As fashionistas, photographers and everyone who is anyone flood the French capital for front row seats at the most stylish week of the year, we’ve rounded up our top pick of hotels that exude couture beyond the runway.
Located on the rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, famous for its boutiques and art galleries, Le Bristol Paris has been a firm favourite amongst fashion aficionados since the 1960s.
It now maintains its fashion-forward reputation with a selection of Saturday showcases charting signature garments from renowned designers’ collections over the years. So successful is the concept, major fashion houses including Céline, Yves Saint-Laurent, Givenchy, Chloé, Christian Lacroix and Versace have all presented collections at Fashion Saturdays.
The three-Michelin-star gourmet restaurant Epicure makes for a chic stop for a sophisticated lunch.
This Christian Lacroix-designed hotel located in the ever-so-sought-after Haut Marais is the definition of boutique.
Housed in what was formerly Paris’ first bakery, original ‘boulangerie’ shop frontage conceals just 16 rooms and one junior suite, each with a unique design. With some bold and contemporary and others alluding to a more old-world authentic charm, this quirky abode has become something of a cult residence among those in the know.
Built by Napoleon III’s half-brother at the start of the Haussmann era in 1854, the door in bright vermilion conceals a world of grandeur where designer Jacques Garcia’s fabulously opulent interiors emanate quintessential nineteenth century elegance.
Original marble fireplaces accent expertly installed gilded rococo reliefs, Versaillais parquet, Cordovan leather panelling and 6,000m of silk damask, taffeta and velvet that lines the walls, frame the windows and upholster the chairs.
Giving off the chic and confidential air of a private members’ club, it is also reportedly the only hotel in Paris to offer a butler for every guest, making it the ultimate VIP hideaway for some pampered respite away from the runway.
Nowhere knows fashion legacy quite like the Ritz Paris, where Coco Chanel herself famously resided for 34 years.
Even after its renovation two years ago, the iconic Coco Chanel Suite retains its history from the late designer’s stay there. Decorated in her own vision, the suite sings of a love for Asian lacquer, gilded mirrors, and the contrast of black and white.
Almost 80 years later her timeless style remains preserved for celebrated guests to experience.
Another Christian Lacroix invention, Hotel du Continent represents a more affordable option for those looking for designer-luxe on a slightly smaller budget.
Continuing to emanate the designer’s love of travel, every floor of this geographically influenced hotel represents a different continent.
Exotic materials, inspiring fabrics and tapestries adorn the walls and floors, while bold furniture and fascinating objects from around the globe dot the interior like curious mementos of a life of fun on the road.
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