Hôtel Plaza Athénée
25 avenue Montaigne, Paris, France, 75008
- Recommended for:
- Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Celebrity spotting, People watching, Relaxation, Shopping, Special occasions
Best for Luxury - Expert review of Hôtel Plaza Athénée
If you're going to splurge on one of Paris's elite clique of palace hotels, then the Plaza is probably the ultimate place to do it: gloriously pompous and eternally fashionable, with a sometimes incongruous mix of Neo-Rococo splendour, high-tech facilities and every imaginable service, right down to an ice rink at Christmas. The scarlet blinds and geraniums are all part of the vibrant image and if celeb spotting is your thing, then plenty turn up here.
Plum among the couture houses on fashion's grandest avenue, but also handy for the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and exhibitions and art fairs at the Grand Palais.
Most of the 146 rooms and 45 suites are firmly Louis XVI and Régence in style (for those who like clutter, crystal and ormulu), except for two floors which are art deco. And in these days when many travellers never even unpack, the Plaza still provides vast dressing rooms for those who take their shopping seriously.
The garden courtyard with its creeper-covered facades, geraniums and red awnings is the place to dine in summer and ice skate in winter.
The Alain Ducasse gourmet restaurant is a destination in itself, but the hotel also contains the Relais Plaza brasserie (also overseen by Ducasse), a politicians' favourite, with al fresco eating in the garden court in summer, and the trendy Bar du Plaza, with illuminated glass bar, electronic menus and fabulous cocktails, strategically priced to keep the hoi polloi away. The more trad Galerie des Gobelins is the place for Afternoon Tea.
There's a Dior Institut spa in the basement and a gym with in-house trainer.
500 employees should be able to meet every whim; there's even a dog-walking service.
Business magnates, rock bands and the international jet set – Brazilian millionnaires particularly appreciate the vast wardrobes.
Breakfast costs a hefty additional 38 euros for continental breakfast, 50 or 69 euros with eggs on top.
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- 25 avenue Montaigne, Paris, France, 75008
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service