Inside the Most Expensive Hotels in Paris

Inside the Most Expensive Hotels in Paris

The allure of Paris is clear. Its landmarks, chic shops and enviable restaurants
draw in tourists from around the world. But has the ‘City of Lights’ lost some of its
shine? Is it trapped by its glorious past? Well, the city’s mayor and some of its most
venerable businesses are working hard to keep the city looking forward. New environmental policies have opened up
the streets, while the city’s most famous hotels have been refurbished and modernized. Welcome to Paris. One of the first global cities, Paris has
attracted émigrés and artists, writers and entrepreneurs for centuries. It remains famous for fashion and food and
attracts more than 17 million tourists a year. And when they get here, tourists dig deep,
spending on average over $300 a day. That’s second only to shopping mall heaven Dubai. But with its clogged boulevards, neoclassical
architecture and occasionally obstinate service, Paris can feel like it’s penned in by its
past but nostalgic thinking is being firmly rejected,
and not by some nouveau crowd but by the old guard. This is the Ritz Paris, arguably the world’s
most famous hotel. It opened in 1898 and has been serving the
world’s who’s who ever since. But this symbol of high society and luxury
was getting a bit tired and it closed in 2012 for a $420 million renovation, only
reopening in 2016. Welcome inside the Ritz’s Imperial Suite. It’s pretty rare to get in here. It starts at $20,000 a night but for that money you get a lot of marble,
gold leaf, and antique furniture. This is 18th century refinement, with USB plugs in the wall. But you don’t come to the Ritz just for
the suites. Perhaps as famous as the hotel itself is its
bar, The Hemingway named after the American author and keen drinker. The story of how it got its name is full of
holes but the short version is that it was “liberated” – and that word is used very
loosely – by the author from German soldiers. He proceeded to buy 51 Dry Martinis. So if the Ritz is keeping modernity close,
but not too close, Paris’s other grand old hotel has gone the other way. If you think the Ritz is posh, take a look
at the Crillon. This 18th century property has been transformed
from a snooty hotel for the world’s super-rich into a classy, modern hotel for the
world’s super-rich. Contemporary art adorns the lobbies and bars,
while the staff are youthful and dressed to the nines. It also beats the Ritz on price. Business
suites start at $1,350 and go up to a whopping $36,000 a night for the Grand Apartment. Every room has its own butler, because why not? but it’s the little things that make the experience special. A barber is on-site to make sure your beard
is as sharp as your suit. While in-house cobblers are at the ready to
fix, polish and shine and offer some vintage cognac. The Crillon has embraced modernity and it’s
all the better for it. But step outside and cars, trucks and scooters
roar round Place de la Concorde. Research by environmental lobby group Transport
& Environment found living in the city for a year is equivalent to smoking 183 cigarettes. Paris’s air quality is bad. You can taste the
diesel fumes and its mayor is determined to change that. Cars built before 1997 are banned from entering
the city center on weekdays from 8am to 8pm. And the city has also introduced car-free days
on the first Sunday of every month. Paris wants to lead the way in reducing air
pollution and other cities around Europe are following suit. Working to ensure this historic city doesn’t
rest on its laurels but keeps its eyes on the future.

100 thoughts on “Inside the Most Expensive Hotels in Paris

  1. If you want to know how Paris really looks like, go to Google street view. There is some dirty parts but about 70% of the city is high level

  2. I'm curious if your "super rich " and can easily afford a room there wouldn't it be better to be luxury house with all the same amenities.

  3. where are all the paris is dead and immigrants are this and that people in the comments……trolls getting lazy

  4. Those places are nice for when you get tired of seeing rubbish in the streets, scammers and immigrant families begging for money in every corner..

  5. When it comes to food, fashion, culture and tradition, Paris is still far better than NYC or London. Don’t believe those propaganda videos about Paris becoming a “immigrant hub” They only focus on one part of Paris. What if they show you East London, Queens or Brooklyn instead of Central London or Manhattan over and over again? Then I’m sure you’d say the same thing about NY or London too. So before you judge Paris, come and visit downtown Paris, it’s monuments and historical places in person. Every big city consists of a few rough suburbs but that doesn’t mean that the whole city is like that. Vive la France ♥️??

  6. Paris is a shithole overrun by the Muslim hoards they have let in. Trust me, don’t go there. You will think you are in the Middle East

  7. I’m going to Paris in 2 months. What are some foods I should try?? Is Disneyland worth it?? I’m from California but I’m only in Paris for two full days.

  8. I’m heading to Paris in 22 days. I’m not staying at fancy hotels. We are renting a house across the street from the Eiffel Tower.

  9. Great video..but i think the Le Meurice,Plaza Athenee,Le Bristol,and the Shangri-La are much more Luxurious than both of them..

  10. When was this taken, the country is tearing itself apart and you serve up this crap. I haven't been to Paris in years, I can tell it's not the same as it was.

  11. Paris need to encourage bicycles usage. I'm from Paris, and I'm always amazed how other Europeans cities have way more infrastructure for bikes (not only dedicated lanes, but also parking places). Go to Frankfurt, Hamburg, Brême, any city in the Netherlands or Denmark, you seriously are more likely to get hit by a bicycle than a car !
    We're way behind.

  12. LOL what a joke..Mohamed Al-Fayed is not apart of the old guard. The whole idea this is being presented by the old guard/ old money is ridiculous.

