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Hotel George V, Paris

This definitive Parisian hotel wasn't actually awarded the title of 'Palace' by the French government recently –but we think it should have made the cut. Since it re-opened in 1999 under the guidance of legendary hotel manager DidierLe Calvezthe George V has been a magnet for international visitors to Paris. Walk into the lobby and one of the first things you notice is the extravagance of the flowers - displays here scream 'luxury' with a capital 'L', no wilting carnations here. These lavish displays of flowers everywhere are the work of floral designer Jeff Leatham. It is this attention to style that makes the George V stand out in a city where great hotels abound. Then there are the gloriously palatial rooms, extravagantly ornate chandeliers, the ballroom, the balconies and the brocade that make this hotel a truly sumptuous place to stay. Add to this the fact that you are a Christian Louboutin designer-shoe step away from the Champs-Elysees and you are in Parisian heaven. The Luxury Travel Bible likes the seventh floor Empire Suite an elegant silk and velvet homage to Napoleon and Josephine.

We also give a worthy mention to Hotel de Crillon.

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The views of the Eiffel tower lit-up at night from the private terraces of certain suites.
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