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Hôtel Plaza Athénée Review
Superlative; the word sums up the overall impression of this glamorous landmark hotel on one of the most expensive avenues in Paris with luxury shops. Prime-time stardom as Carrie Bradshaw's Parisian pied-à-terre in the final episodes of Sex and the City boosted the glitzy image of this 1911 palace hotel. Its revival as the city's lap of luxury, however, owes more to the meticulous attention of the renowned three-star Michelin chef Alain Ducasse, who oversees everything culinary from the hotel's haute-cuisine restaurant and restored 1930s Relais Plaza brasserie to the quality of the breakfast croissants. Sumptuous rooms have been redone in Regency, Louis XVI, or Art Deco style, with remote-control air-conditioning, mini Hi-Fi/CD players, and even a pillow menu. Sip a cocktail during "blue hours" (6-10 pm) and linger into "red hours" (11 pm-2 am) for deejay-spun music. The trendy bar also is the place to go for celebrity-spotting and has as its centerpiece an impressive Bombay glass comptoir glowing like an iceberg. In winter, there's an interior courtyard ice-skating rink. Expect to be extremely spoiled with the French art of palatial living.
The Epitome of Parisian Style
Located in the heart of the Golden Triangle, between the Avenue des Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower, the stunning views of this palace hotel were immortalized as the romantic backdrop in the season finale of Sex and The City. Spacious rooms and suites are all tastefully decorated: two floors are Art Deco and six floors in Regency or Louis XVI styles. But the real show-stoppers here are Alain Ducasse's namesake restaurant, with his contemporary take on French haute cuisine, and the elegant Le Bar. It was decorated by interior designer Patrick Jouin, a former protégé of Philippe Starck, and mixes some of the best cocktails in the city.
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