As a nation the French have always been proud of their hospitality, from superb dining establishments to fantastic hotels. There really is no such thing as the archetypal French hotel as they vary from very swanky five-star establishments right to country gates and everything in between. In this blog we look at some of the most famous hotels in France, starting in the capital Paris with one of the most famous hotels in the world, the George V.
George V – Paris
This hotel has been one of the most famous landmarks of Paris since it was built in 1928, it has represented elegance and epitomized luxury. Nestled close to the famous Parisian thoroughfare the Champs-Elysees its private terraces have wonderful views of the Arc de Triomphe and the Grand Palais. In 1999 the hotel was completely renovated with many additional luxuries being added, including a phenomenal spa, fitness centre, swimming pool and of course a 2-star Michelin restaurant called Le Cinq. This elegant eight storey building strives to embody everything luxury stands for and is a landmark of Paris.
Chateau Grand Barrail – Bordeaux
There can be nothing grander than staying is your own castle, and the Chateau Grand Barrail is a beautifully palatial hotel, built in the 19th Century the very grand chateau was refurbished into an opulent hotel. The location is superb right in the heart of Bordeaux and St Emilion with its grand vineyards. The decor is highly ornate and elaborate set in sprawling green landscape, but don’t let the countryside fool you, the Chateau Grand Barrail is state-of-the-art when it comes to amenities. Boasting a world-class spa, outdoor heated swimming pool, and a dining room right out of the movies with stained glass windows.
Hotel du Cap Eden Roc – Antibes
The Hotel Cap Eden Roc is one of the most famous hotels in all of France, and boasts one of the most sought-after locations namely the gorgeous French Riviera. To be honest any hotel that had a location as desirable as this could not fail to wow admirers. Situated right on the water’s edge the Hotel du Cap Eden Roc has its very own private beach with the Mediterranean lapping at the golden sand. This hotel oozes glamour and class with traditional French decor, and some suites actually have their own balconies that reach out to the sea. There are plenty of amenities to keep all guests occupied including tennis courts, swimming pools and great food in the hotel’s superb restaurants.
Carlton Hotel – Cannes
Cannes epitomizes class and style, and of course is home to its own music festival. Situated in a prime location is the Carlton Hotel facing out to sea. This glamorous hotel looks down on the Bay of Cannes and many of its rooms have superb sea views. Just across the road is the Carlton’s own private beach and you can while away the hours taking a leisurely cocktail whilst spotting one or two celebrities enjoying their experience as well.
All these hotels have one thing in common and that is they are superb buildings that offer first class service and luxury that is unsurpassed. Whether you want a city break, or a castle in the country, the French hotel industry can cater for every demand.