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5 of the best Paris Fashion Week hotels

Le Bristol, Paris

This week, Paris will fill to bursting point with the international fashion pack – take in the stylish sights at these five glamorous hotspots

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LE BRISTOL PARIS

The palatial Le Bristol on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré has long been top of most editors’ favorite stays. For the most stylish pick-me-up between shows, try the fabulous ritual of a Russian banya at the hotel’s rooftop spa; a somewhat transformative experience that combines birch-twig beatings with plunges into icy water. Afterwards, enjoy the perfect vodka martini in the restaurant Epicure, where the attention to detail is legendary – just like its five-times Michelin-starred chef Éric Fréchon, whose potato mousseline and caviar is worth the trip alone. Delilah Khomo

FOREVER CLASSIC
Old-world elegance is the style directive at Le Bristol, a Paris landmark since 1925
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HÔTEL LUTETIA

Guest roll calls surely don’t get more illustrious than the Hotel Lutetia’s: Albert Camus, Ernest Hemingway, Serge Gainsbourg and Josephine Baker have all checked into this seven-storey Left Bank spot, once owned by the Tattinger champagne family. Both Matisse and Picasso even called it home for a while, and James Joyce wrote part of Ulysses here. Having undergone a four-year, $234m refurbishment – now featuring penthouse suites with 360º panoramas of Paris, restored 1910 frescoes, a brasserie run by Michelin-star chef Gérald Passédat and a huge holistic wellness center – it continues to attract the glitterati, including David Lynch, Catherine Deneuve and Brad Pitt. Natalie Evans-Harding

LET THE LIGHT IN
Hôtel Lutetia’s Le Saint Germain restaurant sits under an incredible stained-glass artwork by Fabrice Hybert

LA RÉSERVE PARIS

With its extraordinary levels of service and discretion, this 19th-century mansion (formerly belonging to Napoleon III’s half-brother and then Pierre Cardin) operates almost like a private members’ club, conjuring all the discreet charm of the bourgeoisie. Built around a charming courtyard garden, La Pagode de Cos offers simple seasonal menus created by Michelin chef Jérôme Banctel, while the south-facing terraces of Le Gabriel offer elegant yet relaxed white-linen-table dining. The spa is the secret trump card, where guests can take a dip in the swimming pool behind drawn curtains. Catherine Fairweather

HÔTEL PROVIDENCE

Opulent, elegant and irreverent – no, we’re not describing the runways at PFW, but Hôtel Providence, a boutique pied-à-terre in haute hipster ’hood Le Marais. Created by Pierre Moussié, the founder of fashion-favorite restaurant Brasserie Barbés, the rooms are a riot of retro palm-tree prints offset with ’70s-style sofas and drinks trolleys. This is the spot in which to hole up with a quiet glass of champagne and avoid the masses – preferably in one of the in-room free-standing bathtubs. Olive Wakefield

SINGULAR STAY
Every room at the Hôtel Providence has been individually decorated for a unique experience

L’HÔTEL

There’s something wonderfully wanton about the Left Bank’s L’Hotel, a former pavillon d'amour (for titillating tête-à-têtes) where Oscar Wilde lived out his last days “above his means”, now where the fashion week crowd go to let their hair down. There’s a Michelin-starred restaurant serving hearty Gallic fare (the duck with fig leaves and Loire Valley eel in chive butter is a highlight) plus the lure of the boudoirs upstairs, bedecked in velvet chinoiserie. Even during the glamour of fashion week, it doesn’t get much more decadent than this. Olive Wakefield

STARRY ESCAPE
Loved by the rich and the famous, L’Hotel is the smallest five-star hotel in Paris