The Best Luxury Hotel Suite in Paris

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Figuring out which hotel in Paris has the best suite has become something of a challenge for today’s affluent traveler. Evaluating Paris’ top hotels today requires you to divide them into two groups and determine the best of each group.

For decades, the Paris hotel scene has been dominated by what the French call the “palace hotels”, or what others refer to as the grandes dames. There are six – The Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, Le Bristol, Le Crillon, Le Meurice, The Plaza Athénée, and The Ritz Paris.

During the last few years, four Asian hotel companies have challenged the dominance of the “palace hotels”. They are Mandarin Oriental, Peninsula, Raffles, and Shangri-La. When this invasion began, the “palace hotels” feigned indifference. Where do they stand today? Half of them – Le Crillon, The Plaza Athénée, and The Ritz Paris – are all closed for extensive renovations. What’s going on at The Ritz Paris looks more like reconstruction than renovation. All three have been scared into the 21st century, and are trying to modernize to compete with the Asian upstarts.

Pending the reopening of the three “palace hotels” which are now closed, the best suite among the remaining three grandes dames is The Penthouse at The Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris. This attractive addition to the top of the Four Seasons is not the largest suite among those at the three “palace hotels” – or even those at the Four Seasons (the Royal Suites are larger) – but its updated décor, large terrace, and view make it the winner.

Of the four properties managed by the Asian hoteliers, The Peninsula Paris is still under construction and not likely to open until the middle of 2014. The best suite among those in the remaining three is the Mandarin Oriental’s Penthouse Floor: J’aime Paris. The Penthouse Floor combines three two-story suites and includes two large rooftop terraces. The view from the terraces is not what you might hope – mostly it’s nearby rooftops – but the ability to be outdoors and eat privately outdoors when Paris’ fickle weather permits, combined with subtle décor and seemingly endless space, make the suite Paris’ best.

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