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Suite life: Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris

Hotel: Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris
Size: Suites from 45 square metres
Price: Suites from €1,090 (about A$1,384) per night
Website: plaza-athenee-paris.com
Review by: Gary Allen

ABOUT THE HOTEL

The Plaza Athénée, with its red awnings and window flower boxes spilling over with red geraniums, is a Paris landmark. The hotel is a grand belle époque masterpiece that has hosted everyone from Frank Sinatra to Princess Diana. It has been the centre of Parisian society for a century and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

 

UNIQUE FEATURES

Most of the rooms are in classic Louis XVI style, but the upper two floors are art deco if you’re looking for something different. Guests staying in December and January can take a turn on the tiny ice rink that opens in the central courtyard. There’s also the fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower. Whenever you walk out and look to the right, it’s there to remind you of where you are. At night it is even more spectacular as it is lit up with various lighting effects.

 

DINING

French master chef Alain Ducasse oversees all of the hotel’s six dining venues, including his three Michelin star restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée. Ducasse’s restaurant harmonises with the classic French theme of the hotel while simultaneously representing the modernisation of the country’s cookery- carrying over the traditional cuisines characteristics like precision and attention to knife cuts and detail, while adding modern day ingredient combinations for a more du jour dining experience.

 

SPA

This is no ordinary spa – it’s the flagship Dior Institut in Paris and one of only eight in the world. Descend below ground into a pink, white and grey cocoon with a huge tranquil pool in the centre and Dior runway shows playing on a plasma screen in the relaxation area. Try the signature facial which uses sapphire particles to refine skin tone.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

For the luxury shopper the location is hard to beat. Look out your window and you’ll see the flagship stores for Christian Dior, Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton and many more.

 

IF YOU’D LIKE TO UPGRADE

The four-bedroom, 450-square metre Royal Suite (one of the Plaza’s three signature suites) comes with every luxury you can think of, and some you never knew you needed – there’s a custom cosmetics mini bar kept at precisely 14 degrees Celsius so products can keep their efficacy. There’s even a celebrity connection – Liz Taylor and Richard Burton took up residence in this suite for six months in the 1970s. A snip at €25,000 (about A$31,737) per night.

 

INSIDER TIP

Ask for a room with views over the Avenue Montaigne – there’s nothing better than people watching over Paris’ most glamorous thoroughfare.

 

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