Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris
“Location, location, location! Always a top choice in the city of light – well-regarded for good reason. With its fashionable neighbors, cherry red awnings, sumptuous décor and highly attentive staff, the Plaza Athénée is quintessential of Parisian elegance. After long days of business meetings or sight-seeing, it is always such a joy to return to the luxury and comfort of the hotel.”
- Trusted Friend: Jeffrey Vanderveen, New York City
(Date experienced: May 2012)
Business or pleasure, a family stay or romantic stay.
A lover, a friend, solo or with the whole family – children welcome!
After an exhausting flight to Paris, arriving at the Plaza Athénée felt like arriving home. Before we even got to the lobby door, everybody knew our name and greeted us graciously. Check-in was seamless, and after a quick briefing and short tour of the amenities offered - we were escorted to our suite in no time, where there was a handwritten note, fresh fruit and cakes, and a bottle of wine waiting. To top it off, they offered to have somebody unpack our luggage while we munched on the goodies and settled in. It was quite the arrival!
Best time to go
Paris is always lovely, although for the best weather I recommend the fall and spring (I love June and September). If you have a low tolerance for crowds, avoid visiting in the summer when most of Europe is on holiday – it can also get quite hot.
True to Parisian tradition, the hotel’s atmosphere is rather formal and dressed up – you will feel underdressed in a pair of jeans, so be sure to pack appropriately.
Good to note
The hotel takes extra care to pay special attention to child guests as part of their Very Important Children program – from the turn down service with teddy bears, to the child-size robes and slippers, to the mini tables and chairs for room service.
The hotel’s 146 rooms and 45 suites are all spacious, comfortable and wonderfully luxurious. Think high ceilings, city views (some even include the Eiffel Tower), marble lined baths, ultra-soft linens, discrete plasma TVs, a pillow menu... The best part: guests can choose their own preference of room décor, Louis XVI/Regency style or Art Deco design. Personal choice really is the ultimate in luxury.
Service & vibe
Exceptional service carried out by a warm and dedicated staff. The room was ‘serviced’ three times per day - they discreetly entered the room only while we were away avoiding any possible disturbances – especially important if one has jetlag or work to do. The hotel’s vibe embodies French sophistication at its finest.
One of the most highly regarded chefs in the world, Alain Ducasse has created an unforgettable dining experience at Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athénée. Boasting three Michelin stars, the hotel’s restaurant is one of the best in Paris – a landmark destination of haute cuisine. You can’t go wrong eating at the hotel anytime, anywhere: breakfast in the dining room (including the ‘eggs du jour’ which were eggs poached with sea urchin served in the shell – a decadent breakfast!) or a meal at the famous Relais Plaza, an elegant lunch in La Cour Jardin or tea and dessert in La Galerie Des Gobelins. And Le Bar is ultra posh for pre-dinner cocktails or late-night drinks – good for celebrity sightings too, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Price per night
Starting at $990
To Do & See
Limitless ideas so here is a walking museum itinerary easily marked by sites in case you are bringing a first-timer (teenager or adult). Perfectly situated between the Champs-Élysées and Eiffel Tower, you’ll have so much of the city just waiting outside the lobby door: Walk the Champs- Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe, go to the Louvre, Musée D'Orsay or Musée de l'Orangerie, take in a concert at the Theatre des Champs-Élysées (right next door), stroll through the Jardin de Tuileries, visit the left bank, marvel at Notre Dame, get lost in Shakespeare & Co., take a train to the Palace of Versailles. If you’d like, the hotel can arrange a car and driver to take you around the city – for a minimum of three hours.
Sport & Activity
The hotel’s Fitness Center is fully equipped with all your workout needs, including personal trainer, Marc Carpentier, who is available for private sessions.
Spa & Grooming
Exquisite style, quiet tranquility and complete revitalization are all to be found in the Dior Institut Au Plaza Athenee. Chic and pristine, the Dior Institut focuses on beauty and rejuvenation to make you feel, as Christian Dior would put it, “prettier and happier.”
Endless options in this city that prides itself on its cuisine, some personal favorites include brasseries: Le Grand Colbert and L’Ami Louis. For a good bevy of options check: luxuryculture.com
Like food, there is no lack of shopping in this fashionable city: located on Avenue Montaigne, the hotel is in the heart of the designer district where you’ll find all your high-end shopping needs; luxuryculture.com is also a great source for boutiques and specialist shops.
Take out one of the hotel’s signature red bicycles for a ride along the Seine. Bring a bottle of wine, baguette and cheese for a mid-ride picnic by the river.