After procuring three adjacent buildings on avenue Montaigne, The Hotel Plaza Athenée 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. The red awnings and matching flower boxes have become as synonymous with Paris as the Eiffel tower, or the Seine. The rooms are elaborate and fitting with the rest of the hotel’s classic, elegant flourishes. What you really need to know about are the restaurants. In stark contrast to the classic surroundings is Alain Ducasse’s spot, which looks like it belongs in a science fiction movie. The courtyard cafe, Le Cour Jardin, is a feast for all of the senses. And if you chose to keep it casual in La Galerie, and are in the mood to make a meal of a massive salad, order the McCarthy.

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