Temples of Luxury

The list of 5-star hotels in the 8th arrondissement is long enough to make you dizzy. Most of them are located in what is known as the “Triangle d’Or” (golden triangle), the area between Avenue George V, Avenue Marceau and the Champs-Elysées. Competing with one another to embody the ultimate definition of luxury accommodation, these bastions of chic pull out all the stops, offering award-winning restaurants, bespoke services, pools, spas and much more. As for the décor, classic French elegance dominates the interiors, which are lavishly styled with a sense of bygone regal luxury.

The most legendary establishments in the area are without a doubt the Plaza Athénée (expanded and entirely renovated in 2014) the Crillon (currently under renovation, due to reopen in 2015), the Royal Monceau (renovated in 2008 by Philippe Starck), the Four Seasons George V, the Fouquet's Barrière and the Bristol. A night in one of these opulent hotels will cost anything up from €400.

Rendez-vous for the Happy Few

In the same high-end category, but with a more discreet, exclusive atmosphere, the following hotels draw on arty interior design concepts. Be it cool extravagance, totally vintage or updated classicism, each has its own idiosyncratic style.

Fashion house Maison Martin Margiela’s special haute-couture makeover of the Maison Champs-Elysées (from €230) has created a highly sophisticated, understated style that combines slick furniture and echoes of classical interior architecture. More flamboyant in tone, the Hôtel de Sers (from €280) is a little gem that expertly contrasts a bold contemporary colour scheme with 19th-century paintings and black-and-white photography.

Art Deco and Oriental, two very distinct styles, are daringly combined the Mathis (from €190) to create lush interiors comprised of deep colours, golden accents and rich patterned fabrics – a mix that’s a runaway hit among night owls for its moody exoticism.

Guests at Hôtel Le A (from €380) are treated to a New York-style Modern Art environment – a theme that’s reinforced by the hotel’s specialist library, which counts more than 300 books on the arts.

Famous for its fashionable décor designed by Andrée Putman, the Pershing Hall (from €270) also boasts a glitzy restaurant. The hotel’s original design, creative lighting and impressive features such as the botanical wall in the courtyard all impress customers, but some express disappointment regarding the quality and quantity of the food served in the restaurant, given the price. Several comments also remark on the staff behaving more like VIPs than the guests...

Lastly, the Hôtel Daniel and the Hôtel du Ministère are two Hotel Hotel favourites: the Ministère for its funky, vintage décor garnished with beautiful 1950s Scandinavian furniture and the Daniel for its refined sense of style influenced by elegant 18th-century classicism and oriental Silk Road motifs. Between €370 and €500.

And in a lower price-bracket?

We’ve rooted out two hotels that won’t break the bank but still come highly recommended by past guests: the Galileo (from €150) and the Mayflower (from €135). Both are located a stone’s throw from the Arc de Triomphe and are considered good value for money.