There is nothing to beat the elegance, style and chic of France’s best hotels. Nearly all of the top hotels boast Michelin-starred restaurants, decadent spas and rooms that you will never want to leave. If you are traveling to the sunny French Riviera you will find many coastal hideaways ready to pamper you on your trip.
1.The Grand Hotel, Cap Ferrat
© The Grand Hotel, Cap Ferrat
If you are looking for elegance and glamour for your Cote d’Azur vacation, the Grand Hotel at Cap Ferrat could be a winning contender. This famous hotel has welcomed Elizabeth Taylor and Winston Churchill as well as many other celebrities over the years and is waiting to pamper you with warm French hospitality. The rooms and suites are beautifully designed to offer peace and serenity; elegant fabrics in white and cream, beautiful linens and lots of natural light make each room a sanctuary. Guests can enjoy Michelin-quality cuisine, sip a drink on the terrace overlooking the gardens and enjoy the wonderful salt-water pool, private beach and luxurious spa.
The Grand Hotel, 71 Boulevard de General De Gaulle, 06230 Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat, Cote D’Azur, Phone: +33-4-93-76-50-50
2.The Peninsula Hotel, Paris
© The Peninsula Hotel, Paris
Perfectly positioned in the heart of the 16th arrondissement, mere steps from the Arc de Triomphe, the Peninsula is the epitome of a true Parisian hotel. The understated rooms and suites are perfect examples of French elegance and offer guests all the luxuries required by today’s discerning traveler. The beautiful Le Lobby restaurant features gilded ceilings and an enormous chandelier – here you can enjoy traditional French and International cuisine at its best. If oriental delights are what you crave you can have a refined feast at Lili Chinese Restaurant and the rooftop L’Oiseau Blanc serves up French food and views of the Eiffel Tower. The elegant Peninsula Spa and the Fitness Centre are there to help you work off the extra calories.
The Peninsula Hotel, 19 Avenue Kleber, 75116 Paris, Phone: +33-1-58-12-28-88
3.Hotel de Toiras
© Hotel de Toiras
Hotel de Toiras is an upscale hotel in the 17th century shipbuilder's house on the Île de Ré, overlooking the Saint-Martin-de-Ré harbor in France. Its sister property Villa Clarisse is just a short walk away. The rooms are elegant and individually decorated with period furniture. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, minibars, flat-screen TV with cable channels, a private bathroom, and garden or harbor views. Suites have separate sitting areas and some have fireplaces and marble bathrooms. Guests enjoy access to the gourmet restaurant La Table d’Olivia, which offers dining in the garden or on the terrace overlooking the harbor. There is also a lounge, a tearoom, a garden with outdoor seating, and access to the heated outdoor pool at Villa Clarisse.
1, quai Job Foran, 17410 Saint-Martin-de-Ré, France, Phone: +33 5 46 35 40 32
4.La Réserve Hotel and Spa, Paris
© La Réserve Hotel and Spa, Paris
Perfectly located within steps of the Champs Elysee, La Réserve Hotel and Spa is the perfect address for combining an exciting Parisian adventure with a relaxing spa vacation. Each of the elegant rooms and suites are the epitome of Parisian chic featuring rich silk, brocade and velvet fabrics, beautiful French antiques and Carrara marble bathrooms. Each room comes with a private butler who will do your packing and unpacking, run your bath or order your favorite meal from Room Service. You can dine at two restaurants including the Michelin-starred Le Gabriel and the wonderful Spa will ensure you leave rested and relaxed.
La Réserve Hotel and Spa, 42 Avenue Gabriel, 75008 Paris, Phone: +33-1-58-36-60-60
5.Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris
© Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris
Located on the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, home to many Parisian designer fashion houses, Hotel Plaza Athénée is one of the most elegant of the Dorchester Collection Hotels. Stepping into the hotel is a little like visiting someone’s stately home or palace – every detail of the décor has been carefully put together to create a unique ambiance. Your elegant room or suite features beautiful fabrics, linens and a crystal chandelier to complete the luxury. Famous chef Alain Ducasse heads up the three- Michelin-starred Plaza Athénée restaurant and there are several other restaurant choices for simpler fare. If you need yet more pampering you can head to the Dior Institute Spa for a total make-over.
