The Champs-Élysées in Paris is internationally renowned for its high-end, elegant boutiques and is often described as the world’s most beautiful avenue. As may be expected, the Champs-Élysées also boasts some of the most decadent places to stay in Paris. Culture Trip has picked the best hotels located near this charming boulevard.
As well as being home to some of the city’s best shops, the Champs-Élysées has long been the very heart of Paris, and many events take place on the boulevard, including Paris’s New Year’s Eve street party and the yearly Bastille Day fireworks over the Arc de Triomphe. Choose a hotel in the Champs-Élysées area to be right in the heart of the action.
The interior of Hôtel de Berri is daringly innovative – think sassy leopard-print chairs juxtaposed with classy marble columns – which is perhaps unsurprising, considering that it was once owned by the avant-garde fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. The stylish decor is enhanced by a private art collection dating back to the 1900s, and there are decorative stone busts at every turn. But it’s the hotel’s spa that is the ultimate highlight, with its two Carita treatment rooms and a pair of hammams, one of which is exclusively for women. Outside, a private park lined with century-old trees provides a vestige of calm. For the more active, the fitness centre is open 24 hours a day and is equipped with state-of-the-art weightlifting and Technogym machines.
As might be expected from the former home of Napoleon Bonaparte’s grandnephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, there’s sophistication in abundance at The Shangri-La Hotel. Listed on the French Monuments Historiques registry since 2009, this 19th-century architectural gem gained Parisian Palace status in 2014 (an accolade bestowed on only the very best Paris hotels). The public areas are decorated with Murano-glass chandeliers, elaborate winding staircases and mosaic floors, and the 100 rooms and suites available are no less splendid, with charming views across the River Seine. As for the cuisine, there’s a wide range of choice between the hotel’s three restaurants, including a one-Michelin-star Cantonese restaurant and L’Abeille, the hotel’s two-Michelin-star French gastronomic restaurant.
The Royal Monceau, Raffles, just a five-minute walk from the Arc de Triomphe, is a truly sophisticated Parisian hotel. Across its five lavish floors, each of which has been refurbished to perfection by world-renowned French designer Philippe Starck, are elements of glamorous 1950s-inspired decor. But despite the hotel’s grandeur, there’s also warmth and homeliness that come from the gentle pastel shades used throughout the design, and the huge windows that bathe the bedrooms and restaurants in natural daylight.
Part of the luxury Dorchester Group, the five-star Le Meurice is located between the Place de la Concorde, the Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries. The spectacular interior design, which draws inspiration from the Louis XVI era, is also the work of designer Philippe Starck. The hotel’s suites are truly decadent, with golden furnishings, draped curtains, plush seating and marble bathrooms. Tuck into Mediterranean and French classic cuisine in the hotel’s three-Michelin-star restaurant, where guests are seated beneath chandeliers and surrounded by marble columns, or seek out the elegant Dalí restaurant, which was named in the artist’s honour. And for relaxation, there is an on-site spa complete with world-class facilities.
The Prince de Galles hotel, a 10-minute walk from the Champs-Élysées, is another Art Deco Parisian hotel. Opened in 1929 at the height of the Roaring ’20s, this hotel was meticulously restored by Pierre-Yves Rochon, who incorporated sleek, streamlined designs and monochrome tones into the original design. There are 115 rooms and 44 classy suites on offer at The Prince de Galles, and the best suites command unrivalled views of the area’s top sites. The food is excellent too; hotel chef Stéphanie Le Quellec focuses on serving the best seasonal produce at on-site restaurant Les Heures.
Four Seasons Hotel George V is located in the Golden Triangle of Paris, the city’s high-end shopping district. The palatial building was originally constructed in 1928, and is a stunning example of Art Deco architecture and design. Many of the sumptuous suites, whose elegant interiors feature marble fireplaces, richly decorated fabrics and cornice ceilings, offer views of the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Palais. When it comes to dining, indulge in gastronomy from both the French Riviera and northern Italy in the hotel’s three restaurants, which boast no fewer than five Michelin stars between them.
The Peninsula Paris, located just 300 metres (984 feet) from the Arc de Triomphe, and within walking distance of many other iconic Paris monuments, is a truly spectacular hotel on the Champs-Élysées. Opened in 1908, the original establishment was legendary in the 1920s, when it was frequented by the rich and famous. Today, there are 200 stylish rooms on offer, including 86 sumptuous suites inspired by French haute couture, which is evident in the sleek furnishings and chic fabrics. The Rooftop Garden Suite is one of the most highly coveted rooms in the hotel, and offers beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower. The Spa Peninsula is perfectly poised for a relaxing stay, with two VIP double treatment suites, as well as a pool with two Jacuzzis, steam rooms and a sauna.