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Probably the only city in the world to be bestowed with two endearing names — City of Love and Lights and Capital of Fashion – Paris is first and foremost, a capital of culture, art, fashion and architecture. It boasts iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Museé de Lourve and Arc de Triomphe.
The capital city of France is consistently ranked one of the top European cities to visit, and is also one of the most popular honeymoon destinations for the newlyweds. While a large part of the city comprises UNESCO World Heritage Sites, let’s not forget that you’re setting foot on the soil where the most luxurious fashion brands including Chanel, Dior, Hermés and Yves Saint-Laurent were born. Hungry? There are 70 Michelin-starred restaurants (the second highest number in a city) guaranteed to satisfy even the most discerning palate.
After a day of exploring, retreat to one of our top five recommended presidential suites, all conveniently located within the city centre.
1. Hotel Plaza Athénée Paris
Kicking off the list is the spacious Royal Suite at the historic five-star Hotel Plaza Athénée Paris. The 450-sqm suite recently underwent a renovation led by Marie-José Pommereau, a renowned interior designer and co-founder of Architectural Digest France. Each room works with a different colour theme, including orange, fuchsia and purple, and is lavishly adorned with plush furniture with damask patterns dating back to the Louis XV and Louis XVI periods.
Boasting a private entrance, the roomy suite comprises two master bedrooms and two smaller bedrooms all with attached bathrooms fitted with Italian marble, a luxurious sitting room, spacious dining room, kitchen and two lounges.
Those who wish to catch up on daily news can do so from televisions littered across all rooms (there are nine). The master bathroom not only includes a steam room and Jacuzzi, but also hides a flat-screen TV, allowing you to get updated as you go about your morning ritual.
Views from the suite are equally stunning. Step outside to the balconies and enjoy a glass of two of complimentary Krug champagne, while soaking in the stunning views of the famous luxury-shopping district Avenue Montaigne and the iconic Eiffel Tower.
25 Avenue Montaigne
2. Mandarin Oriental, Paris
Despite being located in a historic 1930s building, Mandarin Oriental, Paris features a contemporary art-deco interior that highlights the work of renowned French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte.
Its ‘presidential’ suite, the Penthouse Floor: J’aime Paris is located on the top floor of the eight-storey building. The suite is actually made up of three separate suites – Royal Mandarin, Panoramic and Terrace – and when combined, can very well pass of as a milionaire’s city bachelor bad.
Step through the private lift within the Royal Mandarin suite and you’ll be greeted by an artist’s palette of gold, white and plum, accentuated with subtle touches of marble, velvet and silk. The three-bedroom, split-level penthouse can comfortably host eight guests and has two lush terraces that offer an uninterrupted view of the city, Opera Garnier and the Eiffel Tower.
Unlike other ostentatiously decorated suites, this one boasts a minimalistic décor, reflecting the elegance of modern apartment. A small selection of bespoke artwork as well as a staircase fashioned from guilloche metal brings the experience quite literally, to the next level. Natural light floods the living area, while one of its terraces boasts a comfy lounge area perfect for sunbathing while catching up on your favourite read. The penthouse also offers plenty of amenities including a steam room, private gym, spacious living room, dining room, kitchen and bar. Should you tire after a day’s activities, simply ring the concierge to request for a complimentary Jiao Ting massage in the suite.
251 Rue Saint Honoré
3. Le Royal Monceau
Price: From €25,000
The 280-sqm Presidential Suite 241 is the largest suit available in Le Royal Monceau, and charms guests with its traditional French design, think chandeliers, cream coloured furniture, white walls, dusty pink drapes, day curtains, and oversized headboards.
Entry to the suite is via a private entrance, and you’ll be greeted with sizeable living and dining areas. Art enthusiasts are in for a pleasant surprise as they find specially curated art pieces by French and international artists, hand-crated furniture designed by Philippe Starck, a selection of coffee table art books, art newsletters and even an acoustic guitar to express your creativity. Video game consoles are also available upon request.
The three-bedroom suite also comes with ensuite bathrooms, each with a walk-in shower and free-standing claw-footed bath. While this provides a great way to unwind, we recommend making use of the unlimited access pass to the hotel’s 1,500-sqm Spa My Blend by French beauty brand, Clarins.
27 Avenue Hoche
4. Le Bristol Paris
Located on Paris’ most prestigious shopping streed, Le Bristol Paris was first a private property, before being bought over and transformed into a hotel in 1923. Named after bishop Frederick Hervey, the 4th earl of Bristol, the hotel opened in 1925.
Its Imperial Suite exudes a home-away-from-home vibe, and accentuates the classic French style with furniture by French luxury furniture manufacturer Taillardat and damask fabrics by Colony. It certainly sat well with footballer David Beckham, who called the suite home during his five-month contract with football club Paris St Germain in 2013.
The design of the main bedroom allows for plenty of natural light and is decorated in floral tones. It houses a separate siting room, two large dressing rooms and a generous 25-smq bathroom in pink Aurora marble, equipped with a shower steam room and a bathtub.
The 12-seater dining area overlooks the hotel’s lush garden and provides a lovely sunset view. Under the guidance of three-michelin star chef Eric Frechon and upon request, private chefs will whip up French delicacies for guests.
12 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
5. Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
Price: upon request
Ranked as one of top 10 hotels in Paris, the award-winning property offers three suites – The Penthouse, Royal Suite and Presidential Suite – that each speaks to a different target audience. While The Penthouse has the smallest gross area, it packs a punch in terms of design, comfort and views it has to offer.
Located on the eighth floor of the hotel property, the 151-sqm penthouse imparts the sense of staying in a luxurious Parisian residence while flaunting a 360-degree view of the city including architectural icons such as the Eiffel Tower, American Cathedral, Sacré-Coeur Basilica and roofs of the Opéra, Madeleine, Pantheon and Les Invalides.
Once you’re able to tear yourself away from the view, explore the rest of the suite and pick your favourite nook. The stylish living area offers three separate living settings, while the one-bedroom sanctuary opens up to a private terrace where you can lounge on the daybed. Work up a sweat in the private fitness room and when you’re done, sink into the bathroom’s infinity bath, and cool down with jet sprays and relaxing chromotherapy systems.
31 Avenue George V