What qualifies a hotel as the most beautiful? The common saying suggests that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. As such, beauty does not exist on its own but is created by observers. You get to decide what is most beautiful because very seldom will your unique opinion and point of view tie up entirely with anyone else’s. What is definite, though, is that all an American traveler will need to know about ETIAS France and ETIAS requirements is an easy click away.
That being said, it is widely accepted that these qualify as among the most beautiful hotels in France.
Hôtel Crillon le Brave (Provence)
Now for something completely different just a stone’s throw from Avignon. Eight old stone houses form a lovely village-resembling hotel complex connected as they are by way of quaint paved streets and backyards. Provençal features await the guests in rooms furnished with antiques, with exposed beams overhead and terracotta floors underfoot.
Travelers with fur babies will fit right in at this pet-friendly hotel. The old stables have been reinvented to offer restoration and relaxation as the on-site Spa des Ecuries.
Within the complex are an outdoor heated pool and sundeck. When the hunger hits, top-quality dining is available at La Madeleine, a terraced restaurant and a bistro overlooking the picturesque Mont Ventoux and Dentelles de Montmirail.
The Peninsula (Paris)
A 200-room hotel on the Avenue Kleber close to Montaigne and very near the Arc de Triomphe makes for the ideal central location while in Paris. This is a 5-star hotel that has a palatial reputation often hosting stage and screen stars and international sports icons. The rooms have every conceivable convenience, fitted contemporarily with traditional wood and high-end artwork.
Park Hyatt Vendôme (Paris)
An easy and convenient 15 minutes meander from the city of lights’ attractions, this five-star establishment is located near the Place Vendôme and Palais Garnier. The hotel hosts A-list celebrities, tennis champs, and famous singers in its contemporary-styled rooms. For dining options, guests can choose between its one-star Michelin-rated restaurant, the Les Orchidées with its glass ceiling, or the relaxing La Cheminée.
La Réserve Paris Hotel and Spa (Paris)
Five-star personal service is the order of the day here on the fashionable Avenue Gabriel, where it is plain to see how La Réserve Paris is among the most beautiful hotels in France. Indeed, its ambiance is quite comparable with that of the best of the private gentleman’s clubs. With a history going back to the 19 century and a designer interior with a modern feel yet traditional look, guests get the added bonus of breathtaking views of the Paris skyline.
Villa Marie Saint Tropez (French Riviera)
Who out there has not at least heard about the legendary Saint Tropez, indubitably the most famous spot on the French Riviera? Wealthy sun worshippers and superyachts are the order of the day here. But Saint Tropez also has this bohemian villa evocative of mid-20th century Hollywood, nestled perfectly in the cholate box scenery of the hillsides of Ramatuelle. Chic rooms are rustic and stylishly decorated in peaceful tones and very much suited to couples with their four-poster beds and unique bathrooms within the bedrooms. Relax poolside on the terrace or take a dip in the heated pool, enjoy a treatment at Pure Altitude Spa, or grab a bite on the veranda at Dolce Vita.
Château Eza (Provence)
An almost half a century-old Provençal palace in the southeastern Provence, loftily nestled between medieval buildings on a French hillside, can only be a fairytale setting for couples wanting a haven of intimacy. History is reflected in the stone walls and cheminées, and four-poster beds of the twelve rooms. Six of the rooms offer fantastic sea views to add to the ambiance. Michelin-starred cuisine is served in the bar and the restaurant, freshly prepared from local fare. Guests have the option also of alfresco dining on-site.
Terre Blanche (Provence)
Not just one of world’s most reputable golf resorts, the chocolate box wood in front of it makes this perfect for countryside getaways. Terre Blanche is very much appreciated by wanderers, walkers, and nature lovers with its expansive and lush grounds, and ample and interesting paths along which strollers have floral scents brought to life.
Guests get to enjoy the onsite 3827 square yards of spa, complete with a steam bath and hot tub and. Over and above two tennis courts, the two 18-hole golf courses, and indoor and outdoor pools, are a fitness center and a children’s club. Something for every age and family member. The high season brings with it the added smorgasbord of things to do, attractions, and sights to please one and all. To keep up the energy in fine dining style, enjoy a meal in any one of the four restaurants to choose from.
Hotel Sofitel Marseille Vieux Port (Marseille)
The Mediterranean and Old Port are serenely watched over by one of the most beautiful hotels in France, Hotel Sofitel. Not to rest on its laurels as among the most prided locations in all of Marseille, the hotel offers first-rate amenities that live up to its lofty position on top of the world. Guests enjoying the rooms overlooking the Mediterranean are spoiled with an expansive balcony offering unrivaled scenery. The hotel’s room service is not to be sneezed at, either.
La Réserve de Beaulieu & Spa (Provence)
What was very popular seafood restaurant between Monaco and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat that attracted the well-to-do is now also a hotel and spa. Guests have the option of a terraced room with a sea view. Of course, fine dining remains a feature, too, with two beachfront restaurants and a lounge-style bar onsite. An air of aristocratic living combines beatifically with riviera charm, decorated as it is in soft pastels highlighting antique baroque furnishings, and art objects with many of the rooms’ terraces are watching the sea.
InterContinental Marseille – Hotel Dieu (Marseille)
What was in the 18th century a hospital, has metamorphosized magnificently to offer five-star luxury as a fine hotel. Popular among those locals of Marseille with a taste for the exquisite is the hotel’s brasserie and bar. Thirty-three of the rooms are replete with a private loggia gallery with views over the Notre Dame de la Garde. Suites are also available with impressive views of Old Port.
Waldorf Astoria Versailles – Trianon Palace (Versailles)
On the ground level of the 17th-century Ancien Regime palace is of the most beautiful hotels in France, enjoying a prime location overlooking Marie Antoinette’s hamlet. It is here that the erstwhile Queen of France had her farm animals and faux villagers. Guests will have to ask for a room with this particular view if they so prefer.
Other views to mention are from the floor-to-ceiling windows to be found in the bar and restaurant areas, ideally overlooking the greenery of the surrounds. This elegant traditional hotel has décor perfectly suited to its reputation. Art Deco blends with contemporary furnishings and Ancien Regime-style grandeur to be found in the chandeliers and gold leaf. Salon Clemenceau is a point of fact as the location of the preparation of the Treaty of Versailles before the signing thereof in the palace’s Hall of Mirrors.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, (Cap d’Antibes)
Once the retreat of a famous artist in the 1870s, the hotel allures majestically on the southern tip of the Cap d’Antibes. The luxurious rooms and suites and villas all afford panoramic views of the surrounding acres of pine trees and pristine natural treasures.
Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc lives up to its name though with the heated seawater infinity pool that has become quite mythical over time. The pool has been carved into the rocks to add just that fairytale edge that is an unexpected surprise. Guests can also choose to take advantage of the unquestionable privacy afforded by the 31 cabanas nestled in the cliffs of Cap d’Antibes.
Villa Gallici (Outside Marseille)
Luxury and the realization of dreams are the aims of this villa where indulgence and style are unquestionable and assured. Manicured gardens in which to while away the day, views of the ocean on the horizon, and a more than adequate swimming pool inside a lovely courtyard are only part of its allure. When it comes to appetizing meals, not even the most demanding gourmet will leave unsatiated.