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With its sensational views over the Tuileries gardens, this 19th-century palace hotel is unquestionably one of Paris’s grandest. Acres of marble and chandeliers provide the requisite sense of history, yet this is no museum piece; modern comforts abound, along with the odd surreal touch in memory of former habitué Salvador Dalí.
Don’t miss out on a meal in the gourmet restaurant – now in the hands of multi-starred chef Alain Ducasse – with wonderful cooking from his protégé Christophe Saintagne.
This is a dream location, between the dead-central Louvre and Rue St-Honoré – and the hotel manages to achieve a look of palatial splendour, while remaining completely unstuffy.
The gorgeous wood-panelled Bar 228 – named after the hotel’s address – serves up live jazz every evening, as well as some decadent cocktails.
The hotel occupies a splendid early 19th-century building on the prestigious arcaded rue de Rivoli. The surrounding area is rich with the symbols of royal and imperial Paris, with the Louvre palace, place de la Concorde and place Vendome all nearby. It is also a fashion hotspot, with pioneering concept store Colette and a host of designer labels nearby on rue St-Honore.
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