A Parisian icon of the grandest echelon.
Ever since opening its doors in 1913, when artists and composers started making a habit of dining here after the theater, this grande dame in the shadow of the Champs-Élysées has been a Parisian icon. It became even more of a sought-after destination when Christian Dior decided to open his couture house next door in 1947. Recently, the 208 guestrooms and suites were overhauled—and some are brand new—by the hotel’s longtime design partner, Marie-José Pommereau. Pommereau aptly embraced materials like rich silks, damask, and embroidery for the windows, armchairs, and beds. Infused with a warm color palette, the spaces feel like intimate residential lairs. One suite might have a signature Eiffel Tower view along with a piano in the sitting room. Another, like the lavish Royal, has balconies and French Regency furniture filling its four bedrooms and baths. The gleaming Art Deco-style fixture Le Relais Plaza is one choice place for a bistro feast, but the Patrick Jouin-designed Alain Ducasse is of course the star.