Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Transport yourself out of Paris with this high-gloss hotel, where the past—charming, though it is—doesn’t trump present. You might call it another elegance; but it makes sense that this would be the case at a Mandarin, where the codes for ‘luxury’ are different, where guests and staff alike swear by impeccable service from start to finish; stylish modern decor; and high-class dining and spa options. The unapologetically modern Thierry Marx overseeing Sur Mesure and Camélia is another way to bridge the divide: having him on board is a clear nod to the local culture and culinary prowess, but his inventiveness and diverse culinary background matches the hotel’s contemporary spirit. Another feature that sets Mandarin apart? The to-go Cake Shop located at the entrance to Camélia, one of the only properties in Paris that has this on offer.