Best 4-5 Star Hotel in Paris?

Old Jan 6th, 2005, 03:21 PM
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While "taking offense" is another troll characteristic, it's also the natural reaction of any normal person. This is the inherent challenge in discerning trolls. I think that you are not one.

My experience in doing business in France has little reseemblance to your situation, and is - - no doubt - - NOT relevant. And in all my other business selling/presenting (UK, Spain, Netherlands, Germany), the room in which I stayed had nothing to do with how I was received (never did ANY business AT the hotel).

But, I repeat, that was not in connection with fashion or retail anything, and you know your business way better than 99% of people here (who know Paris hotels).

I do wonder if Priceline is worth trying. If you have found package pricing on hotels that you think to be "spot on", then presumably, you will mostly want comparative info on those hotels, or comparable properties that could be better.
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Old Jan 6th, 2005, 04:12 PM
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One not mentioned is Hotel Raphael in the 16th, very close to the Arc de Triomphe and the Kleber metro is steps away. Elegant, classic french style with beautiful antiques. Very posh but welcoming. Smaller than hotels such as Ritz and Crillon but decor is similar. I've been told the bar is well known. Website is Movie stars have been guests....for whatever that's worth! Also, has a rooftop terrace with beautiful views of Arc and Eiffel Tower. Best unknown seat in Paris. Great neighborhood with restaurants nearby.

Raphael is not cheap but nothing is in Paris.

Good luck!
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Old Jan 7th, 2005, 03:32 AM
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My favorite 4-5star hotel is the Raphael in the 16th district. It's a opulent and chic hotel 3 bblocks from the Champs-Elysees and 1 block from the arc de Triomphe and it's also a member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World. The Lobby is luxuriously decorated with works of art , a Turner, and a lovely lift. The restaurant is very good and the bar is a hot spot. The rooms are spacious very good heated and soundproofed. The staff is very accomodating. You cas see the Hotel at the movie Bon Voyage. It's expensive but you get what you pay for.
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Old Jan 7th, 2005, 04:17 AM
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Funny, I too would recommend the Raphael as super luxury and used by people "in the know." But I would think seriously about not doing business from your hotel room. The French are not nearly as outgoing as Americans and keep their business and private lives more separate. Yes the rooms at the Raphael are a nice size but not appropriate to do business IMO. Because it is a small hotel, there's not a lot of choice for privacy in the main public areas either.

If you are in fashion, I think you should think about whether you want to stay in a young hip place or someplace more classic. The Raphael is definitely classic. Hotel Costes and Bel Amie would be more modern and hip. Le Grand Hotel Intercontinental might be a good option. I would imagine you don't want to seem like a spend thrift and some of your original ideas like the Crillon would be seen as over the top I think.
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Old Jan 7th, 2005, 04:42 AM
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It has been said to me, to my chagrin. "If you have to ask, you can't afford it."

I would love to say to a limo driver at the CDG, "George Sank, s'il vous plait"

Yet, if I had my dog, the Crillon gives them their own special "tags" as guests... nice touch.
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