If it was good enough for Coco Chanel, it better be good enough for you. On the Place Vendôme, the Ritz Paris was Chanel’s favorite hotel and eventual home. She was not alone: Frequent guests like Ernest Hemingway, Marcel Proust and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor contributed to the Ritz’s fabled history. The recent overhaul successfully balanced authenticity—the gilding still glints, the taps are still shaped like swans, Colin Field still shakes up Paris’s best martini in the Bar Hemingway—with the demands of today’s luxury clientele. Now half of the 142 rooms are suites and the hotel has added high-speed Wi-Fi, heated bathroom floors, alfresco dining in the garden. You’ll pay for the privilege of staying in a living legend, with rates slightly higher than the competition. Still, Coco, who once said, “Fashion fades, only style remains the same,” would certainly approve.
Who It’s Best For: Francophiles who want a connection to history, and anyone whose heart flutters at old-school elegance.