeanor of the waiters, the staff at Le Bristol never fail to impress travelers.
While many noted that staying here was certainly a waste of time, most said it was worth it. As a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, the hotel participates in the Leaders Club rewards program.
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2. La Réserve Paris – Hotel and Spa
The 15 rooms and 25 suites at La Réserve Paris – a chic 19th-century Parisian-style Hotel and Spa in Carrara and Turquin marble. All rooms also feature modern conveniences, such as interactive tablets that control each room’s lights, TV and temperature, as well as buttons that summon butlers.
If you want a view of the Eiffel Tower and additional amenities such as a balcony, two private bars and a wine cellar, consider upgrading to a Grand Palais Suite. The youngest guests were blown away by the personal service available throughout the hotel, and stated that every member of staff seemed ready and willing to do whatever they could to make their stay as comfortable as possible.
Likewise, Le Gabriel, which has two Michelin stars, has been highly praised by previous guests for its seasonal French cuisine. Make sure to book in advance as tables fill up quickly here.
And lucky Leaders Club members as part of The Leading Hotels of the World, this hotel offers perks like welcome gifts and free daily breakfast for two. The hotel’s central address in Paris, close to the exclusive shops of the famous Champs-Élysées, is another highlight for previous visitors.
3. The Milestone Hotel & Residences
Formerly home to several barons and ambassadors, Milestone Hotel & Residences captivates guests with its attentive service. Previous visitors have been impressed that the hotel staff greets travelers by name, prepares a special birthday cake, and readily accommodates special requests.
The rooms are another highlight for the last tenants. The 62 accommodations come with amenities such as free in-room Wi-Fi, homemade welcome treats, candle set service and fresh flowers.
Room décor ranges from theater-inspired rooms with bright red furnishings to elegant suites with four-poster beds and chandeliers. The property also offers prime access to Kensington Palace and Kensington Park.
For those wishing to explore another part of the city, The Milestone Hotel is located just a few minutes’ walk from Kensington High Street subway station. After exploring the City of London, return to the accommodation for afternoon tea or a meal at Cheneston’s Restaurant.
If you’re traveling with kids, try the family-friendly afternoon tea at The Milestone Hotel. And Leaders Club members are lucky – as part of The Leading Hotels of the World, this hotel offers perks like welcome gifts and upgrades.
4. Ashford Castle
Ashford Castle, originally built in 1228, is located in Cong, Ireland (about 40km northwest of Galway). Recent guests said their stay made them feel like royalty, but they warned that even a few days like royalty doesn’t come cheap.
The fully restored Ashford Castle is a tourist attraction in itself and offers a range of luxurious amenities, including a 32-seat cinema, state-of-the-art spa and free Wi-Fi throughout.
Visitors can also take part in more historic activities, from exploring the castle gardens to taking an eagle introduction course. All rooms and suites are luxuriously decorated with touches such as fresh flowers, monogrammed linens and custom rugs.
The excavations are also equipped with more modern amenities, including flat-screen TVs, Bluetooth speakers, electronic blinds and USB chargers. There are also several on-site restaurants for foodies to explore. The George V Dining Room offers fine dining in an elegant dining room, and Cullen’s at the Cottage serves seasonal local and international dishes.
Additionally, guests can enjoy traditional Irish cuisine at The Dungeon, which features a beautiful stone ceiling and ancient-inspired décor.
5. Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris
Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris is located just three blocks south of the famous Champs-Élysées in the west of the 8th arrondissement. But the prime location is just one of the property’s charms. Once inside, you’ll find 18th-century décor, warm hospitality and comfortable accommodation.
While some travelers note that guest rooms and suites are a little out of date compared to other high-end hotels, most praise the 244 accommodations for being clean and spacious.
For views of famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower and Palais Garnier, consider upgrading to one of the hotel’s suites. Whatever accommodation you choose, you’ll enjoy amenities such as free Wi-Fi access, an espresso machine and a minibar.
Before heading out to explore Paris, grab a bite to eat at one of the property’s three restaurants. all have at least one Michelin star and receive a warm welcome from guests. If you only have time for one place, make dinner reservations in advance at the three-Michelin-starred Le Cinq, which features a menu of contemporary French dishes.