Glass encounters a riot of red at the Plaza Athénée Hotel, Paris

THE renowned Plaza Athénée hotel, a member of Dorchester Collection, originally opened in 1913. This unashamedly opulent property with 154 bedrooms and 54 suites is located within the Golden Triangle of France’s capital city – just minutes from the Eiffel Tower, the Champs Elysées and the River Seine.

Positioned at the end of the illustrious Avenue Montaigne, it’s in good company, rubbing shoulders with the famous French designer boutiques, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Dior. 

Deluxe-Suite view from Plaza Athenee

Red awnings and thousands of geraniums adorn the balconies from the black wrought-ironed, flower-boxed façade of the hotel. On entering the orb-shaped lobby, I’m wowed by immaculate floral installations that spring out from the imposing marble columns, mimicked by an intricately designed red-toned rug that brings instant warmth to this dazzling entrance.

After checking in, I pass by the wall of fame depicting some of the global icons that have stayed here through the years, and walk through La Galerie, the perfect spot to people-watch from morning until night. It’s worth keeping your eyes peeled as this space is filled with the most stylish crowd (especially during Paris Fashion Week).

Try and spot the famous faces if you dare to look closely – although they are usually hiding behind sunglasses or beneath oversized hats.

Cour-Jardin at Plaza Athenee

My extravagant suite on the third floor continues the glamorous theme, decorated in tones of beige with gold highlights. Sumptuous furnishings include a squishy sofa, plush carpeting and the most heavenly bed imaginable.

The white marble bathroom has a sunken bath, a mirrored mosaic wall, a vanity unit with a double sink, separate shower room and plenty of Guerlain amenities. 

Haute Couture Eiffel Suite Living

Since 2021, chef Jean Imbert has overseen the gastronomic offerings, including the Michelin-starred glitzy restaurant, Jean Imbert au Plaza Athénée.

I choose the more casual dining option and experience immaculate service during my à la carte breakfast and dinner, ensconced within the foliage and red awnings of La Cour Jardin courtyard; a continuous reminder that I am staying in one of the most glamorous spots in the entire city.

by Amanda Bernstein

Rates start from €890 low season, €1,180 high season. 

The hotel forms part of Dorchester Collection, an exclusive portfolio of nine luxury hotels around the world. 

To book a room,

Address: Plaza Athénée: 25 avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris +33 (0)1 53 67 66 65