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Paris & Ile-de-France
Alpes - French Alps
Bourgogne - Burgundy
Bretagne - Brittany
Centre - Val de Loire
Champagne - Ardenne
Côte d'Azur - French Riviera
Lyon & Rhône
Normandie - Normandy
Pays de la Loire | Loire Valley
Picardy & The North
Poitou - Charentes
La Folie Douce Hotels Chamonix | French Alps
Known for rollicking mountain bars, La Folie Douce has taken over the 1904 Hotel Savoy—Chamonix’s sole ski-in/ski-out stay—as its debut hotel. The property’s recent past as a Club Med means you’ll find extensive offerings: 250 rooms both private and dorm-style, five restaurants, a kid’s club, pool, and, of course, hot après action.
Le Grand Contrôle | Versailles
The 17th-century building is set inside the gates of the Palace of Versailles. Classical music lilts throughout imposing salons lined with portraits of well-coiffed luminaries, some of them former guests. Each chair, mirror, and velvet chaise, all dated to 1788 - the last time the property's furniture was inventoried - and tracked down at auction, looks like it belongs. There are just 14 rooms, a restaurant by Alain Ducasse, but most unique guest have access to the palace and grounds after hours
Hôtel Barrière Le Royal Deauville | France
Year opened: 1913. The Belle Époque style of the hotel is a picture of opulence. Dark tones, needlepoint sofas and armchairs, leather stalls and thick round rugs are all lighted by a multitude of chandeliers. In the constantly crowded salons of the hotel and at the noisy bar, the Normandy's style is a bit stuffy and tacky-ish. On the contrary the courtyard stands as a remote and relaxing place to sit and enjoy some quietness.
La Réserve de Beaulieu, Hôtel & Spa | Beaulieu-sur-Mer, French Riviera
In 1880, Pierre Lottier opened an upscale seafood restaurant on the Côte d’Azur, calling it La Réserve after the tank that stocked the local fishermen’s catch. In 1905, he added ten luxurious guest rooms and a South of France icon was born. Today the property, with its pink-and-white façade, exudes style and history from the moment guests arrive in the marble–clad lobby.
Hôtel Barrière Le Majestic Cannes | French Riviera
Year opened: 1926. This Art Deco palace pays tribute to the Roaring Twenties but its cinematic glamour channels Cannes not Vegas. The Majestic delivers on more fronts than its rivals: regularly revamped, the hotel combines heritage with a cinematic spirit but moves with the times. The lobby and corridors are lined with 2,500 black-and-white portraits of film legends, many of whom have stayed here. Yet the beachside setting spells family fun as well as cocktails under the stars.
Hotel Belles Rives | Juan-les-Pins, French Riviera
The tale of this Cap d'Antibes hotel is steeped in champagne and literature. F Scott Fitzgerald started his masterpiece, Tender is the Night, while partying here in the 1920s. It was turned into a hotel in 1929. Run by the Estène family since then, the Belles Rives feels more like a private home than a hotel. From macaroons over teatime Jazz to water-skiing from the private pontoon, this celebrated Art Deco hotel evokes the Riviera's Golden Age.
Hotel du Cap - Eden Roc | Antibes, French Riviera
This languorous movie-star retreat is the Riviera’s most mythical mansion, redolent of The Great Gatsby era. Perched on the tip of a rocky promontory, these pine groves shelter illustrious secrets. Come for the romance, retro mood and restfulness.
Hôtel Royal | Évian-les-Bains, France
Looming large like a palatial ocean liner above Lake Geneva, the Royal is a decadent oasis of luxury and wellbeing. This was one of Europe’s most opulent hotels when it was built by French architect Jean-Albert Hébrard in 1909, and the gargantuan palace with dazzling cream façade and a sea of chocolate-brown balconies has lost none of its charm or historical nous. In 2015 the hotel reopened after a head-to-toe revamp by French designer François Champsaur.
Grand Hotel Soleil d'Or | Megève, French Alps
There’s a golden touch to Grand Hôtel Soleil d’Or, a ski stay in the French resort of Megève. The belle époque building is the oldest in town (1901), with classic Alpine cosiness to match. After days out on the slopes or trails, retreat to the roaring fire for hot chocolate made by the in-house chocolatier, or slow-cooked stews and stand-out soufflés under the sparkly chandelier.
Grand Hotel Beauvau | Marseille
One of the oldest hotels in Marseille (opened 1816), the venerable Beauvau has history and atmosphere to burn. Feeling its age but recently revamped for its 200th birthday, it radiates comfortable, shabby-chic romance and sits right at the heart of the action on the Old Port.
Okko Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette
Design by Patrick Norguet. Set in a former Prefecture Building on the borders of the river Rhône, Okko Hotels Lyon Pont Lafayette offers striking modern interiors, an ironing room, a fitness centre and Okko Hotel's signature Club Lounge for breakfast, appetizers, drinks and unlimited soft drinks. Rooms come with air conditioning, a coffee machine, an iPod docking station, a satellite flat-screen TV and a bathroom with complimentary toiletries. Some rooms overlook the river.
Le Clair de la Plume | Grignan, France
The village of Grignan, at the foot of a medieval castle, surrounded by fields of lavender, is emblematic of what makes the south of France special. And while Le Clair de la Plume doesn’t quite encompass the whole of the village, it feels like it does — with rooms and suites in several different buildings. It’s a remarkably immersive experience.
