Le Royal Monceau, Hotel Luxury à la Philippe Starck

When the Royal Monceau reopened its doors to the press in October 2010 following a two-year make-over, all eyes were on the interior decoration...

Great Paris Hotels in Small Packages: Le San Régis

With three of Paris's heavyweight luxury hotels sidelined for renovation, five-star 'boutique' inns are raking in a new clientele. Corinne LaBalme visits the venerable Hôtel San Régis, which completed its oh-so-chic makeover just in time to welcome refugees from the Ritz, Crillon and Plaza Athénée.

The Luxury Drug: High Tea at the George V with JP

In which the author takes high tea at the Four Seasons George V, one of the "palace" hotels in Paris, with senior marketing director Jean-Pierre Soutric.
Lobby of the Hotel Regina. The revolving door is in the far right. Photo David Grimbert.

Hotel Regina: Wine & Friends & Classic Paris Luxury

Refurbished in 2015 and a wine bar added in 2016, the 5-star Hotel Regina, across the street from the Louvre, has regained its place among the luxury hotels of Paris’s 1st arrondissement. Gary Lee Kraut nods to Joan of Arc then pushes through the revolving door for a visit and a glass of wine.

Sex and the Luxury Hotel

Most men manage to control the urge to sequester a chambermaid or baggage boy, but it’s only natural for a man to stumble upon a hot hotel employee fantasy when traveling alone.

A Review of the 5-Star Shangri-La Hotel in Paris

Considerations on the location, the decor and the Eiffel Tower views of the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris, a 5-star hotel in the 16th arrondissement, including tea in the lounge, a drink at the bar and dinner in one of its three restaurants.

Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere in Paris: A Drink at the Bar Le Lucien

At the bar of the 5-star Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere, just off the Champs-Elysees, I met Stephane Ginouves, winner of the first Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) competition for bartenders, and got his recipe for mixing with Singles.

5 Days in Auvergne, Part IV: Château La Canière, a Luxury Hotel

Leaving Chatel-Guyon in the late afternoon I felt the call of the hill rather than the plain, in part because I’ve never associated Auvergne with the plain, in part because hills are more exotic to me than flatlands. But I also felt the call of a 5-star hotel, and Château La Canière, the only luxury hotel within many miles, stood out in the plain.

Centennial Celebrations on Avenue Montaigne: Théâtre des Champs-Elysées & Hôtel Plaza Athénée Turn 100

It’s centennial season on Avenue Montaigne as two of the anchors of Paris’s most couture-conscious street celebrate their 1913 origins and moments in their illustrious histories: the ever-chic Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the ever-fashionable Hôtel Plaza Athénée. See how to join in the celebration.

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