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I do love the Ritz-Carlton, but I'll be re-visiting there next month, so stay tuned for a recent update.
Otherwise, Hôtel Le Saint-James is equally opulent. Not far from the Quartier International, this corner landmark cuts a regal silhouette from every angle. Owner Lucien Remillard poured his heart and soul into the three-year overhaul, which debuted in 2002, including a humblebrag self-portrait above the library’s fireplace.
The décor in the 45 suites and 15 rooms spares no expense in art, Italian marble and antiques, including brass elevator doors from the original Waldorf Astoria in NYC. With the regular VIP traffic, there is more than one Specialty Suite; the splurge being the Penthouse frequented by rock star royalty and diplomats who dig the grand piano, terrasse, over-the-top jade marble bathroom and full kitchen, with separate entrance for staff – or paparazzi-shy celebs.
On the first floor, XO Le Restaurant is another indulgence for dinner or just drinks. And Le Spa, housed in a former basement bank vault, is so swank you can almost smell the money.