Hôtel Plaza Athénée
What We Love
- 24/7 room service ordered via iPad
- The fresh flowers in every room and all the public spaces
- The pillow and linen menus
What To Know
- Want those Eiffel Tower views through floor-to-ceiling windows? Book the Parisian Eiffel suites
- The hotel has strollers for loan, all made by Red Castle, painted in the hotel’s colors and branded with the logo
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Bring your best bling to this Parisian landmark, which exudes luxury from every one of its aged but perfectly tended pores. From the distinctive red awnings to the window boxes overflowing with geraniums, the Plaza Athénée leaves no room for doubt: this is the grande dame of the city’s hotel scene. A recent renovation by designer Marie-José Pommereau refreshed the rooms, which have either an Art Deco (the seventh and eight floors) or a Regency look and a flower-tone palette set off by the rich silks and damasks that adorn the windows, chairs, and beds. The Alain Ducasse restaurant, newly redesigned by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku, is flat-out bonkers: with its glittering silver banquettes, bright white walls and massive crystal-drop chandeliers, it’s what decadent dining might look like on a luxury space station. Le Relais Plaza, meanwhile, is more relaxed with its brasserie menu and regular clientele of business people and diamond-encrusted ladies who lunch. Allow the staff to pamper you silly, with gifts and chauffeured limo rides, before going for a massage at the spa, which is—what else?—Dior.
In the Area
If you’re staying here, money is no object, so wander down the Avenue Montaigne and pick yourself up some fabulous fashion. Armani, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and other similar names are all within steps of the hotel. When you’re tired of shopping, you can stroll over to the Avenue des Champs Élysées, pausing first at the Asian-influenced and très chic Market, a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, for an elegant brunch of eggs Benedict with pata negra or salmon sashimi. The stunning Grand Palais, one of the city’s most iconic buildings and home to excellent art exhibits and glorious gardens, is a ten-minute walk. Just around the corner from the hotel is La Maison de la Truffe, an elegant brasserie where the menu (and the stock in the adjacent boutique) is dedicated to the truffle.
How to Get There
Considering this hotel is one of the most elegant hotels in Paris it has a warmth that none of the others have. From the minute you enter the front doors, you feel like your home again.
Enjoy their breakfasts. The decor is worth every penny of the costs.
Plaza Athenee is by far the most spectacular hotel i have stayed at. The suites were giant, individual balconies for the suites overlooking a floral courtyard. Beautiful layout, amazing location, top notch!
This was my first time staying at The Plaza Athenee and it was wonderful. The lobby and the whole ground floor look amazing. The staff is very kind and helpful. We stayed for three nights at the junior suite overlooking The Eiffel Tower so it was very special. The only thing that I wasn’t too happy about was that the bathroom felt very cold and there was no thermostat to regulate the temperature in the bathroom. Also, I had a hard time sleeping well in the room and I thought that it was because of the quality of their pillows and the mattress. Except of the sleeping part my stay was exceptional.
Three nights in suite were underwhelming. Hotel desperately needs investment to replace worn carpets, paint walls, upgrade the bathrooms, replace the aging furniture in the common areas, improve the gym etc. Of course, the hotel’s location is a huge benefit, right in the middle of the Ave Montaigne shopping area and five minute walk from Champs Elysee. Also, the staff are helpful with informed suggestions on interesting activities and restaurant recommendations: for example, they proposed Girafe (which was excellent) and warned me that I would be disappointed by La Tour d’Argent (and they were soooooo right!). Try to get a room overlooking the Avenue Montaigne. The rooms in to the court yard are deeply depressing. When booking compare the online prices with a call to the hotel directly: in my case the hotel was offering cheaper rates than any online booking service.
I decided to have a small present to my wife by spending a weekend in Paris, and chose this hotel as it had multiple great feedbacks and also it had an interesting price offer (450 euro per night instead of typical whooping 700).
For this money I have expected something really gorgeous, but the reality missed my expectations.
Let us start with positive things.
1) The location is good: it is situated in a rather quiet shopping street between the Champs-Elysees and Pont de l’Alma. No tourist crowds around which is very good. Two metro stations within 5 minutes walk is also very convenient.
2) The lobby looks really great and all staff members are extremely polity and helpful.
Now, let us move to more controversial things.
3) I was upgraded to a superior room on the 8th (the highest) floor. It was a rather big room overlooking patio with a very comfy bed. However, it’s Art Deco design looked really cheap: chifonnier, bedsides table was like from my grandma’s old Soviet apartment. The bathroom fixtures (faucets, stall shower, sink) also looked cheap and ‘tired’. Maybe rooms in classic style on lower floors are better, but 818 was a disappointment.
4) I understand that breakfast at luxury hotel is expensive, but charging 62 euro for a plain American breakfast is too much. If their croissants and Benedict eggs had been something extraordinary I would have accepted this price tag... but, believe me, they were no better than at any brasserie in neighboring streets, and definitely worse than at Mandarin Oriental at Rue Saint Honore. I suppose you are paying for pretentious (but really cool) restaurant design.
So, all in all Plaza Athenee is a good hotel, but for its price you can find better hotels in Paris.