Hotel Plaza Athénée, 25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, Phone: +33-1-53-67-66-65
6.Le Bristol Hotel, Paris
© Le Bristol Hotel, Paris
The Bristol Hotel has been welcoming visitors with unique Parisian charm since it first opened its doors in 1925. Families will be pleased to learn that the Bristol has always been family oriented and children are very welcome at this property which offers a Kids Club to entertain the children while parents relax. Each and every one of the rooms and suites exudes French elegance and no expense has been spared to provide guests with every luxury. There are no less than two Michelin-starred restaurants for you to choose from and the delightful French Garden offers the ideal place to relax after a busy day exploring the city. The La Prairie Spa and swimming pool on the top floor of the hotel completes the elegant picture.
Le Bristol, 112 Rue du Faubourg Saint Honore, 75008 Paris, Phone: +33-1-53-43-43-00
7.Chateau La Cheneviere
© Chateau La Cheneviere
Château La Chenevière is a refined chateau housed within the former 18th-century Port-en-Bessin mansion located in Normandy near the historic D-Day landing beaches and the quaint town of Bayeux. The resort, which was fully restored to its historic grandeur in 1988, is set on 30 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland and offers convenient access to top area attractions such as Golf d'Omaha Beach and the Musée Mémorial d'Omaha Beach. 29 elegantly-appointed guest rooms and suites recreate the splendor of Old World European manors, offering high-end guest services and modern amenities such as private patios, flat screen televisions, iPod docks, and designer toiletries. Guests can enjoy onsite amenities such as an outdoor pool, romantic garden, and tennis courts or dine at the hotel's seasonal restaurant The Botanist, helmed by executive chef Didier Robin.
Commes, 14520 PORT-EN-BESSIN, France, Phone: +33 2 31 51 25 25
8.Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
© Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
Once the home of Napoleon’s grandnephew, the Shangri-La hotel is an elegant and sophisticated home-from-home located in the heart of Paris. The hotel features a palatial marble foyer and each of the rooms and suites have been individually decorated to offer a haven of elegant tranquility in the heart of the city. Décor could be anything from luxury minimalist to opulent Empire in style but all are equally beautiful and inviting. As you would expect, the hotel boasts two Michelin-starred restaurants called L’Abeille (the bee) and the Shang Palace, which is the only Chinese restaurant to have been awarded a Michelin star.
Shangri-La Hotel, 10 Avenue d’Lena, 78116 Paris, Phone: +33-1-53-67-19-98
9.La Mirande, Avignon
© La Mirande, Avignon
La Mirande started off as a beautiful 18th century nobleman’s townhouse and has been lovingly restored to reflect the art and craftsmanship of a bygone era. Today La Mirande welcomes you to come and sample French hospitality in an unforgettable ambiance. Beautiful wall coverings and sumptuous drapes set the scene in each of the individually styled rooms and suites which offer the last word in comfort and style. You can feast on gourmet French Provencal cuisine in the beautiful restaurant which spills out onto a lavender-fragranced terrace and garden. If you would love to take a little bit of Provence home with you it is possible to sign up for Provencal cookery classes held in Le Marmiton, the cookery school.
La Mirande, 4 Place de L’Amirande, 84000 Avignon, Phone: +33-4-90-14-20-20
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10.Le Royal Monceau - Raffles, Paris
© Le Royal Monceau – Raffles, Paris
Le Royal Monceau forms part of the distinguished Raffles group of hotels and endeavors to offer visitors an exceptional experience in the heart of Paris. You will be ushered in by doormen in top hats and tail coats who perfectly set the scene at this elegant and chic hotel. The rooms and suites are modern and sophisticated, offering a serene atmosphere and all the little luxuries that will make your stay unforgettable. Dining is both gastronomic and trendy featuring a Michelin starred Italian restaurant as well as a fresh and inviting venue serving Nobu-style Japanese cuisine. A beautiful indoor swimming pool and spa complete your pampering experience at Le Royal Monceau.
