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Hotel de Crillon

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Classic Paris palace hotel, arguably the top hotel in the city, alongside the George V. But cosier than the George V - with traditional, family service: you're really made to feel part of the Crillon 'family' if you stay here, and it's nowhere near as showy as the George V - more restrained. Great position on the Place de la Concorde.

If you are feeling flush, book the Bernstin Suite, with its own terrace providing what is one of the best views in Paris. The restaurant is 3 star Michelin, expensive and exquisite.

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BY: Ben MacIntyre for The Times First Published: March 14, 2009 I am not sure of the exact moment when I realised that the Hôtel de Crillon and I were made for each other. Perhaps it was when I signed the hotel register on a marble-inlaid table with … Read more...

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Hotel de Crillon

One of just six 'Palace Hotels' in Paris, the Crillon is the only one still in French hands, owned by the Taittinger family. Perfectly positioned on the Place de la Concorde, it has for a while been trying to refashion its identity, faced by the brasher more corporate go-getting marketing strategies of its wealthy cousins. The luxury comfort of the rooms might not be quite as highly cranked as at the George V, nor the glamour quite as pronounced as the Ritz, but the Crillon still stands as the most famous hotel landmark, a place of tradition and occasion. Government ministers regularly lunch in its two star Michelin Restaurant, and it remains the hotel of choice for honeymooners who want bragging rights. It has also managed to retain a family feeling - the reception staff are young, mostly female, highly educated and extremely personable - none of the professional masks you find in other 5 star hotels - they even blush. This traditional charm, where the hotel is more of a 'house' than a hostelry, has long since disappeared in most 5 star properties - the Gritti in Venice is one other remaining example. The only drawback here is that despite its pre-eminent position, hardly any rooms have good views - you have to fork out for one of the suites for this. Still, to walk out of the front door straight onto the Place de la Concorde beats many other experiences in this city of Light, and sipping a kir royale on the terrace of the Louis XV suite with the obelisk, pyramid, national assembly, arc de triomphe and tomb of Napoleon all in sights is one of the best views anywhere in the world.

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