Located on the prestigious avenue Montaigne in Paris, Plaza Athénée hôtel is a luxury palace. Check out our review
Plaza Athénée, the expert opinion
Located on the very hype avenue Montaigne, address of French Haute Couture that inspires the greatest designers, the location of the Plaza Athénée is ideal for shopping in stores of prestigious brands such as YSL, Louis Vuittton, Chanel or Dior. And for entertainment, its location in the heart of the "Golden Triangle", gives access to the largest and renowned Parisian theaters and cabarets such as the Champs-Elysées Theater or the Crazy Horse.
Identifiable among a thousand with its famous red awnings and geraniums, its facade marks the timeless character of this house. The interior reveals the same timelessness: a decor awe-inspiring, combining classical architecture (one that reveals the power abroad from France), to Art Deco elements enhanced by contemporary finishes. Let surprise you from the entrance hall : polished white marble is everywhere, the monumental columns are adorned with imposing floral compositions. The gastronomic restaurant room exudes its own atmosphere, through an incredible combination of modernity and tradition : woodwork, columns and chandeliers contrast with superb ultra modern silver bench seats with mirror effect. Meet at the hotel bar redesigned in 2004, to discover a unique atmosphere with modern sophistication : the old woodwork are highlighted by the play of a ceiling dressed in electric blue fabric deep for a totally dreamlike experience. At the corner of an arched room, passage between the restaurants and the bar, take a few musical moments.
From the classic bedroom to the Royal Suite, including those with a view of the Eiffel Tower, all are absolutely splendid and provide inimitable comfort. They offer huge and extremely comfortable beds for restful nights. Woodwork sought, soft carpets, formal chandeliers, classic or more contemporary spirit, the decoration does not leave nothing to chance to bring a refined and luxurious elegance. The fabrics are chosen with care to offer a cozy and comfortable setting. The plus : sockets and well placed light switches, effective blackout and soundproofing curtains. The marble bathrooms, have powerful showers and / or good baths dimensions. Without forgetting that the bathrobes are provided. Different room sizes : standard doubles for example offer the size of a small Parisian apartment. The view of Plaza Athénée rooms are mostly impregnable: on one side the Eiffel Tower, the other more intimate, a magnificent interior courtyard decorated with climbing ivy.
The Dior spa is in itself a unique experience. It welcomes you in a refined and warm: the art exhibition allows you to wait in a relaxation / waiting area. After this airlock passes, the Dior institute experience takes on its full meaning. Expert staff is efficient and attentive. A first surprise awaits you : to allow you to fully experience this moment, customers are invited to choose a Dior perfume that is diffused in their treatment room. Those of the face, complex and elaborated from proven lotions bring well-being and comfort for the most tired skin. State-of-the-art equipment provide regenerating and lasting effects. Also available, the fitness studio for start the day with a few exercises or just to relax in the sauna. The room is fully equipped and also offers a personalized coaching service for you to help you surpass yourself. The hotel has a concierge service that excels in hospitality. Professional, friendly and attentive, the concierge team knows how to respond to all requests, even the most demanding. Note that for the youngest, the Plaza Athénée has, during the winter months, a ice rink and organize an incredible egg hunt for Easter.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
Eat healthy while offering cuisine made from the most noble products more humble is the challenge than taking up Alain Ducasse in his gourmet restaurant at Plaza Athénée: dishes concerned with naturalness from a triptych “fish-vegetables- cereals ”that make vegetarians happy but not only! And even if the dishes can seem expensive, the fact remains that its combinations flavors are unexpected and absolutely delicious. Nearby, the Relais Plaza, pillar history of hotel, stands out with its original decor with very Art Deco inspirations. Philippe Marc who is in charge concocted expertly brasserie menus prepared for uninterrupted service: tangy king crab, sole meunière, all served with mash or spinach. The waiters will prefectly know how to guide you for food and wine pairings. At the bar the cocktails are absolutely tasty although rather common to justify the price. Breakfast and brunch are to be enjoyed in the Gallery or in the large gourmet restaurant: a unique moment combining make it delicious that we are fond of pastries and coffee for a short break or greedy and ready to take a long tasting time. The program is varied and perfect : continental or American, pain, pastries, fruit, eggs, pancake cereals…. skillfully prepared to start your day off right.
VALUE FOR MONEY
Overall the services offered and the decoration are in line with what can expect of a palace. Note the little extra in the rooms: an office with multimedia now essential for professional and private stays. Small downside which takes the place of decoration : if on the whole, the Plaza Athénée perfectly reconciles the alliance of a classic decoration and Art Deco with a contemporary spirit, the bathrooms display an aging spirit despite the presence of noble materials such as white marble. The spirit cannot combine modernity and tradition.
Posted by Thibault Duret
VISION Destinations | March 20