A New “Palace” Classification for French Hotels

Your French Hotel Could be A “Palace” Under a New Hotel Classification:

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If your holiday fantasies include staying in a palace during your French holidays, perhaps this is not so out of reach with the new French hotel classification.

Eight amongst the very best 5-star hotels in France have been awarded the distinction of “Palace”.

The first eight luxury hotels in France to have the “palace” rating bestowed upon them include four Paris hotels and four outside of Paris. The eight hotels to receive the honour include:


  • Le Bristol
  • Le Meurice
  • Le Parc Hyatt Vendome, and
  • Plaza-Athénée

Outside of Paris

  • L’Hotel du Palais in Biarritz
  • Les Airelles in Courchevel
  • Le Cheval Blanc in Courchevel
  • Grand Hotel du cap Ferrat in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

The New Palace Category

The French Government established a new hotel classification system in 2009 and this new “Palace” category is a development from that initiative. The hotels that have been awarded the “Palace” classification will receive a special plaque to place on the hotel’s facade.  The first of these will be the façade of the Bristol Hotel in Paris.

As far as the hotels are concerned, the rating is not permanent. It is valid for five years, after which time they will be reviewed again for their “palatial” worthiness. The deciding jury is made up of members of the media, architecture and hotel groups, among others.

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