The new French palaces

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Luxury hotels in France and elsewhere

At the initiative of the Ministry of Tourism, a new category of hotels has been born in France: that of palaces, those dream hotels where everything is luxury, charm and pleasure. Eight hotels received the distinction of palace to symbolize "French excellence". Exceptional establishments that welcome wealthy tourists looking for a luxurious stay, in the quality of service, accommodation and catering.


Palaces: exceptional hotels

If the name of palace was already widespread throughout the world, in the largest tourist destinations such as New York, London or Venice, the classification of French hotels was limited to assigning 5 stars to the best accommodations. To reward the best hotels in France and attract foreign customers looking for exceptional establishments, a new category has therefore emerged. The Bristol hotel, the Meurice, the Park Hyatt Vendôme and the Plaza-Athénée in Paris, the hotel du Palais in Biarritz, the Airelles and Cheval Blanc hotels in Courchevel and the grand hotel du Cap Ferrat in Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat are therefore the top 8 French palaces.

Prestigious restaurants in Parisian palaces

Paris is the big winner in the creation of palaces. With 4 hotels, the French capital, which is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world, will therefore be able to attract new, wealthy customers. Located on prestigious avenues: rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré for the Bristol, rue de la Paix for the Park Hyatt Vendôme ... Parisian palaces also have very large restaurants, starred and managed by the most prestigious chefs, such as Alain Ducasse at Plaza-Athénée on avenue Montaigne.

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Book a palace at the last minute?

As you will have understood, there is no point in hoping to find a cheap room in these hotels. Even when booking at the last minute. The price of the rooms is counted at least in hundreds of euros, when it is not a question of one or two thousand euros for the most beautiful suites. This is the case, for example, of the two palaces located in the mountains in the Alps ski resort of Courchevel. In winter, the Cheval Blanc and the Hôtel des Airelles are often full and allow tourists to benefit from their location at the foot of the slopes and the luxury services they offer.

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High quality purchasing and services

Gourmet room-service, concierge service at all hours and under all conditions, gallery for shopping in luxury stores ... the palaces offer an almost irreproachable quality of service. Without forgetting a privileged geographical location: the Palace Palace in Biarritz literally bathes in the Atlantic and its largest suite (177 m²) has a terrace with an ocean view. The same goes for the large hotel in Cap Ferrat, located between Nice and Monaco. Nestled in a huge park of 7 hectares of greenery, this palace also offers a panoramic view of the Mediterranean.

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Palace and luxury airport in Dubai

Very chic palaces and hotels are also found elsewhere in the world, and in particular in the Arabian Peninsula. The Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai, built on the sea, received for example in 2011, for the eighth consecutive year, the title of best hotel in the Middle East during the “World travel awards Middle East” ceremony. Moreover, Dubai airport has also been rewarded, alongside airlines such as Emirates or Qatar Airways which offer luxurious services on their flights.

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