Le Royal Monceau, 37 Avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris, Phone: +33-1-42-99-88-00
11.Le Meurice, Paris
© Le Meurice, Paris
Le Meurice is a distinguished hotel belonging to the Dorchester group, located in the heart of historic Paris. When you book a room or suite at the Le Meurice you can look forward to enjoying a luxurious retreat which has been carefully decorated in the sumptuous Louis XVI style, considered to be the epitome of French elegance. Legendary chef Alain Ducasse oversees the restaurants at Le Meurice so you can be assured of an unforgettable gastronomic experience regardless of which restaurant you choose. Children (and pets) are very welcome at this hotel and various family activities can be arranged to keep your family happy and entertained.
Le Meurice, 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, Phone: +33-10-44-58-10-10
12.Saint James, Paris
© Saint James, Paris
The Saint James is a classic Parisian treasure located just a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe and the Trocadero. The hotel occupies a 19th century neoclassic chateau which will delight lovers of French architecture. Inside the building the ambiance continues through the lobby and the remarkable grand staircase and each of the rooms and suites has been individually decorated in a distinctly French style complimented by all the necessary modern conveniences. You can dine in the stylish restaurant or enjoy inspired cocktails in the comfortable Library Bar. The hotel also has a gym and spa where you can enjoy a work-out or a relaxing massage.
Saint James, 5 Place Du Chancelier Adenauer, 75116 Paris, Phone: +33-1-44-05-81-81
13.The Mandarin Oriental, Paris
© The Mandarin Oriental, Paris
Modern and elegant, the Mandarin Oriental is perfectly located in the heart of Paris, close to the boutiques of Rue St-Honore and Place Vendôme. The décor in the rooms and suites is a fine example of modern Parisian chic and you may choose from various room configurations to suit your tastes and budget. Chef Thierry Marx presides over the hotel’s restaurants which include haute cusine at Le Mesure and modern French delicacies at the Camelia Restaurant. Bar 8 is the ideal meeting place for pre or post dinner drinks and the Cake Shop admirably lives up to its name, offering a delectable selection of sweet treats to enjoy at any time. A fitness center, swimming pool and spa complete this luxury offering.
Mandarin Oriental, 251 Rue Saint Honore, 75001 Paris, Phone: +33-1-70-98-78-88
14.Hotel du Cap -Eden Rock, Antibes
© Hotel du Cap -Eden Rock, Antibes
The Hotel Du Cap –Eden Rock has been welcoming guests to an idyllic sea-side retreat since 1870. The hotel grounds hug the shore of the azure Mediterranean, offering all guests an ideal vacation destination which offers a stretch of private beach, an area of parkland, an astounding infinity pool right on the rocks and a swimming pontoon. You can choose from four categories of guest room, all of which have been decorated with typical French flair and are spread across three separate areas of the estate. Additional facilities include a summer Kidz Camp, tennis courts, a spa and wellness center and two restaurants and bars where you can dine alfresco overlooking the ocean.
Hotel du Cap – Eden Rock, Blvd J.F. Kennedy, BP 29, 06601 Antibes, Phone: +33-4-93-61-39-01
15.Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, Paris
© Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, Paris
Located mere steps from Rue Saint Honoré, the Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre Museum, the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal overlooks the Palais Royal Garden, offering an elegant and sophisticate base from which to explore the City of Love. The rooms and suites have been designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon who has created the embodiment of modern French chic featuring luxury fabrics, a muted palette and a serene ambiance combined with all the modern necessities you require. You can enjoy an exciting dining experience at the Le Lulli Restaurant and bar, have a workout at the Fitness and Hammam center or enjoy a treatment at the Carita Spa.
