Chandeliers and yards of rich fabric await you in the lobby of these luxurious lodgings, which were built for the director of the Paris Opéra in 1853. Just a few steps away from the Champs-Élysées, this classy townhouse features spacious rooms with huge beds, high thread-counts, and swags of chiffon and velour around the bed and windows. The ambience is classic and very French, with reproduction antiques, high ceilings, and subtle colors. Visiting dignitaries can opt for a Presidential Suite with views of the Eiffel Tower; lesser mortals will be happy with the junior and corner suites, which feature separate sitting areas. There’s a covered interior courtyard where you can enjoy a drink on a plush sofa. Pierre Gagnaire, a gourmet pleasure palace of a restaurant, is in the same building.
- Margie Rynn