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
Our stay at the Athenee was incredible. We once interrupted housekeeping as they were straightening up the curtains. They messaged each pleat into its correct orientation. We tried to not convert to Euros, but hit a snag when a taxi would not take Visa; the doorman swooped in and paid the fare and put the charge to the room. We struggled to change time zones and missed breakfast every morning, but they just sent a full breakfast up to our room as if we were in our own version of Pretty Woman (btw; we’ve done the Bev Wil and it doesn’t hold a candle to the Athenee). They worked a car into our schedule when the yellow vest protestors prevented uber and taxis from picking us up for the next leg of our trip. The view of the Eiffel Tower is perfect.
This is the best hotel in Paris, if not all of France. From the moment you arrive here everything is perfect. Every detail is extremely well attended to. The personal service that my entire family received was second to none. Everyone knew all of us by name and was so helpful with all of our requests and needs. The location is outstanding. The views of the Eiffel Tower are wonderful. The breakfast is absolutely the best in the world. Not even a close second to that. The rooms are absolutely perfect. We love to stay at different places when we travel but will certainly stay here when we rerun to Paris. Couldn’t imagine staying anywhere else. This is the standard that every hotel should strive for. Best we have ever experienced. Amazing.
Stayed here for the second time and was seriously disappointed. Wish we had chosen somewhere else. We paid close to £1200 a night for a hotel that was worth about £450/500 top. The rooms very very run down and the staff were very unhelpful and unprofessional. The flowers looked dead throughout the hotel and very bad taste. The lady who showed us to our room gave us the wrong information and times about breakfast. The conceirge didn't even bother to check if he could make reservations at work restaurants just stated that they would be full- so no connection. The gallery where you can eat and drink has no atmosphere and is dark and depressing. Would I stay here again ? No thank you.
Very luxury 😍 the best rooms ,the best view, best location, best food😋, best room service 👍🏻its the best in every thing❤️
I really love the breakfast its amazing and desserts ..i wish i had time to try the spa i think it is Dior spa.
This a beautiful, classy hotel ! The lobby is beautiful ! Location is great for shopping . Love the high tech iPad . Only think I did like is that my room don’t have independent shower . Need to climb in to the tub for shower. The lobby hallway is alway busy n it hard to get to the other elevator. Please keep in mind this a very high traffic and busy hotel.