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Deciding where to stay in Paris can become a stressful endeavor in a city with gorgeous boutique properties and looming luxury hotels at nearly every corner. From classic Parisian mainstays to new kids on the block, Paris is teeming with great looking hotels. (Two of the city’s best properties — Hôtel de Crillon and Ritz Paris — closed their doors in 2012 and 2013 for two years to undergo renovations.) Here is Forbes Travel Guide’s take on the best places to stay in Paris:
1. Hôtel Le Bristol Paris. Its rich history makes Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Le Bristol one of the most intriguing hotels in Paris. As a recipient of the prestigious palace designation from the French tourism board, this hotel sits on the fashion boutique-lined Rue Saint-Honoré. Le Bristol is classically elegant right down to its key fobs — you won’t find any trendy hotel keys here as Le Bristol enlists old-fashioned keys with heavy-duty key chains to open guest room doors.
2. Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris. Transformed into a Four Seasons property in 1999, this is one of the most glamorous properties in Paris. Located on the Champs-Élysées, the Five-Star hotel recently added a penthouse with six terraces for stunning views of the city. Parisian touches like fresh flowers in the lobby and a Marie Antoinette-inspired spa, make the Canadian hotel brand feel utterly French.
3. Hôtel Le Meurice. Overlooking the Louvre’s Tuilieries Garden, Five-Star Hôtel Le Meurice is centrally located with easy access to all the first arrondissement has to offer. Its chic, yet classic décor is exemplified in the decadently appointed guest rooms. The elegance of the Louis XVI furnishings is accented by modern technology and amenities.
4. Mandarin Oriental, Paris. A newcomer on the Paris hotel scene, Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Paris lines Rue de Faubourg Saint-Honoré and has a Thierry Marx restaurant and signature spa. The hotel is dressed in understated elegance, and the rooms are outfitted in the international hotel group’s signature Asian flair.
5. Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris. It reopened after an extensive renovation in October 2010 and is considered one of the most luxurious in Paris. The sophisticated Five-Star hotel located in the eighth arrondissement near the Arc de Triomphe features sleek interiors designed by Philippe Starck.
6. Shangri-La Hotel, Paris. Taking up residence in the former home of Napoleon Bonaparte's grand-nephew, Prince Roland Bonaparte, this swanky Five-Star hotel is all the rage in the City of Light these days. Sitting in the 16th arrondissement and just across the river from the Eiffel Tower, Shangri-La Hotel, Paris is the place to be with its 81 luxe rooms (including 27 magnificently appointed suites) and three restaurants (ranging from casual French fare to authentic Chinese cuisine).
7. Hotel Plaza Athénée Paris. This fashionable Five-Star hotel debuted in 1913 and for the past century, its 154 rooms have served as a haven within the City of Light for movie stars, singers and luxury travelers. Accommodations draw inspiration from 18th-century Parisian salons, with warm toned silks, marble, antique tables and mirrors.
8. La Réserve Paris. Located between the Champs-Élysées and Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the views from this lavish boutique Five-Star hotel include the most famous sights in the city. The property’s wine cellar has more than 1,500 bottles and the bar feels like an exclusive private club. French contemporary breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the small restaurant.
9. The Peninsula Paris. Gold leaf finish, smooth marble, crystal art pieces all outfit this 19th-century landmark. The Five-Star hotel has 200 rooms and some of the suites even have access to private rooftop terraces. In the late 1920s, George Gershwin wrote his musical, An American in Paris while staying in the hotel but there have been major updates since his day, including rain showers, state-of-the-art technology and a heated pool.