Fontevraud L'Hôtel | Fontevraud-L'Abbaye, France
Amid the winelands of Anjou and Saumur is the 12th-century monastery of Fontevraud. Parisian design duo Jouin Manku worked on the cutting edge modern interiors of the hotel that re-opened in one of the monastery's buildings. Guestrooms have a reduced colour palette of beige with mustard-yellow accents and similarly rigorous materials: blackened steel, wood, wool and linen. The gourmet restaurant of the hotel is headed by Thibaut Ruggeri, Boucuse d'Or 2013 winner.
Château de la Barre | Conflans-sur-Anille, France
Less than two hours from Paris, between Chartres and Tours, at the entrance to the Loire Valley is Château de la Barre, a magnificent chambres d’hôtes with luxurious suite guest rooms and suites, sumptuous reception rooms and fine antiques throughout. It is surrounded by a private, 100 acres park with 16th century dry moat fortifications, its’ own chapel, flower gardens, fountains, and pond. It was recently reviewed by the Sunday Times as “France’s best chateau -chambres d’hôtes- by a stretch”,
Loire Valley Lodges | Esvres-sur-Indre, France
The 18 treehouses are hidden in a forest i the heart of the Loire Country, a two hour drive from Paris. The owner-art trader was inspired by her travels to Australia and Japan, were architects brought the outside in. Trees grow through balconies and floor to ceiling windows offer mesmerizing views of the forest. The houses are accessed by steep stairs (they remain tree houses), but inside one lay's its head on feather cushions, just like in the region's many chateaux - only in a contemporary way
Hôtel Plaza Athénée | Paris 8e
The visually dazzling red awnings and geraniums of the façade are made for Instagram, but they are said to have their origins in an ostentatious romance between Marlene Dietrich and French screen legend Jean Gabin, played out at this hotel. Inside, grand décor blends touches of 17th-century Versaille style and Art Deco elements, with a modern finish. In the lobby, polished white marble floors and chandeliers are embellished with contemporary flower arrangements.
Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris | 8e
The luxury Art Deco hotel was unveiled in 1928. Opulent period interiors are bourgeois to the hilt, with spectacular art works, crystal chandeliers, 17th-century Flanders tapestries and wildly extravagant flower displays by artistic director extraordinaire Jeff Leatham (the highly stylized, floral theme changes every season, with a team of nine florists expertly arranging 15,000 freshly cut Dutch blooms a month).
Hôtel du Louvre | Paris 1e
First opened in 1855 for the Exposition Universelle, the Hôtel du Louvre emerged from a multi-year renovation as part of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection. In line with the portfolio's emphasis on originality, it bears almost no Hyatt touches. Instead, behind the historic façade its lobby and rooms have been thoroughly modernised. There are a couple of standout features – notably the marvellous neoclassical glass roof in the bar, L’Officine du Louvre, which was once hidden behind a false ceiling.
In 1898, Swiss hotelier César Ritz partnered with French chef Auguste Escoffier to open what soon became known as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world, thanks to such then-innovative touches as private bathrooms, telephones, and electricity in each room. Over the decades, The Ritz became a favorite of everyone from kings and queens to Ernest Hemingway and Coco Chanel (the designer lived here for 34 years, and even has a suite named after her).
Prince de Galles | Paris 8e
The hotel opened in 1929 as a showcase of Art Deco, its smart streamlined interiors ditching the flouncy frills of Art Nouveau to create one of Paris' most modern hotels. Polished and glam, its fully renovated interiors drip with Saint Laurent black marble, fabrics by Pierre Frey and Zimmer + Rohde, breathtaking chandeliers and wall sconces custom-made from 1929 drawings by Maison Delisle.
Hôtel de Crillon | Paris 8e
This historic building dates originally from the 18th century, but only some of the grandest rooms at the front of the hotel survive from this period. The renovation has transformed the rest of the hotel with extraordinary attention to detail. The old black and white marble of the entrance foyer has been replaced with polished stone, which has also been used to line the walls, carved into decorative pilasters and arches.
Le Grand Hôtel Cabourg | France
Dating from 1861, the Grand Hôtel was rebuilt in a Belle Epoque style in 1907 after completely burning down. Entering is like diving into a bygone era. The sumptuous hall with high ceilings and an impressive chandelier has inviting Epoque armchairs and sofas on which to read, relax and have a drink. One can also choose the hotel’s elegant bar, or the terrace on the beach.
Waldorf Astoria Versailles - Trianon Palace
Hotel décor is elegant and traditional, blending elements Art Deco with contemporary furnishings and Ancien Regime-style grandeur (chandeliers, gold leaf), notably in Salon Clemenceau, where the Treaty of Versailles was prepared before being signed in the Hall of Mirrors of the palace in 1919. The entrance gallery offers an impressive perspective of polished white marble, floor-to-ceiling windows and grand columns. The overall feel is smart without being overly fussy.
Le Meurice | Paris 1e
Le Meurice, located on the doorstep of the Tuileries Gardens, has been welcoming distinguished guests for almost 200 years, and today its Versailles-style grandeur still attracts the glitterati. The exquisite food offering is elaborate yet hearty, and rooms are simultaneously grand and homely.