The Top 7 Palace Hotels in Paris – A Step Above

What's higher rated than 5-Star Hotels? In France, the answer is Distinction Palace, an official government rating for hotels that go beyond the already high 5-star standard. This relatively new and very coveted rating has been awarded to only a handful of hotels in Paris, in fact, in all of France

It seems likely that the reason why a number of Paris 5-star hotels are currently closed for renovation is that they were shocked not to have received a Palace rating when it was first announced. Over the past couple of years we've seen the Ritz, the Crillon and the Lutetia shut down for a complete makeover. Not to worry, though, we've selected a baker's-half-dozen of what we think are the absolutely best Palace hotels in Paris. Read our reviews and check out what we think.

The Mandarin Oriental Paris

The Mandarin Oriental

Mixing the tradition of luxury with state-of-the-art technology, the Mandarin Oriental is something new and unique among Paris luxury hotels.

Just step into the lobby and view the verdant courtyard through ceiling-to-floor windows and you'll know what we mean. Then take a peak into the rooms to be amazed by the modern aesthetics. Better yet, visit the rooftop dining terrace, surrounded by greenery and with absolutely stunning views of the sights and vistas of Paris.

Shangri-La Paris

Shangri-La Paris

This is the newest hotel on the Paris luxury scene and one the whole city was holding its breath to see.

It took three years and upteem-million Euros to renovate the Shangri-La Paris and turn it into a luxury classic. The rooms are apartment-size — every room has a terrace with views on the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine.

We say that any superlatives you might have heard about this hotel are all true.

The Royal Monceau Hotel

The Royal Monceau Hotel

If you're looking for a modern luxe hotel in Paris, with a hip and innovative design created in part by Philippe Starck, look no further than Le Royal Monceau-Raffles Paris (to give it its full name).

Of course the service is what you'd expect — the concierge, waiters, cleaners and valet go the extra kilometer to make your stay an unforgettable one. Oh, and if you happen to need some extra leisure activities, the hotel has a recording studio in case you want to cut an album while in Paris.

Four Season Hotel George V Paris

Four Season George V

Just steps off the Champs-Elysées and a stone's throw from the Louis Vuitton flagship store is this justly popular Paris Palace hotel.

Le Sank (as it is pronounced) is authentic luxury, For instance, even lunch at their restaurant, Le Cinq, combines gourmet food with a near-transcendent service.

In the rooms and suites a mix of modern amenities and antique touches make you feel at home. (Maybe better than home!) Traveling with children? They go out of their way to make your kids feel welcome with kid-size bathrobes and slippers, a children's menu and plenty of video and board games.

Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme

Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme

The Park Hyatt name always guarantees a unique luxury experience, but the Park Hyatt Paris Vendôme goes even farther.

There's a zen vibe to the combination of classic design and contemporary elegance. You'll find underfloor heating, a modernistic spa, as well as Japanese-inspired baths and other touches. You'll feel at home with the clean lines and classic comfort of the public spaces. The fab restaurants and the location can't be beat.

Le Meurice

Le Meurice

Stunning views can also be had from most of the luxurious rooms at Le Meurice, found on Rue de Rivoli facing the gardens of the Tuileries.

At this majestic Palace hotel, every room is a peaceful oasis of calm. The classically-decorated rooms feature marble bathrooms with both shower and bath. Each room is soundproofed and has air conditioning and multiple telephone lines. But what really makes Le Meurice special are the small details: their Honeymoon Package includes strewn rose petals, champagne and an in-room couples massage.

Plaza Athénée Paris

Plaza Athénée Paris

A truly Parisian luxury hotel, filled with elgance and charm. Located between Champs Elysées and the Eiffel Tower, the Plaza Athénée's gorgeous rooms, top-notch service, and fine décor make it one of the standards of luxury in Paris.

On top of all that, the Athénée's Michelin-starred restaurant is run by (and named after) Alain Ducasse, one of the greatest names in the history of French cuisine.

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