8th Arrondissement (Champs-Élysées)
Hotel Astor Saint-Honoré Paris
Founded in 1907 by Englishman Lord Astor, the hotel underwent a British Regency renovation in 1996 (upholstered chairs with tall wooden legs, ornate nonworking fireplaces). But not to worry: the 128-room hotel still has the typical French features—a glamorous lobby and small-but-well-appointed rooms with patterned carpets and striped furniture in pearl gray, sea green, sky blue, and lilac (plus Wi-Fi and satellite TV). An in-house restaurant serves classic dishes like beef filet with white-truffle cream and John Dory with asparagus, and the bar’s whiskey menu references the hotel’s English roots. The property’s Right Bank location is its trump card: Hotel Astor Saint-Honoré is a short distance from major central attractions, from the Place de la Madeleines to the Opéra, the Louvre, and the Champs-Élysées.
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The penthouse has a large terrace and panoramic views of the Parisian monuments.
Travelers visiting on the last Friday of the month should dine at the hotel's L'Astor restaurant, which puts on live music performances and offers special prix fixe menus.