In Paris and Beyond, 6 Sumptuous European Hotels

If you’re planning to attend the Paris Olympics and see a bit of Europe this summer, you have a variety of plush new hotels from which to choose (though they’re likely to fill up quickly). Whether you’re going to the Games or simply going on vacation, you’ll find fresh boutique properties in Paris and many more that are an easy flight away, be it to the French Riviera, Rome, or fittingly, an island in Greece, the birthplace of the ancient games.


Hôtel Balzac

At Hôtel Balzac in Paris, a member of the Relais & Châteaux group of luxury hotels, 58 rooms and suites, some with views of the Eiffel Tower, are inspired by 1930s style.Credit…Hôtel Balzac

Beginning June 1, after a two-year renovation, Hôtel Balzac, a member of Relais & Châteaux, the luxury hotel and restaurant network, is planning to open in the Eighth Arrondissement, within walking distance of the Champs-Élysées. Meant to feel like a Parisian home and inspired by1930s style, the hotel is a sister property of the cozy Relais Christine in the Sixth Arrondissement, as well as the Saint James Paris in the 16th Arrondissement.

With interiors designed by Festen Architecture, there will be 58 rooms and suites in soothing neutral hues, some with views of the Eiffel Tower. Beyond your room you’ll find a lounge where you can enjoy breakfast before strolling the famous boulevard; a Japanese-inspired spa for treatments upon your return; a cocktail bar; and Pierre Gagnaire, a Michelin-starred restaurant with modern French cuisine. Prices from 590 euros, or about $630 a night.

With 23 rooms and suites, Maison Proust in Paris features Belle Époque-inspired spaces, along with objects linked to the French novelist Marcel Proust, including an autographed copy of “Swann’s Way.”Credit…Maison Proust

Maison Proust

Like several of the latest hotels in Paris, such as Hotel Norman and Le Grand Mazarin, this hot spot in the Marais is an intimate affair with just 23 rooms and suites. A homage to the novelist Marcel Proust, the hotel features sumptuous spaces that conjure the Belle Époque and in them you’ll discover objects linked to the hotel’s namesake, including an autographed copy of “Swann’s Way.”

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