Michelin stars and celebrity sightings (bon appetit, Dustin Hoffman) in three swank bars and restaurants
Best of the west location between the Arc de Triomphe and Parc Monceau
The sexy, subterranean Clarins Spa and swimming pool
Highly specialized staff services, from swimming lessons with a personal trainer to a Montparnasse gallery crawl with the art concierge
What To Know
Breakfast is worth the splurge: Pâtissier Pierre Herme's croissants were named the best in Paris by Le Figaro
Built in 1928, the 129-key hotel was gut-renovated by Philippe Starck in 2010
Interiors purr “I love rock and roll,” but the 8th arrondissement surroundings are more sedate
Parking on site
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Art Deco Parisian palace swings into the 21st century with eye-popping Philippe Starck design and Michelin-starred cuisine
Cutting-edge couture – with a wink. Sultry red lanterns bring un peu d’insouciance to the Art Deco entrance. Starck scoured Parisian flea markets for the fetchingly mismatched vintage glassware stacked behind the buzzy Bar Long. After deciding on a cocktail, ask for it to be served in the Belle Epoque goblet or mid-century highball of your choosing. Cascading vintage chandeliers, exposed brick and industrial-chic sculptures accompany elegant spiral staircases leading to guestrooms, banquet halls and a high-tech private film screening room.
Bed and Bath
The 149 guestrooms and suites have buttery leather armchairs, stacks of art books, sensible executive desks and semi-sensible free guitars propped against creamy walls. The custom, all-white goose down bedding is crème-caramel-soft. Oversized, opulently mirrored bathrooms have walk-in showers or claw-footed tubs, plus Clarins products for grown-ups and Eau de Toilette by Bonpoint pour les enfants. Seven types of suites include some named for illustrious previous hotel guests (check out epic Eiffel Tower views from the Ray Charles Suite) and have Toto toilets, an optional Butler and laundry services.
The glamorously lit La Cuisine restaurant has a buzzy weekend brunch with carbs aplenty by patissier-in-residence Pierre Herme, and the Michelin-starred Il Carpaccio restaurant has Sicilian baroque interiors and a regional Italian menu. The seasonal Terrace Garden has a Lewis Carroll-worthy teacup installation by Portuguese sculptor Joana Vasconcelos, and will launch Veuve Clicquot Champagne picnics and a Pierre Herme ice cream stand this summer. The 16,000-square-foot Clarins Spa is the largest in Paris. It has a hammam, sauna, ice fountain, seven treatment rooms and a 75-foot indoor swimming pool. Smoke gets in your eyes in La Fumee Rouge, the cigar bar, and the chic concept store, Le Royal Eclaireur, stocks Lanvin blouses, Moncler timepieces and vintage objets d’art.
In the Area
First timers should hop, skip or jump over to the nearby Golden Triangle and Champs Elysees for solid sightseeing. Once you’ve dodged the selfie stick salesmen and ‘grammed a few Arc de Triomphe shots, stop for a charcuterie board or beef tartare at MiniPalais, which serves an all-day bistro menu from noon to midnight. Stroll along Avenue Velasquez to Musee Cernuschi, a museum of Asian art that spans 18th century Japanese sculpture and Chinese ceramics from the Tang Dynasty; or head to Musee Jacquemart-Andre, a private collection of primarily French and Italian fine art in an 1875 mansion on Boulevard Haussmann.