  13. You call Paris a dirty ad polluted city?
    Come and taste the cities of South Asis????
    I went to Paris last weekend, trust me it isn't as dirty as people make out to be.
    Yah you can find some waste here and there but not everywhere.

  14. can you imagine being a Parisian, with normal cigarette consumption and that air quality, they're smoking like 1,000,183 cigarettes a year….

  15. Has the city of lights lost some of its shine? Yes see the protests, riots and slums outside the city center. The videos only shows the posh parts of Paris.

  16. 1 ปี ในปารีส เท่ากับ บุหรี่ 183 ตัว หรือ 6 ซอง กับ 3 ตัว …. (นี่ ภาษา แห่งควาย ใช้หน้าคน มาโพส ทั้งๆที่มัน เป็นควาย ) อีลอน มัส สัญญาจะนำเศษเงิน จาก ตลาดหุ้น แห่ง แรงซื้อควาย ดันหุ้น พา ควาย เกาะ กระสวย ชม ทิวทัศน บนดาว เมากาว เซนจูรี่ ในอีก พันล้านปี ข้างหน้า

  17. I prefer traveling n exploring cultures n sitting silently in a cafe watching crowd or reading books. I dont go Paris to act rich? That's too much n takes the essence of travel . But provided you are billionaire then that's cool?

  18. all that puff with the gold and the marble and the stuffiness, i used to think i wanted to stay at these posh places but i just realized that my tastes aren't refined enough to even enjoy all that

  19. Paris is lowkey a bit overrated. The people there are (with exeptions for some really nice people) pretty rude and always look like the wanna kill you lmao. And tbh, if you stay in such luxury do you really go to discover the city or to show of? But it's not (like some people say) full of immigrants. Actually, the immigrante were the nicest people that I met there lmao.

  20. Paris has, since the age of Kings, been defined by extravagance and ostentatious luxury.

    For those that demand modernity and simplicity, I'm not sorry to tell you, you've not only got a droll sense of living, but have picked the wrong city to achieve that sense.

    Paris is a city of dreams, guilded and gorgeous; any attempt to change that, is, in my opinion at least, blasphemy.

  21. No thanks! Very overrated. Been there and done it years back on more than a few occasions on business and side pleasure. I prefer Bora Bora and Lanai islands any day over gross polluted cities!

  22. I caught a Bloomberg blooper! They said the Crillon "beats the Ritz on price" but they said it's $36,000/ night for the Grand Apartment at the Crillon but the Ritz Imperial Suite starts at only $20,000/ night. Obviously they got it backwards. How did someone not catch this error before they posted the video…..?

  23. Paris is the most overrated city.. It has slums, filthy areas n dirt.. I have seen my relatives regret spending so much money to see all the dirty n stinky streets.. Dubai is much better to spend money on

  24. As a foreigner who came and settled down in Paris, it’s been 10 years, i have seen all the prettiest and also the ugliest sides of this city. But i never regret moving here, you have to live here to feel that special spirit of this city, it’s a very special thing. I’m glad i passed my 20s here.

  25. Try Plaza Athene with all its prostitutes trying non-stop to destroy your marriage. Absolute FILTH establishment.

  26. Heck, you get a shot of the finest cognac thrown in for a mere $36,000 a night on Rue de Royale just a stones throw from the big gold capped ancient Egyptian obelisk. What a killer deal…
    Must be in the financially illuminated upper crust to partake in this most elegant finery.

  27. For the those who compare it to NY : NY agglomeration is almost 20 millions, Paris agglomeration is about 12 millions. It's still consequent but smaller. So it's hard to compete for Paris with such a city.

    However, there is many places to explore in Paris, during the day, the evening (it's great because you do not have to wait the night to party. A 7pm there is afterworks and beautifulls bars opened), and the nigth.

    Since 6/7 years, there is more and more choice.


    Vuitton fondation,

    Picasso Museum,

    Pinault Musem soon,


    Fancy concerts places


    La Seine Musicial,
    Garnier Opera


    Parks :

    Parc Monceau


    Parc des buttes chaumon

    Jardin du Luxembourg

    Champs de Mars

    Parc Monsouris

    Bois de Vincennes (it's big and there is a Zoo in it)

    Bois de Boulognes


    A few bars with nice views and design :

    – Bars in the same area, near the district 10/19 :
    Comptoir Generale

    Le perchoir 75011

    Rosa Bonhneur

    Pavillon puebla

    Generator rooftop (open till 10pm)

    Kube bar

    – Bars in the same area, near the district 1 :

    Presciption cocktail club

    Kong Bar

    Ballroom beef club

    Le perchoir Marais
    (a little far from those others bars, it's in the D4)

    – Bars in the same area, near the district 11 :


    – Bars in the same area, near the district 13 :

    Garage club in the same building as Wanderlust

    Debonair rooftop

    Petit Bain

    Cafe Barge


    Ground control

    La felicita

    – Bars in the same area, near the district 3 :
    Bhudda Bar

    Bhudda bar hotel – they have a nice bar : le Qautre

    Bars in the same area, near the district 8 :
    Manko Paris (peruvian bar)

    Monsieur bleu

    Les grands verres

    Verde by Yeels

    Café de l'Homme

    Others :

    Aquarium club
    Matignon club
    Montparnasse top tower
    Grande Arche
    Windo bar


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