The Classic Paris Guide


Paris is overrun with culture-defining institutions, whether it’s its storied cafés, unparalleled art collections, our couture-based boutiques. Here are a handful of spots that epitomize classic Paris.

The Mandarin Oriental

251 Rue Saint-Honoré, 1st | +

Being that it’s a Mandarin Oriental, you can be assured that this is one of Paris’ finest hotel options. A lush inner courtyard, Thierry Marx restaurants, and sleek, Asian-inspired rooms that are blessedly spacious for Paris are givens, but the Diptyque products and Frette robes make any stay even better. Plus, there’s a spa, pool, and sizable gym.

Hôtel Notre Dame

1 Quai Saint-Michel, 5th | +

Offering unobstructed views of the Seine and Notre Dame, this supremely well-located hotel is quiet and comfortable. A recent makeover at the hands of Christian Lacroix means the rooms are packed with color and texture: It’s tasteful, but if you prefer a sea of greige, this isn’t the hotel for you.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée

25 Avenue Montaigne, 8th | +

After procuring three adjacent buildings, The Hotel Plaza Athenée just underwent a significant expansion: Marie-José Pommereau, who undertook the hotel’s Royal Suite renovation in 2012 (i.e., Paris’s most expensive stay, at €20,000 per night), oversaw a majority of the update.

Hôtel Montalembert

3 Rue de Montalembert, 7th | +

Over the years, we’ve built a lot of wonderful memories here, in part because this is the sort of unpretentious and unfussy hotel that focuses on comfort rather than flash. While it’s fronted by an old-world, Beaux Art exterior, the rooms are chic and modern.