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The business traveler will appreciate the contemporary flair of the Hotel Bel-Ami. Unlike most classical Parisian hotels, this chic retreat offers rooms that are both sleek and spacious. The work-friendly lobby provides two fully equipped workstations alongside an espresso bar, where guests can help themselves to fresh coffee throughout the day. Internet access is complimentary, as is a vast array of international daily newspapers. Night owls will love the copper-colored-mosaic-tiled B.A. Bar, an in-house hot spot buzzing with sophisticated guests and lively locals. Two final words: Your name. At this extremely friendly hotel, attentive staffers remember what your own mother called you, adding a homey touch to this swanky French hotel. There’s also a spa.
7/11 rue St.-Benoît
+ 33-1-42-61-53-53 I
Among the infinite magic delivered by the City of Light is its array of sunsets. Happily, Hilton Arc de Triomphe has you covered with a spacious executive lounge providing unobstructed, sweeping vistas. Add in a sensitive staff ready to meet your every whim, an accommodating concierge plugged into every main Paris attraction (thus sparing you waiting in line), a distinctive Art Deco Purple Bar (gilded fluting, tasseled chandeliers), and a central location at the foot of the Arc de Triomphe. The icing on the croissant are windows that actually open, and you have Parisian perfection — especially when there’s a slight breeze blowing in from the outside.
51-57 rue de Courcelles
+ 33 01-58-36-67-31
Bruno Borrione, a member of Phillippe Starck’s celebrated design team, took three heritage buildings from different periods into the 21st century at the InterContinental Paris Avenue Marceau. Opened in 2008, this small hotel of only 55 rooms evokes an urbane yet classical ambience with such memorable touches as Venetian Renaissance frescoes and beveled mirror groupings mixed with black leather Barcelona chairs and brushed stainless steel high tables with bamboo-styled legs. Rooms are sleek yet adorned with plush accents like faux fur throws and Bang & Olufsen sound systems. Dining is the coup de grace, with the conservatory restaurant Le M64 offering courtyard seating when weather permits and creative caviar-and truffle-accented dishes that emulate works of art by celebrated Chef Romain Marzet all year ’round.
64 Avenue Marceau
+ 33 01-44-43-36-36
Striped walls and floral accent pillows mix magically in oversized suites with large-scale furniture to match at the comfortable Hotel Napoleon, where canopied beds and small crystal chandeliers mark this manse as classically French. Moderately priced at the edge of the swanky Champs and just a few steps from the iconic Arc de Triomphe, this homey hotel removes you from the fray without forcing the cool factor. Ideal as a starter hotel for Paris visitors, the Napoleon not only employs a cheerful staff unafraid to speak English, but accommodations also come equipped with adjoining balconies — so you get to know your neighbors al fresco. Hint: Ask for a room with an Eiffel Tower view. Then you’ll have even more to write home about from this lovely address in the heart of Paree.
40 Avenue de Friedland
+ 33 01-56-68-43-21
By Paula Conway
My last-minute trip to Louisville was also my very first — guaranteeing one delightful surprise after another.
As a neophyte, I was urged by a friend to try a Hot Brown (an open-faced turkey sandwich, smothered in cheese, with bacon), to sample a Derby Pie (a cookie stuffed with chocolate chips, walnuts, hot fudge, [...]
RUMBAR, inside The Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne, lays claims to being Miami’s only live Latin music venue. On weekends, a four-piece band in white dinner jackets will take you back to Old Havana with rhythms of vintage Cuba. Order a rum flight for a vertical tasting of Miami’s largest selection of rums from Trinidad, Barbados, [...]Read More