You may know Paris best as the City of Love, a couple’s playground. But with an assortment of science museums, aquariums, theme parks and theater, Paris is an excellent destination for the whole family. Many of the finest luxury hotels offer game rooms and activities for children, special menus at their gourmet restaurants and even child concierge services. On-site babysitting services allow parents a day to themselves while their children are in good hands.
The building housing the Relais Christine dates back to 1531, when it served as a magnificent mansion, and is one of the oldest hotels in Paris. The hotel is located on a secluded street in the Saint-Germane-des-Pres, a neighborhood known for its artistic pedigree. The Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Musee d’Orsay are only a few blocks away, within easy walking distance. The ambiance of the hotel is one of understated elegance, with fine antiques seamlessly integrated into modern décor, lavish green patios and an intimate fine-dining restaurant on the premises. Children are welcome, and the hotel provides day tours to local museums, parks, and Disneyland Paris.
Hotel de Crillon
Located just off the Champs-Elysees, the Hotel de Crillon is magnificent gem dating back to 1758, when it served as the palace of the Duke de Crillon. Retaining its lavish Louis XV mode, the hotel is tasteful opulence at every turn. From four-poster beds to marble counter tops to chandeliers, every last detail speaks of sophistication and elegance. The hotel is best known for its two master suites – the Leonard Bernstein and the Louis XV. Both offer multiple rooms with the finest antiques and wood paneling, as well as enormous terraces that provide breathtaking views of the Eiffel Tower. The Les Ambassadeurs restaurant, located in what was once the palace’s ballroom, offers award-winning traditional French cuisine.
Hotel Le Meurice
Unlike many of the older luxury hotels in Paris, which began life as palaces or mansions of the upper class, the Hotel Le Meurice was built in 1835 as a luxury hotel – and it has remained one of the most respected in the nearly two centuries since. Each of the seven floors embodies a different aesthetic, all combining Louis XVI with a modern chic. The hotel overlooks the Tuileries Garden and is only a few blocks from the Louvre. The Restaurant le Meurice is a Michelin three-star restaurant, overseen by Chef Yannick Alleno, who combines classic French and experimental cuisine to create something surprising and new.
Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris
Built in 1928, the Hotel George V is one of the newer luxury hotels in Paris, but was designed to integrate all the modern conveniences of luxury travel with the beauty and elegance of classic Parisian life. The hotel is bedecked with fine antiques, ranging from Louis XIV furniture to original tapestries dating back to the 17th century. The Le Cinq restaurant offers gourmet French cuisine in a setting designed to hearken back to the golden age of Paris – with lavish touches like fine silver and china crafted exclusively for the restaurant. Families can make use of the George the Frog program, which offers children a wide range of activities to keep them occupied during the day and at night as well as special menus to fit their palates.
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