Grand Hotel de Palais Royal, 4 Rue de Valois, 75001 Paris, Phone: +33-1-42-96-15-35
16.Le Clef, Louvre, Paris
At Le Clef Louvre you can embrace chic Parisian boutique living in the bustling heart of Paris. The hotel is located in the 1st Arrondissement, surrounded by some of the city’s most popular attractions including the Louvre, the Opera and the Comedy-Francaise Theatre. Each of the sumptuous suites has its own kitchenette – ideal if you are travelling with children or would like to prepare your own meals from time to time. The suites are comfortably furnished to offer visitors a home-from-home atmosphere without giving up the convenience of hotel service. The hotel also offers a buffet breakfast, a laundry service, gym and afternoon tea and pastries.
Le Clef Louvre, 8 Rue de Richelieu, 75001 Paris, Phone: +33-1-55-35-28-00
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17.Chateau des Alpilles, St Remy de Province
© Chateau des Alpilles, St Remy de Province
The beautiful Chateau des Alpilles is the perfect destination for any visitor wanting to experience a few days in a real French chateau (castle). The beautiful old building has been extensively restored while still retaining much of its period décor. Each of the spacious rooms has been individually decorated in keeping with the history of the castle and you can expect high ceilings, antique furniture and original fireplaces combined with fine fabrics and modern-day requisites like TV and luxury bathrooms. Families can request one of the larger suites situated in the Cypress farm. You can choose from two restaurants serving delicious French Provencal cuisine. Other on-site facilities include a heated outdoor pool, fitness room, massage service and tennis courts.
Chateau des Alpilles, 1392 Route du Rougadou, 13210 Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Phone: +33-4-90-92-03-33
18.Ch?teau de la Chevre d'Or
© Ch?teau de la Chevre d’Or
Located on a steep hillside which hugs the edge of the azure Mediterranean, Chateau de la Chevre d’Or (Castle of the Golden Goat) is a romantic luxury hotel on the famous French Riviera. The romantic gardens cascade down a succession of terraces which feature fountains, statuary, waterfalls and some of the most magnificent views on the Riviera. The hotel boasts three restaurants overlooking the ocean, one of which is the acclaimed Chevre d’Or which has been awarded two coveted Michelin stars. All the rooms and suites in the hotel are beautifully presented and offer the last word in comfort, featuring extravagant fabrics and furnishings alongside modern conveniences.
Chateau de la Chevre d’Or, Rue du Barri, 06360 Eze Village, Cote d’Azor, Phone: +14-92-10-66-66
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19.Prince de Galles, Paris
© Prince de Galles, Paris
Perfectly located on Avenue George V, the Prince de Galles hotel occupies an iconic 1929 Art Deco building right in the heart of fashionable Paris. Although the hotel retains many of the design elements which distinguished it in the Roaring Twenties, it has been beautifully modernized to offer every convenience including the Michelin-starred La Scéne Restaurant, the elegant Bar des Heures and The Patio for informal dining. You can work off some of the calories at the well-equipped Wellness Center or have a relaxing treatment at the Spa. You can choose from several room and suite categories to suit your tastes and budget.
Prince de Galles, 33 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, Phone: +33-1-53-23-77-77
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20.Park Hyatt, Paris - Vendome
© Park Hyatt, Paris – Vendome
Occupying a beautiful historic building which was once a Parisian palace, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome welcomes guests to come and experience the epitome of luxury Parisian hospitality. The rooms and suites are modern and exquisite – each has been furnished to offer the serenity and luxury of a contemporary Parisian home; expect luxury fabrics and linen and beautiful bathrooms with tubs, rain showers and very special toiletries. You will find that dining at the hotel is a very special experience – you can tantalize your taste buds at Michelin-starred Pur’ or enjoy less formal dining at La Terrasse in the hotel’s shaded courtyard. After a busy day of exploring the city of love, nothing beats a relaxing massage at the on-site Le Spa.
Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, 5 Rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris, Phone: +33-1-58-71-12-34
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21.Auberge de Jeu de Paume, Chantilly
© Auberge de Jeu de Paume, Chantilly
While visiting France why not treat yourself to the ultimate in French country wellness retreats at the beautiful Auberge de Jeu de Paume in Chantilly, just outside Paris. Here you will find a beautiful country castle (chateau) surrounded by exceptional formal gardens and the fascinating Great Stables which is home to the Living Horse Museum. Here you can settle into one of the classically decorated rooms and suites to enjoy a few days of pampering and relaxation. The auberge offers a variety of inclusive packages including gastronomic retreats, detox retreats or simply a country escape with fine dining and a relaxing spa.
Auberge de Jeu de Paume, 4 Rue du Connetable, 60500 Chantilly, Phone: +33-3-44-65-50-00
22.Cour des Loges, Lyon
© Cour des Loges, Lyon
When you check into the Cour des Loges hotel you will find yourself perfectly located in the heart of Lyon’s historic Old Town (a UNESCO World Heritage Center), within walking distance of many of the city’s most popular attractions. The hotel is located in a historic old building which perfectly sets the scene for your visit. Step inside your room or suite to find delightful and unmistaken French luxury interiors combined with all the modern conveniences you need for a comfortable stay. The hotel offers three separate restaurants to suit all tastes, including La Petite Loge where you can enjoy cookery lessons or a Chef’s Table dining experience. The hotel also has a luxury spa where you can relax and unwind after a busy day of exploring.
Cour des Loges, 6 Rue du Boeuf, 69005 Lyon, Phone: +33-4-72-77-44-44
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23.Pavillon de la Reine, Paris
© Pavillon de la Reine, Paris
You will find the Pavillon de la Reine nestled in the heart of Paris’ aristocratic Le Marais neighborhood, surrounded by wonderful old buildings, galleries and ivy-clad pavement cafes. The hotel is housed in a romantic 17th century building which dates back to 1612, which has been lovingly furnished and decorated to provide the perfect mix of contemporary luxury and fine French antiques. Each of the 56 individually decorated rooms and suites offer a serene atmosphere and elegant luxury details. You can dine at the lovely Bar and Terrace, set in a discreet private courtyard, or try their new Restaurant Anne. If you need some relaxation you can head to the Codage Spa to try one of their signature treatments.
Pavillon de la Reine, 28 Place de la Vosges, 75003 Paris, Phone: +33-1-40-29-19-19
24.Terre Blanche Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Provence
© Terre Blanche Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Provence
Located on an enormous 300 hectare estate surrounded by protected indigenous vegetation, the Terre Blanche resort is one of Provence’s hidden gems, boasting a five-star hotel, prestigious golf course, swimming pools, several restaurants and a spa and wellness center. The rooms and suites are modern, comfortable and beautifully appointed; all the rooms boast private view terraces and there are three stand-along villas with private gardens and pools. At mealtimes you can choose from no less than five dining options including a brasserie, the golf club-house and the fine-dining Faventia Restaurant. There are three pools including an indoor pool at the spa and the golf course promises a challenging round and the opportunity to sign up for lessons.
Terre Blanche Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, 3100 Road of Bagnols-en-Foret, 83440 Tourrettes, Provence, Phone: +33-4-94-39-90-00
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25.Maison Souquet, Paris
© Maison Souquet, Paris
Located in the heart of Montmartre, Maison Souquet was once a brothel during the height of the Belle Époque era. Today you will find the hotel hidden behind an unremarkable façade, the only hint of its former notorious life the two red lanterns at the doorway. This opulent and extravagant house of ill repute has been painstakingly restored by master-designer Marc Garcia, ensuring that it retains all its glamour, romance and mystery. There are 20 boutique-style rooms each of which is hopelessly romantic, making this the perfect bolt-hole for a romantic weekend in Paris or a special anniversary. The hotel bar serves delicious cocktails and light meals and couples can book the spa and Hammam for private use.
