The City of Light is booming with new and rebuffed five-star hotels. Here’s what you’ll find at five of the best.
Paris is in the midst of a massive hotel boom. It started last year, with the unveiling of the Peninsula Paris, and hasn’t slowed since. With new hotels and massive renovations throughout the city, each hotel is bringing its own cache of luxury, and within it, a single perk that’s worth seeking out. Here's the scoop on three notable newcomers, and what's on the horizon for two more.
The Peninsula Paris
The Hong Kong brand behind this hotel spent 15 years scouting the ideal location to open its first outpost in Europe, which became an instant classic and was named a T+L It List property this year. In Paris’ ritzy 16 Arrondissement, in a lavish turn-of-the-century building, it preserves detailed tributes to its historic details. And while news has spread of the hotel’s opening, you don’t have to be a guest to take advantage of its best feature: the rooftop terrace and restaurant L’Oiseau Blanc, which nearly feels like you’re in a vintage Cessna, cruising just above the Paris rooftops.
Riffing off the French aviation theme, the restaurant is a nod to two French pilots who made one of the earliest attempts at a trans-Atlantic crossing. As such, the views of the Paris skyline and the Eiffel Tower are among the best you can find in the city. The only thing that will compete for your attention, is the equally elevated ‘bistronomy’ fare, like a refined play on surf and turf that features sardine and beef tartar with mint, and braised veal with pink radishes and apricot coulis.
The Hotel Regina
Francophiles will love bedding down at the Hotel Regina for its classic French style and new modern twists. Fresh off the heels of a two-year, $19 million renovation, this classic beauty has a polished new look. Beneath its imperial domed roof, the lobby’s regal moldings, chandeliers, and floral stained glass windows are a tribute to stylish French living.
The small but opulent dining room overlooking Rue de Rivoli makes it feel more like a French chateaux than an urban hotel—enough, at least, for the fashion industry titans that frequent the hotel. Guest rooms sport Pierre Frey and Nobilis fabrics against a peaceful cream backdrop with pops of champagne-hued accents. Amenities include products from renowned parfum house Fragonard. Just off the Place de Pyramids, many rooms overlook the Tuileries garden and, in the distance, the Eiffel Tower. New soundproofing has made it nearly impossible to hear the outside noise, making it feel like you could be all the way in Versailles.
La Reserve Hotel Paris
This Haussmann-style manor was originally built in 1854, and reopened this year as La Reserve. With only 26 suites and 14 rooms tucked behind a curtain of trees, its intimate nature draws people seeking refuge from the Champs-Elysees. But the real relaxation takes place in the spa. With only three treatment rooms next to a 54-foot dimly lit indoor pool, as well as an in-house perfumery, it’s a veritable oasis.
On the horizon
It’s taken more than three years to restore the Ritz Paris, but come the end of 2015 when it reopens, the room count will drop to make way for more suites, including an Imperial Suite made in the exact image of Marie-Antoinette’s in Versaille. New eateries include three restaurants, three bars (as well as the famed Bar Hemingway), and afternoon tea by the wood-burning fireplace at the historic Salon Proust.
After being closed for more than two years for a complete renovation, the Hotel de Crillon will open in 2016. This regal 18th century landmark possesses some of the most stunning hotel design in Paris, which will be augmented by the work of Parisian hotel architect Richard Martinet. None other than Karl Lagerfeld will design two of the hotel’s suites, paying tribute to 18th century Paris with a contemporary stylish edge.