Four of The Luxury Travel Bible's favourite Parisian hotels - Hotel Le Bristol, Le Meurice, the Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome and the Plaza Atheneehave been named in a select list of just eight official palace hotels in France by the French Government.The moniker of 'palace hotel' is one that many Paris hotels adopted over the years as a self-appointed and unofficial title but last year the government of France decided to make it an official category and laid out specific criteria for five-star properties who wanted the title of 'palace', and called it the "tourism version of the Pulitzer Prize". Outside of Paris the distinction was also given to the Palais in Biarritz, the Airelles and Cheval Blanc in Courchevel and the Grand Hotel Cap Ferrat. The Luxury Travel Bibleis always fond of a palace and these are definitely worthy of one of our Top Ten listings. Only eight hotels were chosen but we think a couple more should have been in the running, so weve added Hotel George V and Ritz Paris to the mix too.
Hotel du Palais is a hotel with a glittering history. The town of Biarritz first became known to high society when Napoleon III's wife, Empress Eugenie built the palace which would go on to become Hotel du Palais in 1983.
The Plaza Athénée is famous for its geranium-red awnings and ivy covered courtyard, its bright flashes of red stand out amongst the chestnut trees and designer shops of the oh-so elegant avenue Montaigne.