the whole of Paris is a vast university of Art, Literature and Music…it is worth anyone’s while to dally here for years. Paris is a seminar, a post-graduate course in Everything.

Humorist and former editor of The New Yorker James Thurber, in a letter to a friend (1918).

Dreaming of a trip to the city of lights and love?

Here is our wishlist of Paris hotels offering decadent and decidedly French experiences.

1. Hotel Plaza Athenee

Plaza Athenee Paris Hotel

This hotel drips with luxury on one of Paris’ most fashionable streets, close to the Champs Elysees. Expect opulent interiors, a Dior spa and an Alain Ducasse Michelin-starred restaurant.

2. Hotel Le Bristol

Hotel Le Bristol Paris hotel

At Le Bristol Paris, they believe luxury is about the new, the rare and the wonderful created with true craftsmanship. Today Le Bristol Paris is a leading bastion of gastronomy, holding no less than four Michelin stars. Their 190 light spacious rooms and suites are restored in authentic 18th-century style with every conceivable modern comfort.

3. Hôtel Ritz Paris

ritz paris hotel

The Ritz Paris is reborn and invites you to experience anew the City of Light. Now freshly restored, its grand décor and intimate salons welcome guests to rediscover a unique atmosphere and the inimitable French art de vivre.

4. Le Meurice

le meurice alain ducasse

A 19th-century palace-turned-hotel with contemporary touches, this elegant option with views over the Tuileries gardens lies with a 10-minute walk of the Louvre and the Champs-Elysées.

5. Shangri-La Hotel, Paris

Shangri La Hotel Paris

Set amid the historic sights of the 6th arrondissement in Paris, this upscale hotel in a former home of the Bonaparte family is a 2-minute walk from the Iéna metro station and a 4-minute walk from the Palais de Tokyo art museum.