Maison Souquet, 10 Rue de Bruxelles, 75009 Paris, Phone: +33-1-48-78-55-55
25 Best France Hotels
- The Grand Hotel, Cap Ferrat, Photo: The Grand Hotel, Cap Ferrat
- The Peninsula Hotel, Paris, Photo: The Peninsula Hotel, Paris
- Hotel de Toiras, Photo: Hotel de Toiras
- La Réserve Hotel and Spa, Paris, Photo: La Réserve Hotel and Spa, Paris
- Hotel Plaza Athenee, Paris, Photo: Hotel Plaza Athénée, Paris
- Le Bristol Hotel, Paris, Photo: Le Bristol Hotel, Paris
- Chateau La Cheneviere, Photo: Chateau La Cheneviere
- Shangri-La Hotel, Paris, Photo: Shangri-La Hotel, Paris
- La Mirande, Avignon, Photo: La Mirande, Avignon
- Le Royal Monceau - Raffles, Paris, Photo: Le Royal Monceau – Raffles, Paris
- Le Meurice, Paris, Photo: Le Meurice, Paris
- Saint James, Paris, Photo: Saint James, Paris
- The Mandarin Oriental, Paris, Photo: The Mandarin Oriental, Paris
- Hotel du Cap -Eden Rock, Antibes, Photo: Hotel du Cap -Eden Rock, Antibes
- Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, Paris, Photo: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, Paris
- Le Clef, Louvre, Paris, Photo: fovivafoto/stock.adobe.com
- Chateau des Alpilles, St Remy de Province, Photo: Chateau des Alpilles, St Remy de Province
- Ch?teau de la Chevre d'Or, Photo: Ch?teau de la Chevre d’Or
- Prince de Galles, Paris, Photo: Prince de Galles, Paris
- Park Hyatt, Paris - Vendome, Photo: Park Hyatt, Paris – Vendome
- Auberge de Jeu de Paume, Chantilly, Photo: Auberge de Jeu de Paume, Chantilly
- Cour des Loges, Lyon, Photo: Cour des Loges, Lyon
- Pavillon de la Reine, Paris, Photo: Pavillon de la Reine, Paris
- Terre Blanche Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Provence, Photo: Terre Blanche Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Provence
- Maison Souquet, Paris, Photo: Maison Souquet, Paris
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The Ritz, Paris
You can walk in the footsteps of countless famous celebrities when you book a room or suite at Paris’ famous Ritz Hotel. Each of the sumptuous rooms, suites and apartments have been named after famous guests like Coco Chanel and Marcel Proust and each of them provides the perfect home-from-home for discerning guests. No expense has been spared in providing the ultimate luxury cocoon where guests can relax, unwind and enjoy the best hospitality that Paris has to offer. When it comes to dining, only the best will do – enjoy French culinary delights at L’Espadon or a light meal and drink at Bar Vendome Brasserie. The legendary Ritz Club and swimming pool are the last word in elegance offering a full-service spa and pampering treatments.
The Ritz, 15 Place Vendome, 75001 Paris, Phone: +33-1-43-16-30-30
Four Seasons George V, Paris
Offering spectacular views of the Eifel Tower, the Four Seasons George V is an art-deco masterpiece which was built in 1924. The hotel is perfectly located just off the Champs Elysee and offers each access to all the Paris sights. The rooms are beautifully decorated in muted pastels and feature tasteful French antiques alongside luxury fabrics and beautiful art. You will be completely spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a restaurant for dinner – the three hotel restaurants have amassed a remarkable five Michelin starts between them and offer some of the finest cuisine on offer in the city. Other highlights of the property include the superb spa and indoor swimming pool.
Four Seasons George V, 31 Avenue George V, 75008 Paris, Phone: +33-1-49-52-71-00