My Top 5 Hotel Lounges in Paris
Don’t make me do it. It’s like having to pick your favorite kid. Why can’t I list Top 10 instead of 5? I have been visiting Paris for over 20 years. I am addicted to luxurious hotels, and relaxing with a glass of Champagne in the lounge is my “thing”. (read hotel addiction blog) I want to give my readers a realistic list that you can look at and say, “these 2 are a must on our trip to Paris next month”. The larger the list, the more unobtainable to “knock out” sort of speak. I promise you will want to visit all, depending on your “Champagne allowance”. Do not expect this in order of preference, as I would never “lower” any of the below, as they are all first class to me.
FOUR SEASONS GEORGE V
I remember saving for months on my first stay in a luxurious 5 star hotel. Well, George V was my first, if you know what I mean. Myself and best friend spent 4 heavenly nights, and since we were on vacation, we enjoyed cocktails daily in Le Bar. When the bartender brought a stool for my purse, I fell in love that moment. The bar is center stage on one side, and a charming fireplace on the other. The staff is delightful, and the dark mahogany walls and inviting couches make this intimate lounge a worthwhile stop for Champagne.
When that door opens, immediately you imagine the 1920’s and Ernest Hemingway sitting in the back corner with a journal, pencil and of course, Martini. If those historic walls could talk about all the literary icons that made this library style bar their drinking grounds. Not only because of the history, I go for legendary bartender Colin Peter Field who has presided here for 23 years. Even after the 4 year renovation, it’s illustrious walls make you want to have a drink, open a book, and wallow in the greatness called The Ritz.
Sexy oozes out of this hotel as the hot doorman escorts me in. I was intimidated my first visit as a 6 foot tall bombshell 100lbs wet sauntered past and I felt that Nutella crêpe gurgle inside me. But then as you enter the dimly lit lounge with its rich and deep interior, you begin to strut with an air of seductive confidence. This is definitely a lounge of beauty and beautiful people. A bit more hip vs. iconic. So, wear those high heels and slinky dress. Gentleman, break out the blingy watch and dab on that cologne. Get ready for an arousing evening with your loved one or be ready to find them in this steamy sultry lounge.
HOTEL DE CRILLON
Old and New. I’ve been visiting this hotel since before the recent 4 year renovations and I was ecstatic when it reopened in July. I loved the old bar, especially how quant it was, and I am in awe of the new. One problem I worry about with renovations is becoming too modernized, cold and sterile. Not here. The warmth and coziness eludes and maintains that classic luxurious feel. It’s larger than I had expected, so that means the couches are bigger, the pillows are fluffier, and the Martini is just right. Make sure to visit when they have a singer and musicians, it will make you sink deeper in those pillows with Champagne.
Le Bar Kléber
Over two years ago when I read about this hotel opening, it was the first place I went 4 hours after landing at CDG. I was in awe when I made my entrance into such a stunning grandiose room. 6 months later, I took family and spent Christmas Eve surrounded by the dark mahogany walls enjoying copious cocktails and snacks. The height of the ceilings and the detailed carvings within the moldings is magnificent. A must visit for any special reason to enjoy a cocktail.
There you have it. All 5 are a diverse, and each has a different provocative allure. Soon you will see why I keep coming back for more. The hardest decision to make is: Champagne or Martini tonight?